12 Feb 07
Sourav Ganguly marked his return to the scheme of Indian Test cricket with a fine 83 against Rest of South Africa at Potchefstroom. Though the top order came a cropper against quick, seaming pace attack and Irfan Pathan hit his maiden first-class century, Ganguly was the focus across the dailies. In the Hindustan Times, Kadambari Murali admits the pleasure of watching Ganguly show " a disbelieving world just what cussed self-belief can do". The glamourous shots were there, she notes , and the man exuded a calm, composed nature while batting - despite being clanged on the head by the impressive Morne Morkel. The Hindu's S Dinakar analyses Ganguly's innings and notes an unmistakable solidity about his ways at the crease: The left-hander played close to his body, revealed sound judgment in the corridor. He firmly got behind the line of the ball, was poised in, both, defence and offence. He has changed his stance. Earlier he was leaning too heavily on his front leg. Now, he is more upright, more balanced. His body weight better distributed, his footwork against the pacemen has improved. In Ganguly's backyard, The Telegraph praised the manner in which he "overcame the adverse situation bravely after yet another top-order failure against the pace attack had left India tottering at the brink".