‘Lord’s is your Mecca, Wankhede is ours’ – When Sourav Ganguly’s savage response silenced fellow commentator Geoffrey Boycott
Ganguly got engaged in a famous banter with Geoffrey Boycott in the commentary box.
Updated - Jul 8, 2021 6:51 pm
Sourav Ganguly turned 49 on Thursday (July 8) and social media is flooded with greetings for the former Indian captain and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. Born in 1972, Ganguly is one of the most significant personalities in Indian cricket and his contribution to the national team is nothing but priceless. Thanks to his mental grit and belief to defy the odds, Ganguly put several phenomenal performances in his glorious career, taking India to one triumph after another.
Aggression is one term that was closely associated with Ganguly’s playing style. Unlike most of his teammates, the southpaw didn’t mind expressing emotions to the fullest. Speaking of Ganguly’s aggression, it would be a crime to not talk about his antics in the Lord’s balcony after India defeated England in the 2002 Natwest Trophy final.
After Zaheer Khan smashed the winning runs, a delighted Ganguly took off his shirt and started waving it while celebrating. Notably, the same year England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff had also celebrated by taking off his jersey in a match against India in Mumbai. Hence, the ‘Dada’ of Indian cricket didn’t hold back in settling the scores.
Ganguly’s stunning show in the commentary box
Although it has been almost two decades since that incident, Ganguly’s celebrations are still fresh in fans’ mind. Time and again, the southpaw has also been asked to throw lights on his act. Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott also had a famous conversation with Ganguly regarding the same in the commentary box. Boycott cheekily tried to pull Ganguly’s leg over his act but little did he know, the Prince of Bengal was ready with an apt reply.
Here is their conversation:
Geoffrey Boycott: You must mention your experience of taking your jersey off and flying it in the air at the Mecca of cricket – Lord’s! Ohh you naughty boy!
Sourav Ganguly: One of your boys (referring to Flintoff) also took off his jersey here in Mumbai.
Geoffrey Boycott: Ya, but Lord’s is the Mecca of cricket.
Sourav Ganguly: Lord’s is your Mecca, Wankhede is ours.
This conversation shows what Ganguly is and why messing up with him is not a good idea. Fortunately for opposition teams, the southpaw is now retired and won’t showcase his blitzes over the 22 yards. However, he continues his contribution towards Indian cricket, serving as the president of BCCI.