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Wright bats for Ganguly

Former coach John Wright has backed Sourav Ganguly, rubbishing most of the criticisms heaped on the deposed skipper.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 16:47 IST

India's former coach John Wright has backed Sourav Ganguly, rubbishing most of the criticisms heaped on the deposed skipper including those attributed to him by Raj Singh Dungarpur.

Wright said it was not fair to suggest Ganguly feigned injuries or that he was a lazy fielder while also giving credit to the Bengal player for leading India to the maximum number of Test wins.

The former New Zealand skipper, whose stint as the Indian cricket team's coach ended last year, also praised Ganguly for fighting "very hard for some of the youngsters in the selection meetings".

Asked to comment on the controversial remarks he reportedly made to Dungarpur, currently India's Team Manager for the tour of Pakistan, Wright said the former BCCI chief was prone to making colourful statements.

"He is a colourful man and is sometimes prone to making colourful statements. I saw the news briefly on the internet. I looked at it and said goodness gracious what is happening; because in India cricket almost follows you, in fact it haunts you," he told 'Aaj Tak'.

Asked if he thought Ganguly was a lazy fielder, he said, "That is Raj's opinion. I am not involved in that thought process. There were times when I could single out Ganguly and there were times when the same could have been said of Srinath and Kumble."

Crediting Ganguly with backing youngsters, he said,"I think he wanted to leave behind a legacy where there was no difference between the senior and junior players."

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 13:19 IST