Too many gentlemen in my India team, only Harbhajan and me held the Indian flag, jokes Sourav Gangulyhttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/sourav-ganguly-sachin-tendulkar-rahul-dravid-harbhajan-singh-sledging-5822867/

Too many gentlemen in my India team, only Harbhajan and me held the Indian flag, jokes Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly spoke about how Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman would react when asked to sledge, and how Harbhajan Singh was the only person in his team who 'did everything I told him to do'.

Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh celebrate during India’s 2001 Test series against Australia (File Photo)

Sourav Ganguly, speaking during the rain interruption in India’s World Cup semifinal clash against New Zealand on Tuesday, spoke about the Indian team he captained. Going down the memory lane, with VVS Laxman at his side, Ganguly responded to a question on what the team’s strategy was to battle the Australia team – especially the mental battles being played out on the field.

“It was very hard with that team, because we had too many gentlemen. If you ask Rahul Dravid to do that, he’ll come back and say ‘No no no that’s not the right way to play.’ You ask VVS Laxman to do that, he’ll say ‘I’m concentrating on my batting.’ And if you tell Sachin to do it, he will stand at mid-on and tell the mid-wicket fielder to sledge Steve Waugh, and himself not do it,” the former Indian skipper said on  Star Sports’ Cricket Live show.

Continuing to joke as Laxman and the studio host laughed, Ganguly added, “There were a lot of issues in that team. The only ones holding the Indian flag were Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly. Sardarji did everything I told him to do.”

Ganguly was the captain of the India team from 2000 to 2005, a period when India beat Australia in a Test series at home and drew a Test series in Australia.

New Zealand had scored 211/5 in 46.1 overs before rain came down to curtail action in the first semifinal.