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Don't indulge in adventures in Pakistan: Pervez Musharraf had once warned Sourav Ganguly

This happened during India's tour of Pakistan in 2004, when Dada ventured out on the streets of Lahore at midnight without informing security officers

Prabhjeet Singh Sethi 26 February 2018, 5:03 PM
Ganguly proves he's a risk taker

Ganguly proves he's a risk taker Image: AFP

For Sourav Ganguly, taking risks paid off only on the cricket field. Off it, it shockingly triggered a warning from Pervez Musharraf.

In his recently released book, A Century Is Not Enough, Ganguly recently opened up on how a midnight adventure back in 2004 in Lahore, Pakistan, fetched him a warning from the then Pakistani President.

He writes, "Well past midnight I discovered that my friends were making plans to visit the iconic Food Street for kebabs and tandoori dishes. 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 it was breaking the rules, but I felt I had to get away from the rifles and tanks."

Dada Musharraf
Dada with Musharraf. Image: Twitter

But Ganguly, who was then the Indian captain, couldn't stay inconspicuous for long. At a food joint, he ran into journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

"A few yards from where we sat was journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. The moment Rajdeep spotted me, he started shouting, Sourav, Sourav." 

And then there was nothing but chaos. "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'.”

Sourav immediately left for the hotel, and the moment he thought the ordeal was over, there was a call from the Pakistani President. Although polite, Musharraf sounded Ganguly a warning, saying, “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'.” 

This was the moment when Dada thought facing the deadly Wasim Akram was easier. "Facing Wasim Akram's deadly in-cutter was less scary!” Dada writes.

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