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.
Sourav Ganguly revealed that once Pervez Musharraf asked me that. “From where did you get MS Dhoni?”
“I still remember Pervez Musharraf asking me from where did you get him,” Ganguly said according to Hindustan Times when asked about MS Dhoni, who has not been in the best of form for some time now.
Ganguly replied on a lighter note;
“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.
He further said that, he was not surprised by India women’s cricket team’s decision to drop senior pro Mithali Raj for their World T20 World Cup semi-final against England, which they lost by eight wickets.
Despite scoring back to back half centuries, the ODI captain was rested for the final league stage game against Australia due to a knee injury and didn’t figure in the semis too.
“No! I have also sat out in the dug out after captaining India. When I saw Mithali Raj being dropped, I said ‘Welcome to the group’,” Ganguly said while addressing a gathering at the Tollygunge Club.
Ganguly, however, said it’s not the end of the world for Mithali.
“You should always remember you’re best because you did something and there’s an opportunity again. So, I am not too disappointed seeing Mithali being asked to sit out. I have not been disappointed to see the reactions on the ground.
But I am disappointed because India lost the semifinals because I thought they had the team to go the distance. It happens as they say there’s no guarantee in life. Do the best,” expressed Ganguly.