Bullying Ganguly

After publishing (they were the first to publish) the full text of Chappell's email, DNA seems to have become obsessed with the topic of Ganguly and his snooty ways. This time they have dug up an excerpt from Ian Austin's (the "blockhole" delivery specialist from Lancashire) auto-biography (published a few years ago), "Bully for you, Oscar".

"The lads did their best to make him feel welcome, part of the dressing room. They offered to take him out in the evenings, but he didn’t want to know. Before long, the feeling was that if he couldn’t be bothered to make the effort, neither could we. There was no bust-up. He just went his way and we went ours.

It was so different with Murali and Waz (Wasim). Perhaps those two spoiled us. The dressing-room culture is an important part of the framework of a team. Everyone has to fit, take the jokes on the chin and join in the banter. Ganguly didn’t see it that way. In a way, I feel sorry for him. He missed on something special.

Maybe one day he’ll look back on his time with Lancashire and wonder if he could have made more of it. He simply wasn’t the right man for the Lancashire dressing room".

Any more auto-biographies, diaries, memories? Anybody who lived in Lacashire during those "Lord Snooty" days is welcome to send in his/her entry to the friendly Indian media. Not just the players. The groundsmen, the scorers, the janitors, the gatekeepers, the taxi drivers, the restaurant waiters - all are welcome.

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