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Wright was more of a friend than coach: Ganguly

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"He was more of a friend than a to me," said ex-Indian while talking about former

Both and Wright, part of the commentary team at the ongoing World Cup, gave Indian fans a moment of nostalgia on Thursday before the game between and was finally called off due to rain at

In a video posted on the official handle of the World Cup, the duo reminisced about some of the best moments during the New Zealander's stint as India's Their talks ranged from the match to India's performance in the 2003

recollected the first time he found out that Wright had been appointed for the role and his immediate reaction to it.

"I met him first time in Kent, when Rahul (Dravid) came in and said he's our coach. I said, 'I'd love to work with him'. We have a great relationship, we're genuine friends," said Ganguly.

"We had gone to and had got thrashed by a club team before But we went on to have a great campaign, and he was responsible for it," he added.

Wright, 64, while recalling his five-year stint from 2000 to 2005 as India's first foreign coach, said, "I always thought it was the greatest privilege to have the opportunity to work in

"I never expected it. It was a hard start, for both of us. You were a new and I was the You remember the good times," he added.

Under 'Dada' (as Ganguly is fondly called), went on to register some of the most famous wins of Indian It was under his leadership that India won the unforgettable 2002 NatWest series final against England at Lord's. Apart from this, India won tournaments in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and during Ganguly's stint.

Ganguly also led India to the finals of the 2003 where they lost to



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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 09:42 IST