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Ganguly stumped by Buchanan

The prince of Kolkata is no more the undisputed king of the Kolkata Knight Riders. The team on Wednesday unveiled its unique plan of having multiple captains, which might be interpreted as the end of the road for Ganguly the leader who said his job now was to "score runs and take wickets," reports HT Correspondent.

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2009 00:43 IST
HT Correspondent

The prince of Kolkata is no more the undisputed king of the Kolkata Knight Riders. The team on Wednesday unveiled its unique plan of having multiple captains, which might be interpreted as the end of the road for Ganguly the leader who said his job now was to "score runs and take wickets".

When the action begins in South Africa - coincidentally a place where Ganguly returned to the India team with a bang in 2006 - the Knight Riders may well have captains in different departments and also different captains in different games. "We are encouraging the idea of multiple captains and trying to implement it this season. Players have different ideas and they can all contribute to the team's thinking process through this system," said John Buchanan, the director of coaching.

Addressing the media with Ganguly fidgeting next to him, the Australian said the team might also have different captains at different times of a game. "We've to discuss further and see how it works." Of the possible options, Buchanan mentioned West Indian Chris Gayle, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, Australian Brad Hodge and — surprise of surprise - Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

Buchanan didn't write off Ganguly either. "Sourav has a good cricket brain. We have tried to make him understand what our ideas are and he has agreed to cooperate."

Between wiping his face and pursing lips, Ganguly didn't say much. Buchanan felt if "I were Sourav I would be upset because he is the king of Kolkata" but this afternoon, the man who won three MoM awards in the last IPL was the epitome of tact.

"There is no bad blood between us. John is thinking of implementing a few things and we should accept them if they are beneficial to the team. The team comes first. My job will be to score runs and take wickets."

Buchanan said this distribution of captaincy duties is applicable to all aspects of the game. "When a captain is batting it's difficult for him to decide who the next man should be. It's easier for someone in the dressing room to take a call on such issues. Wicketkeeper McCullum will have a clearer view of how the fielders are positioned. So he can be the captain of placement of fielders and contribute in the whole system."

In a nutshell, this means added responsibility for everyone. Indications are this will be done by reducing the responsibilities of a man who had his hands full last year.