Wright reveals his ~~inner trust~~ with Ganguly

Published: Monday, July 31, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Christchurch:John Wright's relation with Sourav Ganguly remains shrouded in a veil of mystery but the former Team India coach asserted he always enjoyed an ''inner trust'' with the ex-skipper.

''He's a special man,'' Wright told New Zealand Herald.

''He wore his heart on his sleeve and there was an arrogance that used to get up people's noses. But I think that was good for us, it was good to have that feistiness as the country learned it was becoming such a powerhouse in world cricket,'' he said.

Wright's account of his four and a half years stint as Team India coach, ''Indian Summer'', created quite a furore with the Kiwi alleging that the selectors put zonal interest ahead of the nation and he, personally, favoured a change in captain's job towards the end of his stay.

Wright admits it was not bonhomie with Ganguly all the time but the former Kiwi captain asserts they enjoyed this inner trust.

''I tested him and he tested me but there was an inner trust between us. He would often do things which were the opposite to what we had talked about, which always kept me on my toes, but there was a bond that grew, despite how different we were. And we were always a really happy side,'' Wright said.

Wright also admitted missing the hoopla and hype that is an intrinsic part with Team India.

''I miss that thrill of getting on that team bus and going to a big game, with the crowds clapping you all the way to the ground,'' a nostalgic Wright said.

The New Zealander said his job was not easy with a section wishing to get rid of him but in the end, he had proved that a foreigner can do the job.

''In many ways, that's what made the job so exciting. I actually didn't have a contract for about 40 per cent of the time but it didn't really matter because they were honourable people. I got paid every three months so that was the length of time I'd allow myself to look ahead.

''It was satisfying that I lasted so long, I certainly didn't expect to walk away on my own terms, but I proved I could survive and proved that a foreigner could do the job,'' he said, with a sense of satisfaction.

Contrary to popular perception of he being lenient, Wright said he had introduced a strict training regime.

''It took me about a year to convince them that running between the wickets and fielding were quite important in one-dayers. We had a pretty strict regime when it came to training and I was probably almost too tough on them,'' he recalled.

It was difficult to coach a side that was teeming with names like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Ganguly and Wright said he never tried to coach Tendulkar.

''I didn't coach Sachin Tendulkar, I gave him gentle advice when he asked for it,'' he said.

Now that it's almost one year since he relinquished the Team India job, Wright didn't rule out coaching New Zealand.

''People always ask me about coaching New Zealand. Who knows? I wouldn't rule it out. I would like to help New Zealand Cricket in some way and be involved in competitive sport, whatever code that might be. It depends what crops up,'' he said.

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