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Infamous Ganguly-Chappell spat: Rahul Dravid was against the idea of dropping captain Sourav Ganguly
The ten-year old unfortunate spat between former Indian cricket team's captain, Sourav Ganguly and former coach Greg Chappell has resurfaced with some new revelations. A BCCI official has said that during that infamous spat Rahul Dravid took Ganguly's side and chose to keep him in the team despite his poor form.

After a decade of that controversy, probably for the first time ever the exact truth has been revealed. It is worthwhile to highlight that the spat between former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and Indian coach Greg Chappell in 2005 had been the most controversial event in the history of Indian cricket.

Fans may recall that during India's tour to Zimbabwe, Ganguly and Chappell had clashed and the ramifications for Indian cricket would prove to be huge. Ganguly, who was struggling for runs, was dropped after the end of the tour and Rahul Dravid was appointed as skipper.

Now the details of the clash between Chappell and Ganguly have come out in the open, courtesy Joint Secretary of the BCCI, Amitabh Choudhary, who was the team manager on that tour. Choudhary, who is also Jharkhand Cricket Association's president, in a speech at Xavier Institute of Social Service has revealed that the first signs of trouble came during the training session before the first Test in Bulawayo.

"The skipper left training midway and returned to the empty dressing room. He came back and threw himself on to a chair, visibly disgusted. I asked him what happened. Pointing at Chappell, who was on the ground overseeing the net session, Ganguly said, 'That guy's crazy.' Then he told what Chappell had just said," he stated as per a TOI report.

Choudhary also clarified that the situation had turned volatile and he sought to pacify Ganguly. "I had a chat with his deputy Rahul Dravid. Then we walked up to the coach to tell him that dropping the skipper was beyond his jurisdiction," he added.

It is pertinent to add that India had won the Test series 2-0, but the Ganguly-Chappell spat had an impact on Indian cricket for a couple of years. As a result of that notorious spat, relations between Chappell and the Indian cricket fan deteriorated and after India's first-round exit from the 2007 World Cup, Chappell was sacked as the coach.

Rahul Dravid is known to speak the truth bluntly and once more it has been established that he is a true believer of nothing but truth.

 


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