wht r ur views regarding Ganguly’s second coming

Ganguly’s second coming - Ganguly’s second coming
India
December 23, 2006 8:07pm CST
A YEAR IS a long time in anyone’s career, and more so for cricketers. And, when that one year happens to be a year of layoff, it may even appear like a decade. In other words, a one-year break would wreck the confidence of any professional. This is precisely why one cannot but admire the way Sourav Ganguly has made his comeback into Team India. Nearly a year ago, Sourav was discarded from the Indian cricket team. This despite the fact that he had a decent record as an ODI batsman — around 40-run average as a Test batsman, and the best record for an Indian cricket captain. When Sourav was dropped from the team, there were not many in India who shed tears for the fallen hero. That was because Sourav was seen to have stayed on as captain in the last one year of his tenure by virtue of his proximity to Jagmohan Dalmiya, the then BCCI strongman. Even though Sourav’s batting had hit the nadir by then, he managed to continue as a member of Team India by virtue of his being the captain. Sourav was the blue-eyed boy of the cricket establishment then. There was also an impression that Sourav used his clout and the carte blanche that he received from the selectors — thanks to Dalmiya — to sideline senior cricketers like Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman. In other words, Sourav was seen as a beneficiary of nepotism, which has become the hallmark of many sports bodies in India. (Remember, Chappell accused Sourav of using the modus operandi of “divide and rule”.) Worse still, in the first-class match (West Zone Vs East Zone Duleep Trophy match) that Sourav chose to play immediately after his sacking, he was packed off for a blob in both the innings by Zaheer Khan. This only reinforced the widely held opinion that Sourav was weak against genuine pace bowling. In other words, Sourav was truly down and out. And, when his mentor, Dalmiya, was thrown out of the BCCI immediately thereafter, it seemed that the Sourav saga was over — once and for all. There were, of course, a few outside Kolkata who really felt sorry for Sourav. Numerically, he had more Test wins than any other captain of Team India. He was competitive, and he wore his aggression on his blue sleeves. During his tenure, he got a freehand in selection and used it to good effect. He sure had a hand in picking and supporting a few youngsters who later became the mainstay of Team India. But, unfortunately for Sourav, he allowed all this to go to his head. Perhaps, he thought that the individual was bigger than the team. Soon what was seen as his aggressiveness came to be viewed as arrogance by the public. Also, it was public knowledge that Sourav’s in-your-face aggression was sometimes directed at some senior Indian players whom he was not comfortable with. And, the last thing that the public would forgive in a person, whom they consider a hero, is arrogance. This was why Sourav did not get any support from the majority of the cricket fans in his spat with Greg Chappell. Almost all the opinion polls conducted then by the print and electronic media suggested that the public were not sympathetic to Sourav, his track record as an opener in ODIs and captain of Team India notwithstanding. Contrast this with the support that Sachin Tendulkar, another cricketing hero, manages to get from the public, even when he is on a prolonged lean patch. People are generous to a fault and very considerate when it comes to Tendulkar because he is seen as a humble and modest person for all his great achievements. Well, time teaches the hard way. A chastised Sourav, who once took his position in Team India for granted, was soon reduced to saying that he was prepared to play in any position and perform any role if he was selected. Fortunately for Sourav, by the time the ongoing South African series started, team coach Greg Chappell’s so-called experiments had left the Indian batting line-up in total disarray. Consequently, India lost the ODI series 4-0 to South Africa. The ruckus in Parliament that followed and the BCCI chief Sharad Pawar’s power equation with the Congress and the Left parties soon paved the way for Sourav’s redemption. How Sourav joined the other team members in South Africa and how he and his bete noire Chappell exchanged pleasantries have become part of cricketing folklore now, and need not be repeated here. To Sourav’s credit, he has conducted himself well so far. His presence does give the much-needed depth and solidity to the batting line-up that for the most part is strong on paper. His valiant knocks of 51 not out in the first innings when wickets were tumbling all around, and his decent 25 in the second innings on a difficult wicket show that he still has got a lot of cricket left in him. In all likelihood, he is here to stay at least till the World Cup next year. I admire the man’s tenacity and grit. Any other player in his place would have given up long ago. But Sourav’s faith and determination have stood him in good stead. However, Sourav’s real test has just begun. How Sourav conducts himself on and off the field will be watched with curiosity by the public as well as the media. Each of his on-field antics and off-field comments will be analyzed threadbare. I was one among the millions who cheered when Sourav was dumped. However, time and the way Sourav has conducted himself in the last one year have changed my perception of the man. Even if he fails to live up to our renewed expectations, I am sure he will be seen as someone who has contributed a lot to cricket in India. Salutes to Sourav, who has staged one of the greatest comebacks of Indian cricket! One hopes that Sourav grabs this opportunity with both hands and gives unstinted support to Rahul Dravid, who played a very crucial role in Sourav’s success as captai
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@soneparm (634)
• India
25 Dec 06
sourav is all time best so whatever talk about his batting , bowling ..know in his second innings he is a one allrounder who give answer to those people who say that the innnings of sovrau will end but he reply that know he is back and give answer to all who say that he is a wrong man but know he say what is your opinion
• India
25 Dec 06
ya i agree with ur opinion
@kaniam (582)
• India
27 Dec 06
you are worng
• India
30 Dec 06
Ganguly is best Player in indian cricket history. But, the fate is we still talk about tendulker. Ganguly lost the form is the only problem. but, once he comes in form he will rock again. ganguly has made runs faster than tendulkar. he is better than sehwag who is just making below 10 runs.
• India
30 Dec 06
its a very good news that ganguly is back in team........... He is one of the best player ever played in the team...... He never lost his faith when he was dropped of the team.... he worked hard to get a place back in the team and he did it.... and he showed what was the loss that indian team facing withot him
• India
29 Dec 06
We cant judge him because in last two tests his performance is good and in yesterday's match he returned with out any runs.so,what ever it may be he returned again tell us see the match.
@gkvasan (201)
• India
29 Dec 06
i was expecting the ganguly's entry..i am expecting a great match winning century from the dada...
@nihit122 (314)
• India
28 Dec 06
ya i think it is good that sourav has made a come back. india really needed him.n look india won that match
@achyuta (2851)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Great players like Sourav always perform under pressure and when no one seems to back them. I am not surprised at all. I knew it all along.
@cyfernet (2384)
• United States
27 Dec 06
i can't believe he has come back! i thought he would never be allowed to play cricket.....