Tugga still waiting for his 1998 trophy!

New Delhi, Aug. 6 -- "A cheap-and-nasty trophy is probably still residing in the cold, dimly-lit change room in Delhi," Steve Waugh wrote in his autobiography 'Out Of My Comfort Zone'. He was referring to a trophy his boys should have laid their hands on, after winning a tri-series on April 14, 1998 at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

Incidentally, Waugh was the man-of-the-match as Australia beat India by four wickets in the final.

A series of sessions dominated by Sachin Tendulkar's blade handed Australia a loss in the Tests. When Michael Bevan hit the winning runs in Kotla, however, they had their ODI consolation prize. Fifteen years later, Waugh is keen to take that trophy home. "As captain, I didn't win too much in India. It is an abandoned trophy that sits here somewhere (in Delhi). If you can hand it to us, we'd love to take it to Australia," he told HT on Monday.


Australia didn't get the prizemoney either. Immediately after that tri-series, both sides travelled to Sharjah for another event. "In the Dubai desert, Tendulkar overcame a sandstorm to create back-to-back masterpieces and steer his team to tournament victory. In doing so, he earned an extra bonus from the Indian Board, who obviously had surplus funds after dudding us 10 days before. Being the captain and knowing the guys felt ripped off, I fronted Raj Singh (Dungarpur), as he was India's top board man there. 'So you guys have got prize money -- it just depends on who wins as to whether or not the winners get it'," a furious Waugh wrote.

A bitter 'Tugga' was forced to write a letter of apology to cricketing bosses. "What happened in the past is in the past. It's time to move on now. I am glad that India and Australia have solved their issues. There was a time when there were very few bilateral series between the two sides. And in many ways I played a part in it (the higher frequency of cricket today). I was actually a friend of Mr Dungarpur so that incident doesn't bring back happy memories. He was a great man," Waugh said during a promotional event.


Waugh, a renowned author, was happy to learn that autobiographies of Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar would hit the stores soon. "It'll be interesting to read some of those tales. Especially, Sachin since he must have so much to share about his career."

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.


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