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.