Hussain says he faced dilemma similar to Ganguly

Published: Monday, October 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former England skipper Nasser Hussain today said that he had faced problems similar to Sourav Ganguly's, who was asked to step down from captaincy due to his poor form with the bat by national coach Greg Chappell in Zimbabwe, leading to a major controversy in Indian cricket.

"Sourav was an excellent captain when I played against him (as England captain in 2002-03 in India). I too have had differences with (current England coach) Duncan Fletcher due to lack of runs. But we used to present an united front to the media," Hussain told reporters at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) here.

Hussain, on a private visit to India and in Mumbai after holidaying in Goa, echoed other cricketers' feelings that dressing room discussions should remain private and within the confines of the dressing room.

"Things discussed in the dressing room should remain there only. I feel that a captain's value to the team is huge. All the players look up to the captain (for guidance). Captains like Mike Brearley (England), Steve Waugh (Australia) and Ganguly are allrounders (their contributions not confined only to making runs)," he said.

Ganguly had revealed to mediapersons after scoring a century in the first Test against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo that he had been asked to step down from captaincy before its commencement.

But Hussain added that Ganguly also needed to score runs with the bat so that he can talk to his players on an equal basis. "Then only he can question any player not scoring runs on his face," Hussain added.

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