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Friday, July 31, 2009

Sourav Ganguly reveals secret behind toss delay

Almost eight years after he got under the skin of Steve Waugh in the 2001 series, Sourav Ganguly today revealed the secret of making the Australian captain wait for the toss.

Interacting with the participants of his new TV reality show Dadagiri Unlimited, the former India captain said the delay was not deliberate.

"There is a tradition that both team captains have to sport the team blazer while going for the toss. On that particular day, I did not get my blazer and it took time to get hold of it... That was the reason for the delay," Ganguly told a participant.

In the epic 2001 series, India beat Australia 2-1 to end the Aussies world record of Test wins.

The toss incident is the folklore with the former World Cup winning Australian captain criticising the iconic left-hander for deliberately delaying the proceedings.

The two former skippers had a strained relationship during the historic series with Ganguly's turning up late during India's home series being the lowest point.

In his autobiography, 'Out Of My Comfort Zone', Waugh has criticised Ganguly dubbing him 'elitist' saying he was 'wound up' by the former Indian captain's 'continued petulance' in being late for the toss and then walking off.

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