Chappell throws weight behind Ganguly

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The beleaguered Sourav Ganguly today received a vote of confidence from new cricket coach Greg Chappell who said a player of his calibre should be given more opportunities to hit form.

Giving his views on the captaincy issue at a press conference today, Chappell said "speaking on cricket in general, one has to pick the team first and then the best person to lead the team," adding he felt quite strongly in favour of this method.

Asked if Ganguly should be continued as the captain, the coach said: "If he (Ganguly) is the best man for the job, he should have it; if he is not, someone else should have it."

Asked whether Ganguly continues to be in the team by default being the captain, Chappell said "from time to time, you will have players out of form; player who is successful for a long time, you may have to give more opportunities than perhaps you would give someone else."

"There are not many players who can succeed at that level. It's not just about talent; it's about personality, temperament...It's about learning. They also make mistakes, have a bad day but they learn from mistakes. The best players are those who learn fast," Chappell observed.

"So, you don't throw those players out lightly," the former Australian captain said.

"You give them one game too many, one series too many; one or two too many; not one or two too few. It's important that other players do a job and give cover for players out of form," he said.

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