Chappell's remarks do not bother anyone: Ganguly

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Updated: Friday, July 6, 2012, 11:20 [IST]
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Ganguly takes a dig at Chappell again!

Mumbai, Jul 6: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly fuels another controversy as he reacted to former India Coach Greg Chappell's comments on Rahul Dravid's success not being enjoyed by the team universally on Thursday.

Sourav Ganguly known for his spat with Greg Chappell, said the Australian can write whatever he likes and it doesn't bother anyone.

"Again, Greg Chappell! I haven't read the book yet. But Greg Chappell can write whatever he likes. It doesn't bother anyone," Ganguly told Indian Express.

Greg Chappell on Thursday wrote in the book 'Rahul Dravid-Timeless Steel' (buy the book here) that was launched in Mumbai, that Dravid's success was not enjoyed by everyone in the team.

"Sadly the success of the team was not universally enjoyed within the team. Some individuals felt threatened by the new world order and appeared to work against Rahul," Chappell wrote.

Chappell had also written about Dravid's captaincy saying that though Dravid had led the Indian cricket team to a couple of wins, the success was not enjoyed by some members of the side.

"Had he been given the same wholehearted support in the role that he had given others, I think the recent history of Indian cricket may have been very different and he could have gone on to become the most successful Indian captain ever," he added.

"To learn how to get better at chasing a target, Rahul kept asking the opposition to bat first, no matter the conditions. Under his leadership, India won nine ODIs in a row against Pakistan and England, and went on to complete a world record of 17 consecutive wins batting second."

While a similar approach helped the team win Test matches abroad, Chappell stressed on Dravid's "A similar approach to Test cricket brought about India's first overseas victory in the West Indies for 35 years and a first-ever Test victory in South Africa, which could have been turned into a series win if the team had batted better in the second innings in the final Test in Cape Town."

With Ganguly taking a dig at the Australian's comments, it makes one feel that he has ignited another controversy while he has enough on his plate.

On the other hand, though the Australian is known for making controversial statements, this one though was not targetted at an individual makes one feel so after the King of Controversies Ganguly's reaction towards the same.


Story first published:  Friday, July 6, 2012, 11:06 [IST]
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