KKR’s CEO has explained the reason behind KKR CEO Venky Mysore to let go KKR’s former Captain Sourav Ganguly ahead of the IPL 2011 auction saying that it was “not that difficult” a decision for him despite the criticism that came their way for sacking the icon player.
KKR released Ganguly after three seasons as the team finished sixth, eighth & sixth in the 2008, 2009 & 2010. Ganguly led the team in 2008 and 2010. “Personally, for me, it didn’t seem like a big decision, only because I was unattached to it,” Mysore said in The RK Show. “If I had been part of the organisation for three years, or even one year or two years, it would have been a tougher decision.”
Mysore joined the KKR franchise just after the 2010 IPL & took to revamp the squad. Gautam Gambhir was bought in 2011 auction & was replaced Ganguly as Captain. Under Gambhir captaincy KKR win two IPL titles i.e. 2012 & 2014.
“This was like someone completely coming in from the outside, which is what I was, literally from the outside. Eventually, I realized, that for the organization and for the owners, in particular, it was tough. It’s a decision and an approach that I proposed as somebody who had been given the mandate,” KKR CEO Mysore recalled.
Mysore said that the franchise had to face the wrath of fans who were displeased at Ganguly being shown the door the team owners and the management supported his decision to the fullest.
“I look back at it, and I basically said that, ‘I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do or not, and we may fall flat on our face. But, it’s a different approach. Are we all on board with this?’
“If I would attribute one of the many things that contributed to whatever success we have had is the fact that the owners – Shah Rukh, Jay, Juhi (franchise co-owners Jay Mehta and Juhi Chawla) – have completely stood behind the decisions I have proposed,” Mysore said.
“I am not a maverick lone-ranger who runs off and wants to do my own thing. But at the same time, in my entire career, I was used to being given the autonomy to operate and to also be accountable at the same time.
“But it could easily have been a micro-managed type of a situation, or second-guessing the decisions I have made, or to basically say that ‘yeah, but we made those announcements, but let’s not do it’. But they stood completely behind me. That is why they took a lot of flak and heat for that. As an organisation, therefore, it was tougher for them. But to be perfectly honest, it was not that difficult for me to make that decision,” the KKR Chief Executive added.