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Ganguly or Chappell, who had the last laugh?

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Updated: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 10:33 [IST]
 
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Ganguly had the last laugh?

Bangalore, Jul 7: There seems to be no end to Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly's controversy, as both are at loggerheads and fuel it by adding controversial remarks. Finally who has had the last laugh? Seems like it is none other than the former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

Due to clash of ideas, biggest personalities of cricket have had a war of words. It isn't just the verbal-spat but it has gone beyond that, as both are averse to accept each other's opinions.

Though it is a misconception that Greg got his job because of Ganguly, the former Indian captain was consulted and finally the committee decided on taking Greg on board, while this was the first misconception, clash of ideas between the two led to an acrimonious relationship between the Australian and the most successful Indian captain.

"We are taught to respect seniors. And suddenly if a foreigner comes and says exactly the opposite, it creates confusion and team spirit is affected. That's what happened during Greg's tenure," Biswal told media when the spat between Greg and Ganguly worsened.

Biswal had also said that the Australian's favouritism did not go well with the team and that was the reason for the rift. It is not Ganguly who needs to be blamed but the former Indian coach himself.

"When you play in a team, everybody has to share responsibility and everybody has a role in success and failure. During Greg's time, his favouritism didn't go down well with the team. It created a rift. It is not Ganguly who should be blamed for their stand-off, but Greg himself," the current Orissa Cricket Association president said.

Foreign coaches except John Wright and Gary Kirsten have not experienced a successful stint as the coach of the Indian Cricket Team. The reason being their attitude, way of thinking, straight forwardness, communication to name a few.

According to Biswal, the selection committee during Chappell's era, found it difficult to handle him, as he never allowed the committee to take decisions.

"When you play in a team, everybody has to share responsibility and everybody has a role in success and failure. During Greg's time, his favouritism didn't go down well with the team. It created a rift. It is not Ganguly who should be blamed for their stand-off, but Greg himself," the current Orissa Cricket Association president said.

"The coach and captain are ex-officio members of the selection meeting, but Greg wanted to call the shots in terms of selecting a captain or player, which wasn't approved by any of the committees," he felt.

This clearly narrates another perspective to the Chappell-Ganguly controversy as it was not Ganguly alone who was finding it difficult to handle the Australian but the selection committee too.

Coming back to the Chappell-Ganguly controversy, though Ganguly was ousted from the team and was sacked as captain, the former Indian skipper known for his comebacks, yet again returned to the team in Dec 2006 for the South African series while odds were against Greg Chappell who had to quit after the disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign, when he had 13 months of his three year contract remaining.

Though the controversy never seems to end, with Greg commenting on Rahul Dravid's captaincy to ignite another controversy, things are going beyond control, as Chappell's comments have been interpreted in a different manner, as Indian selectors are also against such negative comments.

With the current scenario, it looks like Sourav Ganguly had the last laugh.

ThatsCricket

Story first published:  Saturday, July 7, 2012, 10:01 [IST]
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