Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri have been engaged in a bitter war of words of late over the appointment of the new Indian coach. As they grab headlines, we go back in time, and look at another instance when they were in the news together.
Do you know that Ganguly and Shastri go a long way back? In fact, they were part of the same touring party in 1991-92, when India made a long visit to Australia. And, as a matter of habit, they made news for contrasting reasons back then as well.
Ganguly made his ODI debut during this tour, against West Indies at Brisbane, on January 11, 1992, as part of the Benson & Hedges series. He was dismissed for 3, but it were allegations of refusing to carry drinks on to the field that became a bigger issue. Ganguly rubbishes all such reports, but there is always a mention of the same when the list of his controversies is spoken about.
Watch footage of Ganguly’s ODI debut
Shastri, then in the twilight of his career, created history by becoming the first Indian batsman to score a double hundred in Australia. He achieved the feat when he made 206 in the third Test of the series at Sydney. The match is notable for being Shane Warne’s Test debut, on whom Shastri was extremely severe in the match.