Sourav Ganguly is a loved son of Kolkata and his departure from the franchise representing the city in IPL did not go well among a lot of fans. Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya is one of them and believes that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan did not do the right thing by removing Sourav Ganguly.
The veteran singer poured out his emotions on the dismissal of Ganguly from KKR and said that it was first Greg Chappell, then Kiran More and followed by Shah Rukh Khan, who demoralised former India captain Ganguly.
“I don’t waste my time watching IPL. Rather I would play gully cricket. That is more entertaining for me,” singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya said.
“Shahrukh Khan created KKR and then removed Sourav Ganguly. It seemed like he came only to do that. Sourav Ganguly showed us what is the role of a captain in cricket, but then the likes of Greg Chappell and Kiran More demoralised him. Next, Shahrukh Khan said that remove him and elect another guy. So, to demoralise him so much was wrong,” he said.
Sourav Ganguly was picked up as the icon player for KKR in the inaugural season and was named as the captain of the side. Unfortunately, he could not produce the desired result for KKR as they finished at the sixth spot in first season and bottom of the table in the second. Their performance did not better in the third year counting as they finished on the sixth spot again in 2010.
Ganguly played as an icon player for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) between 2008 to 2010. He later represented the Pune Warriors India between 2011 to 2012. The former KKR and India captain had said that he would have liked playing the shortest format of the game a bit longer.
Ganguly played 59 matches in the IPL. Though he was not consistent, he brought in a lot of experience to the IPL franchises. The southpaw scored 1349 runs in the tournament at an average of 25 with seven half-centuries to his name.