"Don't want to blame Chappell alone": Sourav Ganguly on captaincy sacking
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 10, 2020, 03:41 pm
Former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly in a recent interview spoke in detail about being sacked as the skipper and getting dropped from the national side in 2005. Calling the developments back then as the "biggest setback" of his career, Ganguly stated that it was an "injustice" that had happened to him.
The current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President said, "That was the biggest setback of my career. It was an absolute injustice. I know you can’t get justice all the time but even then, that treatment could have been avoided.” He questions, "I was the captain of the team which had just won in Zimbabwe and I got sacked after returning home?"
Ganguly also said, "I dreamt of winning the 2007 World Cup for India. We had lost in the final the previous time. I had reasons to dream too. The team had played so well under me for the last five years whether it was home or away. Then, you suddenly drop me? First, you say I’m not in the ODI side, then you drop me from the Test team too,".
The swashbuckling former Indian opening batsman said that it all began when then India head coach Greg Chappell sent an email to the BCCI, which had 'leaked' and was primarily against him. He also added that he doesn't hold Greg Chappell alone responsible for the turn of events in 2005. He said, "I don’t want to blame Greg Chappell alone. There is no doubt about the fact that he was the one who started it. He suddenly sends an email against me to the board which gets leaked too. Does something like this happen?"
Ganguly says, "A cricket team is like a family. There can be differences of opinion, misunderstandings in the family, but that should be sorted out with dialogue. You are the coach, if you believed that I should play in a certain manner, then come and tell me. When I returned as a player, he had specified the same things. Then, why not earlier?".
Having led the Indian cricket team in the 2003 World Cup, Ganguly who celebrated his 48th birthday on Wednesday, pointed out that his sacking from the captaincy could not have been done by a single person. He said, "The others are not innocent either. A foreign coach who doesn’t have any say in the selection cannot drop an Indian captain. I had understood that this is not possible without the support of the entire system. Everyone was involved in the scheme to drop me. But, I didn’t crumble under pressure. I didn’t lose confidence in me,".
Ganguly made a spectacular comeback into the national side in 2006 for the tour of South Africa after being dropped in 2005. His return to the international cricket arena saw him play several memorable knocks over the next two years. He announced his retirement in 2008 and played his final Test match in Nagpur against Australia. Sourav Ganguly played 311 ODIs and scored 11363 runs with 22 hundreds in the 50-over format. He also played in 113 Test matches scoring 7212 runs at an average of 42.17 and with 16 centuries under his belt. Hailed as one of the greatest skippers to lead an Indian side, Ganguly took over captaincy in 2000 at a time when the nation was rocked by the match-fixing scandal. He stepped in and built a completely new team from scratch that saw many new youngsters being given the push to shine among whom included names like Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.