Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has recently made a former revelation, He said that John Buchanan wanted to remove Sourav Ganguly as the captain of KKR.
Aakash Chopra said that during the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008 both Ganguly & Buchanan shared a good relationship but soon things were not well between them. “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 said on his YouTube channel.
Sourav Ganguly had led the KKR team in 2008 but he was removed from the captaincy in 2009 & Brendon McCullum was given the reins of KKR. KKR was at number six position in the points table in the inaugural season while the team came on the last position 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 said. “One thing that I had against 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 traveling with you as support staff. That was all happening,” he added.
In the initial years, KKR was not able to get on the top position in the IPL scoreboard. However, KKR’s destiny soon turned when Gautam Gambhir was chosen as the leader of KKR. Under Gambhir’s captaincy, KKR won the IPL title two times in 2012 & 2014.
Currently, the reins of KKR are led by Dinesh Karthik & Brendon McCullum has been appointed as the team’s coach. The IPL 2020 which was scheduled to begin from March 29 got postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.