Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today revealed that he called it quits from Test cricket in 2008 because he had had enough of selection sagas, fresh from the Greg Chappell controversy which led to him being dropped from the Indian team.
“I retired because at some point you’ve had enough. The reason is not because you have had enough of playing the sport but because you’ve had enough of getting selected all the time. Dropped/selected that’s part and parcel of sport,” Ganguly said while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017.
Ganguly, one of India’s most successful Test captains, was sacked from his leadership role in October 2005 and later eased out of both the Test and one-day squads following a row with coach Chappell.
Chappell had described Ganguly as a “disruptive influence” in an email to the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) which was leaked to the media.
After featuring for the men in blue across all formats from 1996-2006, Ganguly was axed in January 2006 and did not play a Test until December that year against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Ganguly had scored a defiant 51 not out in that Test and after that racked up three hundreds and a double hundred (239) against Pakistan in Bengaluru before calling it a day in Nagpur against Australia in November 2008.