John Buchanan wanted to remove Sourav Ganguly as KKR captain – Akash Chopra

After the Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) appeared in Indian premier League (IPL), they had passed two unsuccessful run in the first two IPL seasons. There was rumours about the controversial captain-coach relationship which formed the backdrop of KKR’s fall.

" John Buchanan wanted to remove Sourav Ganguly as KKR captain" - Akash Chopra

Former India opener Akash Chopra, who was part of KKR in 2008 edition, revealed the controversy between KKR coach John Buchanan and Skipper Sourav Ganguly.

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“In the first year of IPL, there was John Buchanan [as coach], [fellow Australian] Ricky Ponting was also there, Sourav Ganguly was the captain. I have seen this from close quarters – their relationship was alright to begin with, but it worsened” chopra

The KKR coach Buchanan was said to have a controversial “multiple-captaincy theory” and Ganguly didn’t agreed with the plan and hence In March 2009, Ganguly clarified that he wasn’t consulted about the plan.

“Buchanan’s way of working was different, and Sourav had a different temperament. In the end, he also wanted to remove Sourav Ganguly from captaincy, which actually happened the following season [in 2009, when Brendon McCullum was named captain], because in the first season, the team came sixth [on the points table], and then they came eighth when Sourav was not the captain.” Chopra said.

Although, Buchanan was removed as coach in 2009 after the team ended at the bottom of thepoints table. But after that, Ganguly was reinstated as skipper in the next season.

“Some of the things, because I was privy to that, were overstated, like they talked about making three captains, which was not the case. But, that’s what happens. If one thing is wrong, it becomes a domino effect, other things also go wrong, and it’s said that nothing was good during his leadership.

“But then, man-management … one thing that I had against him was that he gathered all his friends and associates there, the whole family had come in. There were a lot of [his] people, I mean, that did not go down very well. On the one hand, you carefully pick and choose players [for the squad], on the other hand, the whole family’s travelling with you as support staff. That was all happening.It left a little sour taste. It stands out like a sore thumb in KKR’s history.” Chopra said.


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