Ganguly to try out Buchanan’s captaincy rotation (Lead)

March 25th, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) Reluctantly agreeing to Kolkata Knight Riders cricket director John Buchanan’s proposed rotation of captains, Sourav Ganguly says the team would try it in the second edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa.
Ganguly says the idea of multiple captains is John’s plan and the team would give it a try.

“He is the coach. These are John’s plans. We will go by them and we all have to deliver on the field. That’s how the sport goes,” said Ganguly, arguably India’s most successful captain, after Buchanan unveiled his plans for multiple captains during KKR’s second Indian Premier League (IPL) engagements.

“My job is to get runs and take wickets. I will stick to that,” said Ganguly.

Buchanan dropped a bombshell three days back, saying the leadership issue was still to be decided.

And Wednesday the Australian said he had planned to rotate the captaincy with players like Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle and Brad Hodge in the side.

“There will not necessarily be a fixed captain in the team. We have not nominated a captain so far. It’s still open. We are also looking at someone to lead the team even when he is off the field.”

“We have a lot of high-calibre players in the side. There are several experienced players. We are going to use the experience of all of them for the benefit of the team,” Buchanan told the media at the Eden Gardens here with Ganguly, who led the KKR in the first edition of IPL last year, by his side.

Buchanan hugged Ganguly in a show of bonhomie at the very beginning of the press conference, when asked about the reported rift between the two.

“There are no problems between us. He is a fine person,” Buchanan said.

Blaming the media for the controversy, he said: “We are not sending across any (wrong) messages to the other teams. You (media) are (doing it).”

With his comments on Ganguly’s home turf amounting to clipping of the Kolkata boy’s wings, Buchanan sounded sympathetic. “He is the king of Kolkata. Had I been in Sourav’s shoes, I’d be disappointed”.

At this, Ganguly raised his hands and said: “No I am not upset”. But his uncharacteristically unshaven and dishevelled look indicated otherwise.

Buchanan skipped a query on whether Ganguly will play all the matches. “This is not the issue to be discussed here,” he said.

Buchanan said the very nature of the Twenty20 game requires new thinking.

“This format brings new challenges to the game, so it needs different thinking.

“For example, if the captain gets out early or is not satisfied with the decision, he will feel disturbed. The short game does not give you the time to recover. In such a case, a second captain can do a better job,” he said, adding that he (Buchanan) himself will carry the cross for the KKR in the entire IPL tournament.

“If my plans fail, it (the responsibility) will come to me,” he said.

Buchanan refered to dashing wicket keeper-batsman McCullum to buttress his point.

“McCullum is behind the stumps, he will have a good idea of the field. So he can be a captain as far as the field placing is concerned.”

Buchanan said the number of captains, whether one or more, will be decided after assessing the condition before a match in South Africa.

“If we find that the plan is not working, we’ll switch over to plan-II,” he said.

“In case there is any conflict we have to communicate and come back to one point.”

The former Aussie coach said he would try out his plans in a practice game in South Africa ahead of the tournament starting April 18.

Asked about the major challenges he would face in South Africa, Buchanan said he had no idea about the tournament schedule and the venue.

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