” if you poked Dada, you were going to get something back always” – Graeme Smith
Former India skipper is one of the largest gifts for Indian cricket. After he appeared in Indian team, he was the pioneer to turn India into a superpower. Infact, at present he is modifying team into the best one ,outside the field. Former South Africa Graeme Smith has also heaped praise on Sourav Ganguly for causing a revolutionary change in Indian cricket.
Smith, believes the former India captain’s feature of giving it back to the opposition is a unique feature for him. Talking about the relationship the two have come to a mutual sporting fraternity.
“You knew if you poked Dada, you were going to get something back always. I have spent a fair amount of time with Dada now. Particularly in administration now, we are having a number of conversations over the telephone. He is always calm and approachable, always interested in a good conversation.” said Smith.
Smith recalled Ganguly’s epic celebration at Lord’s Calling it a beautiful sight, Smith said the celebration was synonymous to the fearless attitude when he took off his shirt and waved it after India beat England
“I think all of us remember that celebration, it was a beautiful sight seeing Dada. More than anything besides the humour of it all, it was the passion that he showed in celebration,” Smith said.
“It showed how much India winning meant to him and to overcome the challenge of winning the NatWest Trophy in England, to win away from home, driving Indian cricket forward. I think that shot epitomises everything we have discussed today. But I do have a chuckle every time I see it now. Also, Dada was running short on the hair side on those days, so it is a very humorous shot. But from a passion perspective, that speaks volumes about Dada.”
Although, things never slipped out of hands and neither did Ganguly make Smith wait at the toss, a treatment he dished out to Australia’s Steve Waugh and the feud between the duo was remained as a fruitful one.
“No, he didn’t,” responded Smith when asked if Ganguly ever made his wait at the toss. “We had one or two moments when we were at each other a little bit. I was quite feisty in my youth as a captain and certainly we know that Dada never backed away.”