The Nawab Of Najafgarh, Virender Sehwag, was recently at the launch event of the Bengali version of Boria Majumdar’s book titled ‘Eleven Gods and A Billion Indians’. While speaking at the launch, Sehwag revealed one of the most controversial secrets of the cricketing world. The destructive batsman spilt the beans about one of the best batsmen, Sourav Ganguly and the email that the controversial coach Greg Chappell wrote to BCCI against Ganguly.
The email that Greg wrote against Ganguly to BCCI got leaked later on had questions that Greg raised against the capabilities of Sourav Ganguly. He wrote that Ganguly was mentally and physically unfit. He also blamed Sourav for faking injuries and having a negative attitude. The coach also complained about Ganguly that he has lost the trust of his teammates as he desperately wants to remain the captain of the team.
While talking about the email, Sehwag said that he was the first person to know that Greg was writing an email against Ganguly while they were on the Zimbabwe tour in 2005.
“I used to take rest while fielding. I need a break of minimum five overs. I always told the umpire that I had a bad stomach and used to leave the field. So Greg was writing his email and I was sitting next to him. I saw he was writing something to the BCCI and I went and told Dada about it. I told him he is writing something to the BCCI and it’s something serious.”
Sehwag also revealed how he was made to open in the Test match:
“They said that ‘you have batted as an opener in ODIs and you have enough experience there’. So my next question was Tendulkar has opened for a decade and you (Ganguly) started as an opener in 1998. So why can’t you guys open and I can bat in the middle order.”
He further added:
“They said if you want to play Test cricket, this is the only place. Don’t ask questions, if you want to do it (open) then do it, otherwise sit on the bench. So then I said, Dada please just promise me if I fail as an opener in 3-4 games, you will give me a game in the middle order and he said ‘done’. Then I told John Wright to see that he fulfils his promise.”
Greg’s tenure as team India’s coach remained controversial throughout. The coach has been slammed in by the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar in his autobiography, “Playing It My Way”. While India’s famous spinner Harbhajan Singh once said that Greg destroyed Indian cricket to an extent that it took them three years to get back on track.