Sourav Ganguly was not suited to T20 cricket as player or captain, says former KKR coach John Buchanan

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is regarded by many as the most effective captains of the Indian cricket workforce.

‘Dada’, as he was referred to as by most of his teammates, can also be credited for taking over a younger workforce, and giving it a formidable construction. Many cricketers like Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif, who went on to be a number of the finest Indian gamers afterward, credit score Sourav Ganguly for helping them of their early days in cricket.

Despite having an excellent file with the Indian cricket workforce as a skipper, Sourav Ganguly was not in a position to replicate his success within the Indian Premier League. He performed the primary 5 editions of the event, enjoying for the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2008 to 2010, after which for the Pune Warriors India in 2011 and 2012.

At KKR, when Ganguly was the skipper, the workforce was coached by the Australian World Cup profitable coach John Buchanan.

John Buchanan revealed that he didn’t consider Sourav Ganguly was suited to play the T20 format as a captain or as a player. According to him, whereas enjoying the shortest format, a captain wants to make fast selections, a high quality that the former Indian captain lacked.

“My thinking at the time was, as a captain, you needed to be able to make quick decisions and your game needed to be suited to the shorter format, and that’s why I had those conversations with Sourav. I just couldn’t believe he was suited to the format of the game and certainly not in a formal captaincy role,” John Buchanan advised Sportstar.

‘Split captaincy is what the IPL needs’

KKR had completed at sixth place within the inaugural version of the IPL and as a end result, Buchanan handed the duty of the workforce to Brendon McCullum as a substitute of Ganguly within the 2009 season. However, the workforce ended up ending final in IPL 2009, and Buchanan was subsequently sacked. Also, Ganguly was re-appointed as captain for IPL 2010.

After KKR’s failure in IPL 2009, John Buchanan was additionally mocked for his ‘break up captaincy idea, however the Australian feels that it is vitally a lot related in IPL.

“I think it’s too much for one person to actually understand all the set of plays that you need to put in place, all the various decisions you need to make, reasonably quickly. And really where it was going to was to have everybody as a leader. In other words, you are saying split captaincy, but you want everybody to be a leader on the field,” Buchanan stated.

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