Former Indian cricketer and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly spilt the beans over his snub from Team India under the coaching of Greg Chappell in 2005. He has also shown his displeasure for not leading the team in the 2007 ODI World Cup where India was badly defeated though he was the leading scorer for the team.
Sourav Ganguly is credited to rebuild the Indian team after the match-fixing scandal but he was also involved in the controversy which led his ouster from the team. In 2005, Greg Chappell was given the head coach’s role when India toured Zimbabwe. After the tour, things became unpleasant between the coach and the captain which soon became the talk of the town.
Chappell’s email to BCCI was leaked that read, Ganguly was “physically and mentally” unfit to lead India and that his “divide and rule” behaviour was damaging the team. Subsequently, the prince of Kolkata was dropped from the team as the difference between him and Chappell increased.
Sourav Ganguly, recalling the whole infamous incident, expressed that he didn’t lonely blame the former coach behind his ouster. He believes that the then entire team management was involved in dropping him. However, Ganguly didn’t crumble as he soon made a strong comeback.
“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 sai0d. “He suddenly sends an email against me to the board which gets leaked too. Does something like this happen? A cricket team is like a family. There can 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? ” Bengali daily Sangbad Pratidin.
“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,” he said.
Sourav Ganguly’s shattered dream:
Although Ganguly was again given the place in the team across all the formats. He had lost his place as the captain. The former Indian captain is upset that he was not given the captaincy role in the World Cup 2007 which was his dream.
“I dreamt of winning the 2007 World Cup for India. We had lost in the final the previous time (2003). 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,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly last played for Indian in 2008 against Australia in the Test series at home. He represented India in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, scoring 7212 and 11363 runs respectively.
After retirement, he also played in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors.