“John Buchanan wanted to strip off Sourav Ganguly’s KKR captaincy”, Says Aakash Chopra


Former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s fracas with two of the Australian coaches consumed a lot of attention during his playing career. While Greg Chappell and Ganguly’s relationship soured at the international level, the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper’s terms with John Buchanan took an ugly turn as well.

Buchanan, the ex-KKR coach wanted to strip off Ganguly from captaincy. Aakash Chopra, on Youtube, shed light on the matter. Chopra was part of the Kolkata-based franchise and he claims to have witnessed the fall between these two notable names.

“When he came the first year, there was John Buchanan, Ricky Ponting was also there. Sourav Ganguly was the captain and I have seen this from close quarters. The relationship was alright to begin with, it was good at the start.” Chopra opined.

However, different ideologies and temperaments didn’t help matters for too long. Ganguly, who wore the heart on his sleeves, preferred to call the shots while the coach didn’t shy away from expressing his displeasure.

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“But after that, it did not remain good. Because his way of working was different and Sourav had a different temperament.”

Ganguly finally had to do away with the leadership role. However, Buchanan was removed after yet another dull season as well. The Knights faired terribly in the first three seasons of the league until Gautam Gambhir took charge of a revamped unit. Chopra mentioned that Ganguly was demoted down the order and hardly got the scope to make runs.

“In the end, he also wanted to remove Sourav Ganguly from captaincy, which happened the following season. Because in the first season he came at No.6 and in the second season he came at No. 8, when Sourav was not the captain.”

Chopra said Buchanan’s man-management skills weren’t up to the mark and it led to the downfall of the team. He also questioned the Australian for traveling with his family and friends as the number of travelers was restricted.

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