John Wright coached India between 2000 and 2005 and saw the side excel under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Members of the Indian cricket team were happy under his coaching as he made it familiar atmosphere. India went on to clinch a home Test series against Australia 2-1 during his reign and were a much improved side. The Wright-Ganguly partnership soon became a talk of the town.
However, his successor Greg Chappell, who was named the coach of the Indian national team in 2005 had a tumultuous time with the side. Players were not happy with his management, he had a spat with captain Sourav Ganguly, and many still voice their opinions against him.
Mohammad Kaif: People respected John Wright, Greg Chappel spoilt his name
Mohammad Kaif was a part of the Indian team when John Wright and Greg Chappel were the coach. He said Chappell was not a good man-manager and lacked decision-making ability while people respected John Wright because he co-ordinated well with the side.
“Chappell could have been a good batting coach. But he spoilt his name, as he could not run the team properly, he couldn’t understand the Indian culture and lacked good man-management skills and hence didn’t prove to be a good coach,” Kaif told Times of India.
“People respected John Wright because he coordinated well with the players and let Ganguly the captain to lead the team from the front.”