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Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly reiterated that he shares a healthy relationship with former Indian coach John Wright, who served as a head coach between 2000 and 2005 respectively.
Meanwhile, the southpaw and star cricketer Ganguly said they are more than friends. It becomes pertinent here that Wright and Ganguly have shared a commentary box during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
As both shared a great bond owing to the professional career, Wright also helped India to make it to the finale of 2003 where they lost to Australia by 125 runs on March 23 in Johannesburg.
Wright-Ganguly more than friends:
In that particular final, Aussie skipper led his side from the front to amass 140 off just 121 balls. Thus, he has bagged Player of the Match award for his prominent show in the high-octane clash.
“He was more of a friend than a coach to me,” IANS quoted Ganguly as saying.
The duo was set to commentate for the India vs New Zealand game at the Trent Bridge. But, unfortunately, the game ended up without any result due to a wet outfield.
Meanwhile, the official Twitter handle of the ICC Cricket World Cup has posted a video of Wright and Ganguly who reminisced about their heydays. Also, their discussion extended to the coaching tenure and notably revolved around the 2003 World Cup.
While reminiscing about his first meeting with Wright, Dravid has introduced him with the New Zealander by saying he is ‘their coach’ in Kent.
“I met him the first time in Kent, when Rahul (Dravid) came in and said he’s our coach. I said, ‘I’d love to work with him’. We have a great relationship, we’re genuine friends,” Ganguly recollects his memories.
However, back then India didn’t have a good outing against the Kiwis club team. Ganguly has further credited for India’s great campaign at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
“We had gone to New Zealand and had got thrashed by a club team before the World Cup. But we went on to have a great campaign, and he was responsible for it,” Ganguly stated.
Wright loved his opportunity to work for India:
Wright has also served as India’s first foreign coach. Now at the age of 64, he revealed it’s an excellent opportunity to work with a top-notch team like India. He also recalled it was an arduous task for him and Ganguly.
“I always thought it was the greatest privilege to have the opportunity to work in India. I never expected it. It was a hard start, for both of us. You were a new captain and I was the foreign coach. You remember the good times,” Wright recalled.