New Delhi: Virender Sehwag made a big revelation saying that he was the first one to know about Greg Chappell’s e-mail against Sourav Ganguly during the 2005 Zimbabwe tour.
In 2005, during the Zimbabwe tour, India’s then-coach Chappell had written to BCCI criticising Ganguly as being “mentally and physically unfit” to lead the team. He alleged that Ganguly was desperately trying to retain his captaincy and that he had “lost the trust and respect of his teammates.”
As the mail was leaked, it came to light that Chappell had accused that Ganguly of a negative attitude and faking injuries.
“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.”Sehwag revealed that he had seen Chappell write the e-mail while taking rest and he had informed Ganguly about the same.
“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 said during the launch of Bengali version of Boria Majumdar’s book ‘Eleven Gods and A Billion Indians’.
Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography “Playing It My Way” included an uncharitable passage about Chappell and Harbhajan Singh once said that he “destroyed Indian cricket to such an extent that it required at least three years to again get back on track”.
“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.
“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,” Sehwag revealed what Ganguly had told him.
“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.”
“After that, rest is history. In my first game I scored 84 as an opener at Lord’s. Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid told me that ‘you’re the stupidest’ and I asked why. They said nobody has scored a hundred in their first game at Lord’s and you missed it. I said I at least scored 84 and I was happy with that,” Sehwag added.