after Delhi test and sudden ouster of Ganguly from Indian test team :
dismissal in the first innings triggered the collapse which only
accentuates his contribution on the first day. A few of his cover
drives, trust me, were the best I saw in the entire match --- Arjun
Sourav Ganguly who was not seen in the
one-dayers at all against Sri Lanka and South Africa. His exclusion and
the manner of it is unbecoming on the part of Indian cricket
wonder if he has received any phone call from selectors, captain or
coach; or even seniors like Tendulkars and Sehwags.
It is one thing to believe that he does not have anything to offer,
it is quite another to act as if he was just an illusion all these
Wish as anyone might, nobody can take away his record or the esteem
in which he is held world-wide. India must learn to respect its heroes
lest they look like pirates who can only destroy a legacy. I have no
doubt India has moved forward. But progress is a constant journey where
many variables keep coming up at odd hours and turns.
India still needs to be assured if these youngsters have the stamina
and the equanimity to keep building on their impressive starts.
Success is a double-edged weapon, it could take the hunger out of the
system, imprison you in the image which media and masses configure and
shift focus as commerce seeks an alignment.
Seniors could play a stabilising influence and Ganguly could play a
bigger role than just being held up for being a slow mover and runner
between the wickets.
It annoys me when every cricketer is being strait-jacketed. I wonder
if Ganguly is slower than an Inzamam between the wickets or if Sehwag is
swifter in the field. Great cricketers have a way of making up for up
their deficiency. If Ganguly is slow, he also has a temperament which
not everyone possesses.
It would be much required when Indians travel abroad. Youngsters
could be like fish out of pond and that is where you would need men like
Ganguly to be in scheme of things. He could also play your fourth or
fifth seamer, he would be useful in the West Indies. Man-management is
also about maximising the potential of a cricketer.
opined that Dravid's silence borders on complicity .
I would not like to be in Rahul Dravid's
shoes if I am the captain. In the entire Sourav Ganguly episode, his
silence borders on complicity. He has every reason to seek the team he
wants, but he also owes it to his men to be seen standing right next to
them. At best he would miss out on the trust and loyalty of his mates
which allows a captain to ask for the impossible; at worst he would be
very unpopular in the dressing room.
Truth to tell, Sourav was very impressive at
the Kotla. His two knocks (40 and 39) were well crafted and critical to
the eventual scores. His dismissal in the first innings triggered the
collapse which only accentuates his contribution on the first day. A few
of his cover drives, trust me, were the best I saw in the entire match.
He was seen giving his 100 per cent, he
wanted his place back badly. Such hunger is to be welcomed, not scorned.
It has not reflected well of the system, not of selectors or team
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Support for Dada comes after his
unceremonious ouster from rather unlikely quarters — Pakistan, for
instance from ex pakistan captain Wasim Akram .
Wasim Akram,thinks that Sourav
Ganguly's predicament has more to do with Greg Chappell and Rahul Dravid .
The former captain of Pakistan and cricket legend Wasim Akram has only one
word to explain his reaction: "Shocking."
The word shocking is so much
repeated in entire event of Sourav's removal from Indian test
squad that we need some other words to replace it !
. "I feel that the selectors have been very critical. They could
atleast have waited for Sourav to play another match. " Akram told
"But, I don't think the blame lies with Kiran More. Such decisions
also depend on the coach and the captain's choice."
I believe they are the people who decide
the team. So, Greg Chappell and Rahul Dravid figure prominently in this
scheme of things."
Yes ! Chappell and Rahul you can
dodge journalists and common cricketers but not an Ace player and captain
of the game like legendary Akram.
Akram speaks his heart :"Sourav is a very positive and humble person.
He has been an A-class performer throughout — be it as a batsman or a
However, Ganguly is sure to bounce back, says Akram. "I strongly feel
that Sourav will make a comeback. As an ex-captain of the Indian cricket
team, Sourav still remains an icon in the cricket circuit globally.
Wasim Akram also draws personal parallels with Dada's case. "I have
faced such situations twice in my career and so, can relate to Sourav's
state of mind. Yes, it affected my career and life.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram has voiced support for
Sourav Ganguly saying that one bad series was not enough for a player to
"It is unfortunate that when a player is down, he is pushed
further down," Akram told reporters
All cricketers go through such a stage. Ganguly is only 33 years old and
has some more years left --- Akram's verdict .