Kolkata Knight Riders, the two times Indian Premier League champions did not have a smooth start in the inaugural seasons of the tournament. The former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was chosen to lead the franchise from his city, remained with the team for only three seasons, before moving to Pune Warriors in 2011. KKR ended the first three seasons with poor standings, Eventually after the arrival of Gautam Gambhir in 2011, the squad rose up the ladder of success. However, the question remains on the poor performance of the team during Ganguly’s stint, and the Prince of Calcutta opens up on that.
After KKR finished 6th in the first season, Ganguly was removed from captaincy. However, under the multiple captaincy policy of coach John Buchanan and Brendan McCullum leading the squad, KKR ended up at the bottom of the table in 2009. In 2010, Dada returned as the captain, and took the the squad to another 6th position finish, the same year when he was removed from the franchise.
While Dada was having issue with the previous sacked coach Buchanan’s team management policies, he recently took the name of KKR’s co owner Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood icon who didn’t give him freedom as a captain like the way he gave to Ganguly’s successor Gambhir.
Speaking to sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharjee on his YouTube channel, Ganguly referred to an interview between Gambhir and SRK, where the novice captain of the team was given a free hand at the team, unlike him.
“I was seeing an interview where Gautam Gambhir said Shah Rukh Khan had told him in the fourth year ‘This is your team, I will not interfere.’ That’s what I told him in the first year. Leave it to me. It didn’t happen,” the former Indian captain said in the interview.
“The best IPL teams have been those that have left the team to the players. Look at CSK, MS Dhoni runs it. In Mumbai also, no one goes up to Rohit Sharma and tells him to select certain players,” the 48 year old added.
The BCCI president also touched up on the multiple captain policy of Buchanan that backfired immensely in the second season.
“The problems started towards the end of the first season. The problem was not me, the problem was the system of having one captain. We had Brendon Mccullum, we had x, we had a bowling captain, and I don’t know the captain for what else,” he added.