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Chappel’s saga was uninspiring
Greg Chappell’s saga is one of the darkest episodes in Indian cricket. Chappell was Team India’s head coach between 2005 and 2007, and his tenure was marred with controversies. While the former Australian captain had fallouts with many Indian players, his dispute with the then-national captain Ganguly bagged the most limelight. The beef between the two even resulted in Sourav losing his captaincy and getting dropped from the side.
Ganguly approached Chappel for the Coach’s job
The 72-year-old even recalled that his equation with Ganguly was fine once and the southpaw only approached him for the coach’s job.
“Ganguly was the one who approached me about coaching India. I had other approaches but I decided that since John Buchanan was coaching Australia I would love to coach the most populous, fanatical cricket country in the world, and that opportunity came about because Sourav, who was the captain, made sure that I did,” Chappell added.
Ganguly got Dropped from the Team
Praising Rahul Dravid, Chappell wished everyone in the squad have had a mindset but he was particularly disappointed with Ganguly.
“Dravid was really invested in India becoming the best team in the world. Sadly not everyone in the team had the same feeling. They would rather concentrate on being in the team. There was some resistance from some of the senior players because some of them were coming to the end of their careers. When Sourav got dropped from the team, we had a lot of attention from the players, because they realized if he can go, anyone can go.”
“We had a great 12 months, but then the resistance got too much, Ganguly came back into the team. The message from the players was loud and clear ‘We don’t want change.’ Even though the board offered me a new contract, I decided that I did not need that kind of stress,” Chappell said.