Former captain hopes for a comeback November 19, 2006

Ganguly questions Chappell's method

Cricinfo staff



'If you want to win, you've got to be thick skinned,' said Ganguly © AFP

Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, has said that Greg Chappell's coaching philosophy may not work in India.

"They are saying process is more important than the results," said Ganguly at the Hindustan Times Summit in New Delhi. "I don't know how long it will work in India."

Ganguly, who was removed from captaincy after the Zimbabwe tour in 2005 when Chappell sent an email to the Indian board criticising his methods, also said that he was ready to forget what had ensued between him and Chappell. "It happens... when two friends fight. I was angry, especially when it came from someone whom you knew for some time. You say things when you are angry, but they may or not be from the heart."

Having scored a century in the recently concluded Duleep Trophy, Ganguly felt that he had a good chance of returning to the side depending on how he fitted into the scheme of things and how the team performed. Ganguly also said that captaining India was the hardest job in the world and that Rahul Dravid, the current captain, should be given some time.

"If you want to win, you've got to be thick skinned. I was not, but I developed it later," Ganguly said of his own captaincy. India won 21 of the 49 Tests under his captaincy, while Dravid has led the side to five victories in 17 Tests.