Sourav Ganguly’s period of being dropped from the team under the coaching period of Greg Chappell is the most talked controversy in Indian cricket. At that time, the former Indian captain had to go under a lot after the Chappell’s email went viral where he questioned Ganguly’s attitude.
However, the prince of Kolkata found ways to remain positive and never lose his confidence during the testing time.
Sourav Ganguly was sacked from Team India’s captaincy and lost his place in ODI and Test team after returning from the Zimbabwe tour in 2005. The head coach Chappell was blamed to building all the conspiracy against the captain.
But Ganguly decided to move on and not to sit on the controversies surrounding him. He focused on his game and build self-confidence.
Not lost confidence even for a second: Sourav Ganguly
Agreeing that he was upset after the axing, Ganguly said it only made him more confident. He told himself that he had scored runs against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar. So, he is capable of repeating the same once he got the opportunity.
“I didn’t lose confidence. I knew I’ll score runs if they play me. My coach didn’t go out in the middle to play Wasim, McGrath and Shoaib, I did that and managed to score runs against them. If I had done that successfully for 10 years then I can do that again provided if get the opportunity,” said Ganguly to Bengali daily Sangbad Pratidin in the interview.
“Yes, I was very upset when was I dropped from the side but never lost confidence, not even for a second,” added Ganguly.
Ganguly not only blames Greg Chappell:
Sourav Ganguly had also said that Greg Chappell was not only to be blamed behind his snub. He believes that there was an entire system who chalked out his ouster from the team.
“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?” he said.
Well, Ganguly made a strong comeback and retired from the game in 2008 after last playing against Australia at home.