Kolkata Knight Riders were into a huge controversy when they opted for the theory of multiple captaincy in the 2nd edition of the IPL. Even Sunil Gavaskar had a dispute with Shahrukh Khan. Shahrukh Khan even indirectly replied that those who wants to say in his team’s decision making should instead buy a team in IPL, and then apologized for it.
John Buchanan, the then coach of KKR has now openly spoken about the role of a coach and that multiple captaincy incident of 2009. He added that cricket, unlike other sports, still finds the captain holding the main role in decision making, along with other players. He feels that instead it should be the coach who should be the most powerful among the whole lot.
Talking about the IPL incident, Buchanan revealed that he had a conversation with Sourav Ganguly, where he asked him to step down as the captain, and even told him that he doesn’t fit in the lineup. But, Ganguly declined that and the reason Buchanan believes that the reason why Ganguly said so was mainly because of what he had achieved in the past for Indian cricket.
However, he also felt that Ganguly was well past his prime and was someone who did not fit into a T20 side. He also added that the multiple captaincy came into the scene because they wanted a captain who understood a T20 game better, and the best option was Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge. Buchanan, though didn’t include Ponting in it and added that these seniors were involved in the backstage decision making.
Though he felt that the franchise needed to eliminate almost all of them and pick a leader, around whom the team could be built. No surprise that in the next auction, KKR had a completely different side, with the team built around Gautam Gambhir, for whom KKR paid more than 11 crores.
Buchanan, though feels that his policies did bring in a gap between him, players and the management, and admits that he was a loser there.