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‘Not Chappell alone, everyone was involved’, Sourav Ganguly makes shocking revelations on how he was dropped

Vishnu Vasisht

Former captain of Team India and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has talked about the most difficult phase of his career. Ganguly is counted among the most successful captains of Team India, but 2005 was a disappointing year for him. He was stripped of the captaincy and after that he was also dropped from the team.

Ganguly said that not only former coach Greg Chappell was involved in removing him from the team but the entire management.

In an interview to Bengali newspaper Sangbad daily, Ganguly talked about the most difficult phase of his career. He said, "That was the biggest shock of my career. I was treated unfairly. I was the captain of Team India and returned after winning from Zimbabwe and I was removed from the captaincy as soon as I returned home. I had dreamt of winning the 2007 World Cup for India".

Ganguly further said, "Before we reached the final (2003 World Cup), I had reasons to dream this. In five years, the team did well under my captaincy, whether in India or outside. I have no doubt that it started with Greg Chappell's email sent to the BCCI, in which a lot of things were written against me".

"A cricket team is like a family. People may have differences, there may be misunderstandings, but all this can be resolved through communication. You are the coach, if you think that I should play in some special way, then you tell me. When I returned to the team as a player, they told me, so why was it not done earlier? he questioned.

He said, "Everyone was involved in getting me out of the team, but I did not get scattered under pressure, my confidence did not end. Ganguly returned to the team for the South African tour in 2006 after being dropped from the team in 2005.

He played his last Test match against Australia in Nagpur in 2008 and announced his retirement. Ganguly scored 11363 runs in 311 ODIs and 7212 runs in 113 Tests. This includes 22 ODIs and 15 Test centuries. Ganguly is without doubt a great captain, as he took over Team India after the 2000 fixing scandal and led the team to glory".

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