Saturday, January 21, 2006

Saurav’s return, Rahul’s Turn.

Several years ago, when Rahul Dravid was not a regular member of the one day cricket team, the then Captain, Saurav Ganguly had told him that if he wanted to keep his place in the side, he would have to keep wickets. Dravid did and gradually became an established one day player as well. After Saurav Ganguly’s return, in the current Indo-pak series, since Rahul Dravid himself opened in the first test, it seems that Saurav was taken as a third bowler rather than as a specialist batsman because if that had been the case, Saurav would himself have opened. However, Saurav is hardly a test class bowler and could not unfortunately could not play the additional role as well as Dravid did for wicketkeeping. He was therefore dropped from the second test as the player he has direct competition with as a batsman, Yuvraj singh is a far better fielder than he is. One feels sorry for Saurav Ganguly. Being such a good and successful test captain for so many years and then being suddenly dropped from the playing eleven. Today, a famous former captain has said that he could have been spared this humiliation and told to retire gracefully. That would have been obviously better for all concerned. If he still comes back consistently after all this, it would be the mother of all comebacks and he would probably deserve a gold medal for mental fitness.


Blogger Deepti said...

end all... one can't help but feel sorry for ganguly.. his constant being kicked and then picked is quite humiliating.. fact is he's not really in good form.... so either he ought to completely retire from the game or take a long break to revitalize his game and then get in and take the accolades!!

1/23/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Vikram H said...

i would suggest that instead of attempting the mother of all comebacks and getting 'mothered', he might as well retire before things get worse!...He seems to be trying every hook or crook method to get back into the team, which is never gonna succeed in the long run!

1/25/2006 04:34:00 AM  
Blogger aria said...

Aww .. you really are a diehard Saurav fan - it seems! Why get insulted - if you don't perform n get dropped? Even Jayasurya got dropped. Didn't they drop Steve Waugh n finally he retired on his own - though he had no problems with his form - like Ganguly. I think he should stick around n take it as a challenge to uplift his game - if he believes in himself. If he can't make it bck - we still gonna remember him - for wht he has done in the past. With so much talent in this huge country - everyone deserves a fair chance. You can't stay in the team - life long just on the basis of your previous conquests.

1/26/2006 02:10:00 AM  
Blogger Shriedhar said...

but he shd get one last chance to exit gracefully,that's the gift for all his efforts .

1/31/2006 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger Smitha said...

have to agree tht the way they have handled ganguly can be termed nthg but 'shoddy' was quite an insult to pick him for the team n then not even give him a fair chance to play..

2/02/2006 03:29:00 AM  
Blogger smiley said...

Feel sorry for Ganguly. What is it tht makes him so desperate? is it the money or fame?

2/02/2006 08:11:00 AM  
Blogger Hiren said...

Ganguly has again been shunted out from the Indian team and today it has come in the papers that it is because of chappel. I always thought Saurav was more of a one-day player than a test player. He made over 10000 runs in one day cricket and was the third guy in the history of test cricket to do so. Why was he taken back in tests then when his forte is one-day.

2/04/2006 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you feeling sorry for Saurav. The guy has enough honour, enough money to spend rest of his life making merry. There's no doubt about his credibility. He was a great player but that was 2-3 years back and one must move with time. You can't keep him in the team for appeasement. Team's interest must come first. I must add that I am a huge fan of Saurav, but then no one is above the team.

2/05/2006 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger vRad said...

I think that Ganguly messed this up big time. Instead of thinking of it as an opportunity (which I honestly believe it was), he went and cried like a little baby. No offense, but he was indeed playing badly. And talent was obviously not the problem. I dont think you can possibly show me a more naturally talented batsman anywhere else in the current world of cricket. However, he had become comfortable with what he was doing, and so was not ready to change his ways. He needed to take some time off, work on his game from the basics, and then make a grand reentry into the team.

Unfortunately, that was not how he played his cards. He insisted on remaining in his team, and took what were undoubtedly very poor actions as far as his standing with the team were concerned. His usage of the media and friends in high places was obnoxious. Look at Sachin. He was out for so long, has come back, and while he is not his great self anymore, he has changed his role in the team and contributing to it the best he can. By being a stabilizing factor, and passing on his experience to the younger members. The injury was probably the best thing that happened to him.

That being said, If Ganguly deflates his ego for just a little while, works on his game for a few months, I still think he can come back to the team and contribute in a positive fashion. And I think the whole retirement thing is a ridiculous idea, unless the only reason Gagnuly is playing cricket is for personal fame, and sponsorship money.

2/12/2006 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger Mowgli said...

the dude was beggiing for a place in team ... will he retire if 'told'? he is asking to be kicked out.

he will get what he deserves.

2/19/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would you drop to accommodate Sarav in the team? Kaif, Yuvraj, or Dravid? I think it's the time we must not forget that no one is bigger than the game.

3/03/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though I am not a fan of Sourav Ganguly, I must admit that he can contribute a lot more to this team than Sehwag, who has been living on his past glory for too long. Different yardsticks for different people... what a shame!

3/22/2006 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor sehwag , kaif and gambhir , they keep their place in team by massaging the feet of chappel. More is certainly mopping floors also at chappel's house.
Strategy ahead for chappel is to ensure that ganguly should not be allowed to play a one day , ganguly surely will perform and that will leave chappel embarrased. Apparnetly no one is above the game !! So personal enemity of chappel is above the game or what ??

4/04/2006 04:54:00 AM  

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