“John Buchanan Wanted To Remove Sourav Ganguly As Captain Of KKR,” Reveals Aakash Chopra | Cricket News

"John Buchanan Wanted To Remove Sourav Ganguly As Captain Of KKR," Reveals Aakash Chopra | Cricket News

Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has revealed how John Buchanan needed to take away Sourav Ganguly because the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Chopra mentioned that in the course of the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008, each Ganguly and Buchanan had a great relationship, however quickly issues went downhill. “When IPL started in 2008, KKR had the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, and Brendon McCullum. Ganguly was the captain and John Buchanan was the coach. The relationship between Ganguly and Buchanan was alright, to begin with, but later it went downhill,” Aakash Chopra mentioned on his YouTube channel.

“Buchanan had a different way of working and Ganguly had a different temperament. Buchanan wanted to remove Ganguly as the captain and this happened in 2009,” he added.

Ganguly had led the KKR in 2008, however he was sacked the next 12 months and Brendon McCullum was given the reins of the aspect.

KKR completed sixth within the factors desk within the inaugural season whereas the crew got here final in 2009.

“Eventually, John Buchanan had to leave. Some of the things were overstated as they talked about making three captains, which was not the case,” Chopra mentioned.

“One thing that I had against him (Buchanan) was that he gathered all his friends and associates there, the whole family had come in. There were a lot of his people, I mean, that did not go down very well. On the one hand, you carefully pick and choose players for the squad, on the other hand, the whole family’s travelling with you as support staff. That was all happening,” he added.

In the preliminary years, KKR was not in a position to depart a mark within the IPL.

However, fortunes quickly circled as Gautam Gambhir was chosen because the chief of the aspect.

Under Gambhir, KKR gained the IPL two instances (2012 and 2014).


Currently, KKR is led by Dinesh Karthik and Brendon McCullum has been appointed because the coach.

The 13th version of IPL was slated to start from March 29, however the event has been postponed indefinitely as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

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