Home > Features >

Sachin Tendulkar wanted to pack me off from West Indies tour: Sourav Ganguly

Tendulkar © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar (left) was livid that Sourav Ganguly didn’t turn up for a run after India lost a Test to the West Indies at Kensington Oval, Barbados in 1997 © Getty Images

Sourav Ganguly has confessed in a recent article that Sachin Tendulkar had almost sent him back midway during the 1997 tour of West Indies. Humjee Break-Sheikh looks at the incident.

Remember the “Noel who?” tour of 1997? Well, it turns out that those were not the only uncharacteristic words to have been uttered by Sachin Tendulkar on that tour. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has mentioned another incident of “severe bollocking” from the Little Master in his reminiscences of the legend in the chapter Gifts, Appetite, Game Sense, and Very Little Bengali in ESPNCricinfo’s latest compilation Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back.

The incident goes back to the third (and only decisive) Test of the tour, played at Kensington Oval. Chasing 120, India were skittled out for 81 by Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop, and Franklyn Rose (VVS Laxman was the only batsman to reach double figures). The Indian team sat dejected in the dressing-room after the shocking defeat in the match. Tendulkar, especially, was absolutely livid.

Ganguly had decided to go up to Tendulkar to change his mood — to make him “think positive” and “to stop beating himself and us up so much.” Tendulkar had responded with the words “go for a run tomorrow morning.” Unfortunately, Ganguly did not turn up for the run, the following morning. To his credit, Ganguly admitted his fault in the article.

It would be apt to quote Ganguly himself on what followed when his captain got to know of his absence: “His [Tendulkar’s] face was almost purple with anger. He told me, in language that cannot be printed, that he was going to send me home and that I should sort myself out because my career could be ending. The thought of being sent home was enough to light a fire under my shoes. I wouldn’t have broken any records, never have, never will, but from the next morning I was up and running.”

Throughout the article, Ganguly has showered accolades on Tendulkar, emphasising on the lesser-known moments and the camaraderie between the most successful One-Day International (ODI) pair of all time. He has also brought out the difficulties Tendulkar had faced while leading India: “He [Tendulkar] led on some very tough tours — South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia — and it must be said that he didn’t lose eight in a row.”

(Humjee Break-Sheikh eats, drinks, breathes and lives cricket. Unfortunately, he does not believe in social media.)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali


World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014  at Raipur

NK won by 33 runs (D/L method)


KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 2 CLT20 2014


Kane, Devcich praise each others knock

Live Cricket Score Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions CLT20 2014: KKR labour to 4 wicket win

CLT20 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions (LL), Match 7: 5 key battles

Before Mitchell Marsh, Surinder Amarnath had hit sixes off last two balls to win a match in England

Kings XI Punjab vs Barbados Tridents, Match 5, CLT20 2014: Highlights

CLT20 2014: Mitchell Marsh stakes his claim for a spot in Australia’s ICC World Cup 2015 squad with late blitz for Perth Scorchers against Dolphins

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Hobart Hurricanes Incheon Asian Games India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions

Bigg Boss 8: Ajit Chandila not to be a contestant of the show

CLT20 match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Lahore Lions (LL) almost like India-Pakistan clash

CLT20 2014: Mohammed Hafeez blames fielders after losing

CLT20 2014: Gautam Gambhir backs fielders after victory against Pakistan side Lahore Lions

CLT20 2014: Shah Rukh Khan thrilled after Kolkata Knight Riders’s win against Pakistan side Lahore Lions

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Dolphins, Match 8, CLT20 2014: Dolphins’ likely XI

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kuldeep Yadav’s dramatic debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shows he is one for the future

Cape Cobras v Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 — Highlights

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lahore Lions highlights, CLT20 2014, Match 6

Steven Smith: I would love to bat at No 3 in ODI cricket

Fan of the Day

Cyrus Irani

Cyrus Irani

770 Posts | 24 Fans

Italy 0 Costa Rica 1 Full Match Highlights and Goals Video: FIFA World Cup 2014 Match 24

Bang Bang Dare: Hrithik Roshan challenges Priyanka Chopra to do handstand push-ups

Revealed: The real reason why Upen Patel agreed to do Bigg Boss 8

Kind people appear to be more attractive

Customized tablets make way to India for Rs 5,000 onwards

Round 2 in Android One war: New phones may hit market by December-end

Revealed: Puneet Issar, RJ Preetam, Deepshikha Nagpal are the members of Bigg Boss 8′s Secret Society!

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Perth Scorchers (PRS) Preview: Group A Match 8 of Champions League T20 2014 (CLT20)

Asian Games 2014 Live Updates: Shooter Ayonika Paul qualifies for 10m Air Rifle Women’s finals

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here