Virender Sehwag Adds a New Twist to Ganguly-Chappell Saga
During his playing days, Virender Sehwag was known for providing explosive starts. The mentor of the Kings XI Punjab unit has made a sensational revelation on the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell feud of late.
Sehwag makes a huge statement
Sehwag said he was aware of a storm hitting Indian cricket ahead of Chappell’s email to BCCI, regarding then skipper Ganguly.
“I used to take rest while fielding. I need a break of minimum five overs. I always told the umpire that I had a bad stomach and used to leave the field. So Greg was writing his email, and I was sitting next to him. I saw he was writing something to the BCCI and I went and told Dada about it. I told him he is writing something to the BCCI and it’s something serious,” Sehwag said during the launch of cricket historian Boria Majumdar’s book “Eleven Gods and A Billion Indians” at the Fannatic Sports Museum.
Chappell replaced John Wright as the coach of the Indian team in May 2005. He had a topsy-turvy ride throughout his tenure.
Ganguly was dropped during the tour of Zimbabwe later that year. Under Chappel’s leadership, Indian faired poorly in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
On being asked to pick his most memorable moment as a cricketer, Sehwag said, “My first test hundred”.
The right-hand batsman scored 105 against South Africa on his debut in Bloemfontein in 2001.
He also credited Ganguly for backing him in Test cricket. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, the likes of Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh flourished.
“When I played ODIs, people said I can’t play tests and can only score in white-ball cricket. So when I scored my first test hundred and hugged Sourav Ganguly as he gave me a chance to play in Tests. I wanted to prove myself,” Sehwag added.
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