There was no love lost between Sourav Ganguly and the then Indian cricket coach, Greg Chappell, but the former Indian captain has taken their argument a step further by calling the Australian "mad". Responding to reports that Chappell would devalue Sachin Tendulkar and other Indian greats for the Australian bowlers during the upcoming Test series, Ganguly has said "this was good news" for the Indian team.
"He has been a selector and also the head of their academy (Australian Centre of Excellence in Brisbane) and he has been thrown out from there as well. When he came to India, it was said that his Australian mindset won’t work here but he couldn’t work in the Australian set up as well," Ganguly said.
The former Indian skipper has said that Chappell has established to be a failure in every coaching-related assignment he has taken up, which is enough proof that the fault lies with him. "The people should realize that the problem lies with him, he is the one making mistakes. A person can be wrong once but if he commits the same blunder again and loses his job for that, then that man to me, is mad," said Ganguly.
"So, I am glad that he is getting fond of to the Australian team, it is good news for the Indian team. I am not astounded," he has added further. Recalling Chappell’s rein, Ganguly has told that such was the Australian’s ascendancy that the then skipper Rahul Dravid just didn’t have the courage to speak up against him.
"Rahul Dravid is the sort of person who wanted everything to be good. He knew that what was happening was wrong but he did not have the guts to revolt and say that it was wrong because after what happened to me during the Zimbabwe tour, any captain would have wanted to maintain peace in the dressing room which is quite right," he has made the statement to ‘Aaj Tak’.
Ganguly, who was instrumental in getting the Aussie batting great the coach’s job (2005-07), came under severe criticism from Chappell in his autobiography in which he was called a "panicker". The Australian has said that he had refused to be Ganguly’s "henchman".
Ganguly said Chappell never really had the welfare of Indian cricket on his mind and was too focused on implementing his plans. "You can say that Greg Chappell’s foresight and thinking was not cricket-oriented. He came here with a personal vendetta and it didn’t work with Indian cricket. His mind used to work in a different way. His rule in life was my way or the highway," he has said.
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