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Monday, 31 December 2018

Ganguly trashes Waugh's Instagram post


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Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has taken a fresh swipe at old nemesis Steve Waugh, after the ex-Australian skipper posted his selections for the Sydney Test on Instagram.

Waugh named a changed line-up for the SCG match, in which India has the chance to claim its first-ever Test series win in Australia. He dropped Aaron Finch for Marnus Labuschagne (batting No.6), and shuffled the order to have Shaun Marsh open, Tim Paine bat at No.5 and Mitch Marsh at No.7.

Yet Ganguly claimed Waugh's post proved that Australian cricket was at a low ebb. It appeared to insinuate that Waugh could not have his voice heard more directly, which could be taken as a crack at both the former captain and Cricket Australia.

https://twitter.com/SGanguly99/status/1079660357990432768

Ganguly and Waugh have a tense history. Waugh accused his Indian rival of breaking with etiquette during Australia's 2001 Test tour of the subcontinent, leaving him waiting in the middle for the coin toss. Ganguly admitted to arriving late on purpose once to play mind games with Waugh, though the Australian captain believes he was left waiting four times.

"Match referee Cammie Smith was very upset about it," Waugh told Indian media in 2016.

"He came to me and said he had to do something about it. I don't think he got under my skin. It was just an etiquette thing. What he wasn't doing wasn't in the spirit of two captains walking out together and shaking hands after the toss."

Waugh has since forgiven Ganguly and credited him for giving Indian cricket a harder edge, which has again come to the fore under current captain Virat Kohli.

"Ganguly was the first captain that changed the perception of the way India played their cricket. Now, there is not much difference between the Indian and Australian teams," Waugh said.

It remains to be seen if Waugh has been irked by Ganguly's Twitter barb.

A former Indian player and Channel 7 commentator for the current Test series, Aakash Chopra, said the saddest thing about Waugh's post was that the modest team he had selected was perhaps the strongest available for Australia, as they try to salvage a 2-2 series draw.

https://twitter.com/cricketaakash/status/1079694003757436928

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has taken a fresh swipe at old nemesis Steve Waugh, after the ex-Australian skipper posted his selections for the Sydney Test on Instagram.

Waugh named a changed line-up for the SCG match, in which India has the chance to claim its first-ever Test series win in Australia. He dropped Aaron Finch for Marnus Labuschagne (batting No.6), and shuffled the order to have Shaun Marsh open, Tim Paine bat at No.5 and Mitch Marsh at No.7.

Yet Ganguly claimed Waugh's post proved that Australian cricket was at a low ebb. It appeared to insinuate that Waugh could not have his voice heard more directly, which could be taken as a crack at both the former captain and Cricket Australia.

https://twitter.com/SGanguly99/status/1079660357990432768

Ganguly and Waugh have a tense history. Waugh accused his Indian rival of breaking with etiquette during Australia's 2001 Test tour of the subcontinent, leaving him waiting in the middle for the coin toss. Ganguly admitted to arriving late on purpose once to play mind games with Waugh, though the Australian captain believes he was left waiting four times.

"Match referee Cammie Smith was very upset about it," Waugh told Indian media in 2016.

"He came to me and said he had to do something about it. I don't think he got under my skin. It was just an etiquette thing. What he wasn't doing wasn't in the spirit of two captains walking out together and shaking hands after the toss."

Waugh has since forgiven Ganguly and credited him for giving Indian cricket a harder edge, which has again come to the fore under current captain Virat Kohli.

"Ganguly was the first captain that changed the perception of the way India played their cricket. Now, there is not much difference between the Indian and Australian teams," Waugh said.

It remains to be seen if Waugh has been irked by Ganguly's Twitter barb.

A former Indian player and Channel 7 commentator for the current Test series, Aakash Chopra, said the saddest thing about Waugh's post was that the modest team he had selected was perhaps the strongest available for Australia, as they try to salvage a 2-2 series draw.

https://twitter.com/cricketaakash/status/1079694003757436928

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