- Former Team India captain on the Greg Chappell-Kiran More
era when he got dumped
|Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly
Bangalore is largely seen as Rahul Dravid
territory, but there probably were more Dada-specific banners at
the Chinnaswamy on Saturday-Sunday than at the Eden during Test
That, perhaps, said quite a bit.
The biggest statement was, of course, made by
the man himself — Sourav. He's in his 36th year, a time when
most cricketers have either quit or are looking to do so.
Sourav, however, is hungry.
"Call it a
driving force or whatever, but I want to continue being
successful... The hunger hasn't died... Form permitting, I
intend playing through 2008 ," the former
captain (our most successful in Tests) told The
Telegraph a tad emotionally.
It took Sourav 99 Tests (an unusual record, by
the way) to get his maiden double hundred, but the innings was
worth the wait. It's going to be counted as a classic, not least
because he took guard at such a trying time.
Not that Sourav's anywhere close to leaving the
big stage, but it would've been a disappointment had his Test
career, which began with a debut-hundred at Lord's, ended
without a double.
After the 102 at the Eden, Sourav had hoped he'd
get a double before signing off. If that was a prayer, it got
answered within eight days!
Sourav, in fact, has had a fantastic 12 months
since his comeback. So, did the forced exile from Team India, in
the Greg Chappell-Kiran More era, make him a better cricketer?
but probably more determined... I wish to add that the
circumstances and the manner in which I got dropped (after a
spat with Chappell) just weren't right... I don't have an issue
with being left out, that's part of the game, but the manner
wasn't right ," he maintained.
Sourav was kept out of ODIs from October 2005 to
December 2006 and, in Tests, didn't play between February and
November 2006. He'd also been dropped for two matches (Ahmedabad,
Faisalabad) between December-January 2005-06.
Today, that seems too distant. As for Sourav,
he's not bitter, but hasn't forgotten those days either