Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly and his Australian counterpart, Steve Waugh, were always known to be one of the most fierce rivals on the field and they were united during the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia to send fans into nostalgia. The cricket legends were seen indulged in a long discussion while the proceedings in the Mumbai ODI unfolded.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also posted a picture from the meeting on his Instagram account. He captioned the picture as, “Competed with this man for a long period .. tremendous respect”. Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who had played under the captaincy of Ganguly, liked the picture and commented “legends” on it.
The 2000-01 and 2003-04 series between India and Australia will remain to be one of the most memorable Test series for the fans of both the countries for a long time. The 2003-04 series was the swansong for Waugh as he bade adieu to international cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Ganguly is also remembered for frustrating Waugh during the 2000-01 series. It has been said often the ”Prince of Kolkata” used to make Waugh wait for the toss before the start of every Test match.
Sourav went on to make more than 7,000 runs in Test cricket, while Waugh registered 10,927 runs. India, meanwhile, lost the Mumbai ODI by 10-wicket to Australia. They also conceded a 0-1 lead to the visitors in the three-match series.
The men in blue lost teh first ODI by a huge margin of 10 wickets as they bundled out for a meager score of 255 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India will host Australia in Rajkot for the second ODI while the final match will be played at Bengaluru on January 19.