Former opener Aakash Chopra has revealed how the connection between Sourav Ganguly and coach John Buchanan turned strenuous at Kolkata Knight Riders, to an extent that the earlier Australia coach needed to delete the ex-India skipper because the captain of the side. Chopra, who was with KKR in 2008, mentioned Buchanan and Ganguly began off a good note before the connection turned frosty over time because the team completed sixth in the first season.
“In the first yr of IPL, there was John Buchanan [as coach], [fellow Australian] Ricky Ponting was also there. Sourav Ganguly was the captain. I’ve seen this from shut quarters – their relationship was alright to start with, nevertheless it worsened [with time],” Chopra mentioned on his YouTube channel.
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Buchanan, who was Australia’s coach throughout their successful 2003 World Cup campaign, had urged a “a number of captain” concept for KKR in 2009, however the proposal didn’t go down effectively with Ganguly, who in March of 2009 mentioned he was not taken in the loop. Years later, in 2018, Buchanan shared his insights on the subject, saying “Ganguly had points”.
“Buchanan’s approach of working was distinct, and Sourav had a unique temperament,” Chopra mentioned. “In the end, he also needed to delete Sourav Ganguly from captaincy, which truly take placed the following season [in 2009, when Brendon McCullum was named captain], as in the first season, the team came sixth [on the points table], after which they came eighth when Sourav was not the captain.”
By the beginning of the 2009 season, the spat between Ganguly and Buchanan had reached new heights. Even although Brendon McCullum changed as the person accountable for the team, the earlier batsman did play 13 matches however registered a poor tally of 189 runs. After KKR endured their worst season in 2009 – ending last on the points-table – Buchanan was sacked and Ganguly was re-appointed as captain for the following yr.
“Eventually, John Buchanan needed to go away. Some of the issues, as I used to be aware of that, have been overstated, like they talked about making three captains, which was not the case. But, that’s what occurs. If one factor is improper, it turns into a domino impact, different issues also go improper, and it’s mentioned that nothing was good throughout his management,” Chopra mentioned.
“But then, man-management… one factor that I had against him was that he gathered all his pals and associates there, the entire family had are available. There have been numerous [his] individuals, I imply, that didn’t go down very effectively. On the one hand, you rigorously choose and select players [for the squad], then again, the entire family’s travelling with you as support employees. That was all taking place.
“It left a bit of bitter flavor. It stands out like a sore thumb in KKR’s historical past.”