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Ganguly is difficult to work with: Flintoff

London: In what could be music to Greg Chappell's ears, England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff says in his autobiography that Team India captain Sourav Ganguly is a difficult person to get along with.

The beefy English all-rounder, who shared the Lancashire dressing room with the `Prince of Kolkata' in 2000, makes such an observation in his autobiography Being Freddie which hit the stands on Thursday.

Lord Snooty

Devoting quite some space for the Indian captain in the book, Flintoff alleged Ganguly was aloof in the side, something that prompted the British media to dub the Indian ``Lord Snooty''.

``He wasn't interested in the other players and it became a situation where it was 10 players and Ganguly in the team. He turned up as if he was royalty — it was like having Prince Charles on your side,'' Flintoff observed.

``There were rumours he was asking people to carry his coffin for him, although he never asked me,'' he said.

``Ganguly just didn't work out at all. You can accept a player not playing well, because we all have our ups and downs in our career, but he just didn't want to get involved.''

Recalling an incident, Flintoff said, ``He turned up for his first net session with Lancashire, when you would have thought he would have wanted to make a good impression, and got hit on the back of the knee by Mike Smethurst.''

``Those sort of blows do hurt, but you normally rub it a bit and make sure you grin because everybody else is laughing. Ganguly didn't see it that way and got the hump and we didn't see him again for two days.''

Awkward character

Flintoff feels Ganguly is an awkward character and cited an off-the-field incident to prove his point.

``I've been out for dinner with him since that season a couple of times on England duty, the most notable time being that winter in Kenya for the ICC Trophy.''

``We went out to a little curry house he had found and saw the umpire Venkat sitting over the other side of the room. Straight away he got up and went over to talk to him for 20 minutes while I sat like a spare part eating my curry on my own,'' he recalled.

However, things are not that bad between them, insists Flintoff.

``We say hello to each other now and we are pleasant to each other, but it doesn't go any further than that. I don't dislike the bloke, but it's a struggle with him.''

England's Ashes hero shares an interesting relationship with the Indian southpaw. Flintoff had ripped his shirt off in celebration after winning a one-day match in India and Ganguly returned the compliment with a perfect copy after India won the 2002 NatWest Series.

The duo will face each other when England tours India early next year. — UNI

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