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Ganguly is back

Posted by Sports Snob on August 9, 2006

Well, like every other painful, never-ending saga, the story of Saurav Ganguly took a new twist today. Turns out the Prince of Calcutta has been included in the probables list for the Champions Trophy to be held in India later this year. This recall was so unexpected that even that great beacon of Sports Journalism, CNN deemed it a ‘surprise’.

What amazes me is the fact that Ganguly comes off a terrible stint with Northamptonshire in the English county championship where he had an average of 4.80 in six innings (first class). Obviously, Kiran More justified his selection on the basis of his past performances.

Which just begs the question- what exactly is past performances? Yes, Ganguly has been a great “servant” of Indian cricket, but he hasn’t exactly been giving the scorer a lot of work over the last 3 years.

That said- I am not writing him off completely, but he should atleast go back to domestic cricket and prove himself. Its an absolute shame the way this whole situation is being dealt with- what exactly has changed over the past 4 months? Why wasn’t he in the team that went to the Carribean? As ever, there are no answers.

The big distraction

The Ganguly issue is just proving to be a distraction from what should be the perfect warmup for the Indian team to test their best XI for the World Cup.

If Ganguly is going to be in the final 16, so be it, but it should NOT be against the wishes of the Indian captain and coach- if they feel he doesnt deserve to be there, he shouldn’t. His inclusion otherwise is just going to create a lot of tension in the dressing room.

Of course, all this could just be a lame ass way of keeping everybody happy for the time being and then dropping him from the final 16. Only time will tell.

What are your views?

For the interested the probables list reads as follows-

Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar, Dinesh Mongia, Rudra Pratap Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Karthik, Piyush Chawla, VVS Laxman, Saurav Ganguly, Venugopal Rao, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Subramaniam Badrinath, TP Singh, Parthiv Patel, Shib Shankar Paul, Vikram Rajvir Singh.



5 Responses to “Ganguly is back”

  1. Some things never change. Every time you think there is hope and a decent job is being done, something like this happens!
    And I don’t quite remember Ganguly’s one-day run prior to being dropped but I guess this happens when your godfather loses elections. Also,you are the captain who is definitely struggling in one form of the game and don’t merit a place in the test team: India isn’t Australia and Ganguly, a decent captain, but no Taylor…


  2. Panchos said

    Ganguly Ganguly Ganguly.. The saga continues.. I firmly beleive the best 11 should take the field everytime.. Sports is all about competing at ones highest possible level and trying to be his/her best at any given moment.. With that in mind, I would even sack sachin if he is in bad form.. I really dont see the reasoning behind selecting Ganguly in the top 30.. If his past performances were the reason for his selection, may he justify himself by proving his mettle in the top 30.. During Ganguly’s glory days, I was in awe of his phenomenal strokeplay and unfettered attitude on the field.. I would love to see him back to his best but right now he is far from it..

  3. Kesavan said

    He’s there just to make up the 30, seems like this was an ICC requirement to name 30 by some date. And if Ganguly wasn’t even in the 30, it obviously would cause problems, hence the safe way out was to name him in the 30, but the real surprise would be if he were in the final 15. I don’t expect him to be in it.

  4. @Panchos:

    I would love to see him back to his best too. At one point of time he was the most dependable of the trio- ganguly, sachin and Dravid. But its time for him to go. I would have really liked for him to go out on a high but sadly it was not to be. (or maybe these words will come back to haunt me!)

    @ Kesavan: seems the same to me. But I hope Kumble makes it to the final 15.


  5. santanu said

    Where are you guys now? Each run he scores are SLAP to u guys

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