“I don’t think so, Sourav is very much a part of the team and we communicate the amount we need to. I don’t know why there should be a feeling that there is a communication breakdown. I’ve to take certain decisions as the captain and that’s the way. That’s part of the job.” Dravid has said in an interview to ABP Kolkata.
Dravid was asked to comment on his relationship with Ganguly, after the latter was removed as captain last October after fallout with coach Greg Chappell and Indian media reports also highlighted his problems with his successor Dravid.
“Look, there are some decisions which I’ve to take; I’ve to take them in the interest of the team. What I think is the best for the team; I don’t see anything wrong in that. Sourav in his time (as captain) had taken hard professional decisions based on what was best for the team. ” he said.
Since Dravid took over as captain, the Indian selectors played Ganguly in two home Tests against Sri Lanka but then dropped him for the third and also ignored him completely for the home one-day series against Sri Lanka and South Africa. He was also picked in the touring squad for Pakistan only after widespread protects follow his omission from the Test side.
Ganguly was picked in the first Test team at Lahore but didn’t get a chance to bat and was then dropped for the second Test at Faisalabad to allow five specialist bowlers to be picked. However, he has been recalled for the ongoing third Test at Karachi.
Dravid reminded that Ganguly had to take some tough decisions to certain situations and he took them for what he felt was right for the team. “I’m being given the job and, I’ve to do the same. Anytime you’ve to leave someone out, whoever it’s, you don’t feel nice about it. But being the captain, I’ve to take these decisions,” he said.
Dravid said there was no personal breakdown between him and Ganguly who is India’s most successful captain with 21 tests wins, adding they still got along pretty well and have a chat.
Asked if he got upset if his admires or people misunderstood his decisions and felt he was being unfair to someone, Dravid said he simply tried to ignore such things, “I don’t worry about it, as long as my conscience clear. As long as I know what I doing is for the best interest the side. As long as I’m doing with a clear conscience I can afford to ignore it, ” he added. He also made it clear he has not misunderstood Kolkata, like hometown of Ganguly, which is acted the most when he was stripped of the captaincy and then dropped from the team.
“I’ve not misunderstood Kolkata and I still enjoy playing there. People forget that I was played some of my best cricket there. I was involved in that tremendous partnership with Laxman against Australia and then next year I got twin hundreds against Pakistan. I got my Ranji Trophy hundred there; I love playing there and I’m not the first captain who got booed in Kolkata and probably not the last.”
The Indian public is emotions and they get emotional about the team. People can view my relation as they like but I still love forward to playing in Kolkata, Dravid Explained.
Dravid also said he had good relationship with Chappell and had learnt a lot from him. “The thing I like about Chappell is that he has been there, do everything you could possibly do. ”