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“I was not even present when the incident took place”
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has revealed that he never asked ex-coach John Wright to apologise for grabbing opening batsman Virender Sehwag by the collar during an ODI against England in 2002.
Ganguly added that he was “not even present when the incident took place”.
“I was not even present when the incident took place,” Ganguly said. “I later came to know of the incident from Harbhajan Singh in the team bus. So I was surprised by Mr. Shukla’s comments.”
Ganguly’s comments come after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice president Rajeev Shukla revealed what had happened that fateful day.
“An irate Wright had once grabbed Sehwag by the scruff of his collar after Viru got out and came back to the pavilion,” Shukla said. “Sehwag and Ganguly made it clear that the team will not leave the dressing room unless Wright apologises.
“That’s when Sachin (Tendulkar) stepped in and took me aside, making it clear that no way Wright should be forced to apologise in front of the whole team as it would demean his authority.”
However, Ganguly once again reiterated the fact that he had not been present when the incident occurred.
“There was no question of me insisting on John’s apology as I was not even present then,” the former captain said. “It is a very old incident. I don’t think there was any need for him to narrate it.”