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Ganguly won my heart: Saqlain

Sourav Ganguly.

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Pakistan spin legend says former India captain will do well as BCCI president

Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq hailed former India captain Sourav Ganguly on his current role as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The pair has faced each other a few times on the pitch and Saqlain shared an interesting anecdote about Ganguly from their playing days.

“When India was touring England, I was playing for Sussex. They had a three-day practice match in Sussex and Sourav (Ganguly) was not playing that match. Sussex won the toss and decided to bat,” Saqlain said in a video on Youtube.

“I think this happened in 2005-06. I had undergone surgery on both knees and was bed-ridden for 36-37 weeks. I was both down and depressed.

“I was making a comeback in that post surgery period and Sourav had come to watch that match. When Sussex were batting, Sourav had seen me from the balcony. I did not see him because our dressing room was facing the other direction.

“Ganguly then came to our dressing room and offered me a cup of coffee and enquired about my knees, life and family.

“Then we just started talking. He sat with me for 40 minutes and ended up winning my heart.”

Great skipper

Saqlain said that Ganguly was a great captain for India and will emulate that success as BCCI president.

“Ganguly had done a tremendous job captaining India and I am sure that he will go a long way in taking cricket forward in his country as the BCCI president. All the best and go ahead.”

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