The heated cricketing rivalry between India and Pakistan often paints a picture of animosity amongst the two sides but the players’ interactions off the field usually provides a whole different perspective. This notion was reestablished recently as spin wizard Saqlain Mushtaq narrated an incident involving ex-skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Saqlain remembered how he was drenched with despair in the aftermath of his knee surgery that kept him bed-ridden for several months in 2005. Following the operation, he participated in a county match where Ganguly was present as he was alongside the Indian team touring England. Thereafter, Ganguly met Saqlain and chatted with him and inquired about his health.
"I was making a comeback in that post-surgery period, and Sourav had come to watch that match. When Sussex was batting, Ganguly then came to our dressing room and offered me a cup of coffee and enquired about my knees, life, family. Then we just started talking. He sat with me for 40 minutes and ended up winning my heart,” Saqlain said.