Chappell Even Asked VVS Laxman to Open the Innings: Sourav Ganguly
“I really don’t want to go back to that period, you have seen it in the results. (It was) one of worst phases of Indian cricket and worst phase a cricketer can go through, especially someone like me. There were lies after lies and six months later he wanted Rahul removed and Sachin as captain. This goes on to show how the man went about his job,” said Ganguly.
“I was not surprised to see India not qualifying for the next round (in 2007 World Cup). When I came back to the team, I had spoken to Dravid about that much later and told him that these were the things going on. He said he knew it all but ‘couldn’t control Greg’,” Ganguly added.
When asked about Sachin’s claims, Dada was initially surprised and said, “I haven’t heard about that before. This must be closed door discussion between Chappell and Sachin. But I presume it is true and I think it is absolutely ridiculous. He said Chappell was someone who could not be trusted. I lost my captaincy in 2005 November-December and World Cup was in early 2007. Rahul became the captain. And another eight months time, he needed another captain in Sachin. It goes to show his thoughts, goes to show what damage he has done to Indian cricket, goes to show the character of the man. He is someone who cannot be trusted whether its Ganguly, Dravid or Tendulkar”.
Speaking on the dressing room atmosphere, Ganguly said that there was a the time VVS Laxman was asked to open the innings by Chappell, Ganguly said, “When the Laxman episode happened I was not in the team. But I had experienced similar things and it happened during my time also.”
“I am happy to see the way Tendulkar has written the book. Today he has done a lot of help to Indian cricket and hopefully it is an eye-opener to all. Happy that Sachin has written about true facts of that period,” he said.
Ganguly also wants to tell his side of the story as well. “Lot of things were written (about me) and I lost my captaincy. Later I came back to the team and played for India But it was not very good.
“I am happy that someone of Sachin’s credibility has spoken about it. I wish some day I could tell my side of the story. Right from the Zimbabwe tour to the next one or one-and-a-half years. I have restrained myself from doing that but I am happy that Sachin has done it,” he concluded.
Interview Courtesy: NDTV
Image Courtesy: Cricbuzz
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