NEW DELHI: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has recalled a hilarious conversation he had with former president Pervez Musharraf regarding veteran wicket-keeper MS Dhoni during India’s 2006 tour of Pakistan.
“I still remember Pervez Musharraf asking me from where did you get him,” Ganguly said when asked about MS Dhoni, who has not been in the best of form for some time now.
“I told him he was walking near the Wagah border and we pulled him in,” the former Indian skipper said on a lighter note.
Hailing Dhoni as a “champion”, Ganguly further said that “like everyone else he has to perform” to maintain his position in the side. Dhoni has been at the centre of a lot of discussion lately with selections opting to rest the veteran wicket-keeper for the T20I?series against West Indies and Australia.
“He’s another champion. Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the World Twenty 20. Just like everyone else he has to perform. There’s one must in life: whatever job you do, wherever you are, whatever age you have, how much experience you have, you have to keep performing at the top level otherwise someone else will take your place,” Ganguly said.
“I wish him Dhoni all the luck because we want champions to go on a high, whenever he goes. I still feel he can hit the ball in the stands. He’s a phenomenal cricketer,” the former Indian skipper added.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sourav Ganguly’s new autobiography, ‘A Century Is Not Enough’ just hit the stores and the book contains quite a few unknown incidents about the cricketer’s life during his illustrious career spanning 16 years.
One of the incidents which Ganguly wrote about in his book happened when he led India on a tour to Pakistan in 2004.
The Indian team was surrounded by security personnel throughout the tour. The ODI series saw Ganguly’s team win the five-match series 3-2.
During their stay at Lahore’s Pearl Continental Hotel, Ganguly wanted to head out to the famous food street in the city known as Gawalmandi but due to the tight security he had to literally sneak out of the building.
“Well past midnight I discovered that my friends were making plans to visit the iconic Food Street for kebabs and tandoori dishes. The area is known as Gawalmandi,” says Ganguly in the book co-written with journalist Gautam Bhattacharya.
“I didn’t inform our security officer as I knew he would have stopped me. I had only told our team manager Ratnakar Shetty. I slipped through the backdoor with a cap which covered half my face I knew it was breaking the rules, but I felt I had to get away from the rifles and tanks.”