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Apologies to the sensitive reader, but we haven?t heard the last of the Greg Chappell-Sourav Ganguly spat.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 02:30 IST
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Apologies to the sensitive reader, but we haven’t heard the last of the Greg Chappell-Sourav Ganguly spat. In fact, it no longer remains just a spat, what with management teachers evolving it into a case study for conflict resolution classes. After the leadership and motivation lessons that Lagaan imparted to CEOs-to-be (who’re now busy wondering where to stack their millions, no doubt), news that this captain-coach run-in should make the mark shouldn’t surprise. But, what the heck, we are surprised!

The cosy industry-sports-academia interface is all very well, but to include an episode that has been discussed threadbare in every Indian living room in a B-school syllabus is a bit strange. So does this mean the advent of the Andrew Flintoff-style of aggression in the boardrooms? Or a Rahul Dravid method of dealing with silly questions from a silly media? (Sample: ‘Is there any chance of Ganguly coming back to the team?’ ‘If he, or for that matter anyone else, performs well he has a chance.’)

Reports suggest that B-school classes have been ‘full of life’ during ‘Chappell-Ganguly’ discussions. Er, ut isn’t it the same discussion that was forcibly stopped in schools because they were dangerously coming in the way of ‘real’ studies? But then, these bright management kids will graduate, earn a nice packet and have those Chappell-Ganguly debates all over again next to their office coffee machines one day. And they have to be prepared.