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Abstract

This is part of a case series. This case is about the charismatic and controversial former Captain of the Indian national cricket team, Sourav Ganguly. The case outlines the emergence of Ganguly as a leader, his spectacular rise and subsequent fall from grace. Ganguly became the captain of the team in 2000, when it was in deep crisis. Over the next few years, with the help of the coach John Wright, he soon turned the team into a combative unit. His team building skills, impartiality, and guts displayed in supporting his team members through thick and thin endeared him to the team. Experts credited him with instilling a sense of aggression in the team. Ganguly soon became the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket. The case also discusses the fall of Ganguly in 2005 and his public spat with coach Greg Chappell which led to his exit from the team. With a section of the media running a vilification campaign against him and the team management being clear that it did not want him back in the team, the international career of Ganguly seemed to be over. Since age was not on his side, few felt that Ganguly could make a comeback into the team. But Ganguly refused to announce his retirement and continued to fight to win back his place in the team despite all the odds. The case will help students understand various issues in human resource management and organisational behaviour such as leadership, motivation, team building, etc.

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This item is suitable for postgraduate courses.
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2000-2006

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Abstract

This is part of a case series. This case is about the charismatic and controversial former Captain of the Indian national cricket team, Sourav Ganguly. The case outlines the emergence of Ganguly as a leader, his spectacular rise and subsequent fall from grace. Ganguly became the captain of the team in 2000, when it was in deep crisis. Over the next few years, with the help of the coach John Wright, he soon turned the team into a combative unit. His team building skills, impartiality, and guts displayed in supporting his team members through thick and thin endeared him to the team. Experts credited him with instilling a sense of aggression in the team. Ganguly soon became the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket. The case also discusses the fall of Ganguly in 2005 and his public spat with coach Greg Chappell which led to his exit from the team. With a section of the media running a vilification campaign against him and the team management being clear that it did not want him back in the team, the international career of Ganguly seemed to be over. Since age was not on his side, few felt that Ganguly could make a comeback into the team. But Ganguly refused to announce his retirement and continued to fight to win back his place in the team despite all the odds. The case will help students understand various issues in human resource management and organisational behaviour such as leadership, motivation, team building, etc.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate courses.

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Location:
Industry:
Other setting(s):
2000-2006

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