Fans get nostalgic as Sourav Ganguly and John Wright reunite in commentary box
Sourav Ganguly and John Wright – the captain-coach pair of the early 2000s that had taken India taken to enviable heights.
Updated - Nov 28, 2019 9:01 pm
A lot is being talked about the captain-coach partnership of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, particularly after it achieved some great success in recent times. The partnership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gary Kirsten has also been a famed one in India owing to their World Cup-winning feat in 2011. However, among these successful pairs, the Indian fans haven’t forgotten about Sourav Ganguly and John Wright – the captain-coach pair of the early 2000s that had taken India taken to enviable heights.
On Tuesday, as the Indian team was displaying its skills in Cardiff against Bangladesh in the second warm-up game, the fans saw the old partners Ganguly and Wright together in the commentary box and at once, the reunion kindled nostalgia. It was in 2003 that the Indian-New Zealander pair had taken the team to the final of the World Cup after two decades.
Ganguly and Wright took over when Indian cricket was facing a crisis
Wright had taken over when India were looking for ways to overcome the match-fixing scandal of the early 2000s. Ganguly had also taken over from Sachin Tendulkar who had a disappointing stint as the captain of India. Together, the two resurrected a fallen side into one that had competed with the best – be it at home or abroad.
Some of the top achievements of the Ganguly-Wright pair were, besides making the final of the 2003 World Cup, winning Test and ODI series in Pakistan, drawing Australia and England in Test series in their den; sharing 2002 Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka. India had also won the Natwest Series in England around this time.
The two also turned nostalgic at their reunion and talked about India’s campaign at the World Cup in South Africa 16 years ago.
“When I was captain, John Wright was making all the decisions and I followed like an obedient student,” Ganguly, 46, said.
“My memory must have failed then because I think you were in charge and I used to just potter around in the background,” Wright, 64, replied.
Ganguly later had a serious clash with Wright’s successor Greg Chappell and eventually lost his captaincy.
Twitterati liked the two individuals coming together and here are some of the reactions:
— Vishal Agnihotri (@Dilliwasi) May 28, 2019
This Ganguly – John Wright duo in commentary box makes me feel nostalgic. Hopefully they’ll have lots more stories to share about 2003 world cup campaign. #INDvBAN
— Akshay Sharma (@akshaypasu) May 28, 2019
— Mari Kannan Yadav (@marikannan33) May 28, 2019
John Wright and Sourav Ganguly on commentary! Sigh time has moved on! #CWC19
— Hitchy (@hitchwriter) May 28, 2019