Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sourav Ganguly Got Afraid When He Got A Call From Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Here Is What Happened

Sourav Ganguly, is undoubtedly one of the most talented and successful captains, the Indian cricket has ever seen. He is more popular as “Dada” and just recently, his autobiography, “A Century Is Not Enough” has got published in which he has talked about many incidents and memories of his life.

One of the most interesting and terrifying incidents of Dada’s life is when he got a call from the former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. If we have to sum up how much Sourav was mortified after receiving the call, in his words,

“Facing Wasim Akram’s deadly in-cutter was less scary!”

In 2004, when India went on a tour to Pakistan, the security of Indian cricketers was a priority for Pakistani administration and they were not making any compromise on it. When Sourav found out that his friends are planning to visit Gawalmandi, a street popular for kebabs and tandoori dishes, he took the decision of going on his own and evade the security.

This is what he said,

“I didn’t inform our security officer as I knew he would have stopped me. I had only told our team manager Ratnakar Shetty. I slipped through the backdoor with a cap which covered half my face. I knew I was breaking the rules, but I felt I had to get away from the rifles and tanks.”

Sourav was a very popular cricketer by that time, so it was definitely risky for him to go out without security. He also developed a way for saying “No” in changed voice if someone asks him who is he.
Everything was going fine, until he was noticed by an Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, Sourav told

“We were about to finish our dinner when someone finally called my bluff. A few yards from where we sat was journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. The moment Rajdeep spotted me, he started shouting, Sourav, Sourav. I knew I was in trouble.”

The crowd started gathering over there to get a look of the Indian captain as Sourav told,

 “People started coming in from all directions and I got gheraoed-…While I tried to pay the bill and escape, the shopkeeper refused to accept payment. He kept on saying, ‘Bahut achcha. We need someone as aggressive as you to lead Pakistan’.”

If this was not enough, he was also chased by a biker when he was returning to hotel, he said

“While we were making our way back to the hotel a speeding motorbike chased our car.. The biker was asking me to roll down the window. My co-passengers kept telling me not to as they feared he might have a bomb. I, however, did not see any threat and obliged. He stretched out his hand and echoed the shopkeeper in Food Street, ‘I am a big fan of yours. Pakistan needs a leader like you.”

Sourav reached the hotel safely but then he got a call from the Pakistani President of that time. Pervez Musharraf. Sourav recollects,

“President Musharraf was polite but firm. He said, ‘Next time you want to go out please inform the security and we will have an entourage with you. But please don’t indulge in adventures’.”
So there is someone who has petrified Dada too.

Tags: Sourav Ganguly, Dada, Pervez Musharraf, cricket, captain, Pakistan

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