Sourav plays motivator
From a Mumbai Mirror story, these two vignettes:
Inspiration, it seems, can come in any form. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who’s had a disappointing tour of Pakistan so far, joined the Pakistan team on Sunday to hear Maulana Tariq Jamil speak.
Jamil, a young preacher from the Tableeghi Jamat sect, is a big hit with some of the Pakistan team members and whenever the team plays at Faisalabad, the devout in the team make it a point to listen to the motivating talks of the maulana to lift their spirits. Including Shoaib Akhtar, which is slightly surprising.
The former India captain, it appears, has taken things in his stride and is doing his bit to keep the morale high.
For instance yesterday, when Shoaib Akhtar was spitting fire verbally and with the second new ball in the post-lunch session, Ganguly dashed out of the pavilion with a water bottle in his hand during the drinks break.
He was seen egging Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the wicketkeeper batsman had just faced the music from Akhtar. India was in dire straits at that stage and had just lost Yuvraj.
Some of the Pakistan fielders could not let the opportunity go by and there was some banter exchanged between them and Ganguly.