In a serious twist to the Ganguly – Chappell fiasco, which marked a black spot to Indian cricket nearly 10 years ago, is back with a shocking development. As per the views of Amitabh Choudhary, India’s manager on that ill fated tour of Zimbabwe, Rahul Dravid was in absolutely no mood to allow Greg Chappel from dropping then skipper Sourav Ganguly from the side.
Choudhary, also went on to describe Ganguly’s first reactions when he came to know about the latest developments from Chappell. “It happened at a training session two days before the first Test (in Bulawayo). The skipper left training midway and returned to the empty dressing room. He came back and threw himself on to a chair, visibly disgusted. I asked him what happened. Pointing at Chappell, who was on the ground overseeing the net session, Ganguly said, “That guy’s crazy. Then he told what Chappell had just said,” Choudhary said in his speech at Xavier Institute of Social Service
Choudhary just didn’t stop there and went on to say. “I instantly understood what had just happened was explosive,” the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president said. “So after pacifying Ganguly, I had a chat with his deputy Rahul Dravid. Then we walked up to the coach to tell him that dropping the skipper was beyond his jurisdiction.”
Post the Zimbabwe tour; it was Rahul Dravid who took over as the skipper of the Indian side. With Dravid at the helm of affairs, India went on to win a test series in West Indies, and also won its first test in South Africa. But then, in the Dravid- Chappell regime as the captain and coach, the Indians crashed out from the very first round of the 2007 World Cup. That marked the end of Chappell’s tumultuous era as the coach of the Indian team.