'Everyone was involved in my sacking': Sourav Ganguly
Kolkata : Former Indian captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly spoke about the phase when his cricketing career came to an end in 2005. He shared his feelings which he had at that time and also what he feels now about that incident.
“That was the biggest setback of my career. It was an absolute injustice. I know you can’t get justice all the time but even then that treatment could have been avoided. I was the captain of the team which had just won in Zimbabwe and I get sacked after returning home?
“I dreamt of winning the 2007 World Cup for India. We had lost in the final the previous time. 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. Then you suddenly drop me? First, you say I’m not in the ODI side, then you drop me from the Test team too,” Ganguly told Bengali newspaper Sangbad Pratidin.
He also mentioned that it may had all started from the time when then coach Greg Chappell had written an email to BCCI against Sourav Ganguly.
“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? 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?
“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,” Ganguly said.
He announced his retirement after a playing a Test match against Australia in Nagpur in 2008. Ganguly scored 11363 runs in 311 ODIs with 22 hundreds to his name. He scored 7212 runs in 113 Test at an average of 42.17 and with 16 centuries.