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The Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell saga is infamous and the chairman of the Indian cricket board said he was let go while the Australian was India’s head coach. Ganguly, a former India captain and current chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said he was left out of the squad for reasons beyond his “batting and bowling abilities” and that it wasn’t something he could control. However, he said it was not a mistake to appoint Chappell as the head coach as it is unclear when such a decision is made as to how it will go.
“Again, it’s an afterthought. When you appoint someone, you appoint someone. Then if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. That’s how life is. So I don’t don’t consider it a mistake,” Ganguly said in an interview with The Telegraph about Greg Chappell.
Ganguly had to return to domestic cricket before making his return to the national team.
“I don’t think playing domestic cricket was difficult, but the whole situation was difficult because it was something beyond my batting and bowling abilities. So I couldn’t control that,” Ganguly said. .
However, he said he considered his time away from the team as “a break”.
“I played for India for 13 years without a break before that. I hadn’t missed anything, not a streak or a tour. I hadn’t taken a rest like a lot of players do now. So I consider these 4-6 months as a break in my career after these 13 years in an overall career of 17 years at international level,” said the former Indian skipper.
Recalled of his high ranking among ODI batters when he was dropped from the 50+ format, Ganguly reiterated that it proved he was dropped from the squad for reasons beyond his abilities.
“Can you imagine #4 in the standings and the most races in the world in those 10 years! was just beyond batting and bowling,” he said.
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