It won’t be as momentous as Johannesburg of course, but Sourav Ganguly might feel somewhat special when India face the West Indies in the first of the four ODIs in Nagpur on January 21.
That will be his first appearance in the form of the game he once ruled till September 6, 2005, when he played his last ODI, against New Zealand in Harare. Not treating it as a “comeback” because his reincarnation actually started in the recent Test series in South Africa, Ganguly said he was expecting it.
“I knew the opportunity will come one day and that I will have to make use of it,” he said, adding that “being recalled to the Test side was more pleasing”.
Ganguly seemed to share the general view that the West Indies were better in the shorter version of the game. “I have said before that Brian Lara is the best captain (in ODIs) and the team is winning under him.”
On the series, Ganguly said: “Most of their batsmen are in form. So this will be a close series. We must have enough runs on the board.” Ganguly wasn’t ready to take questions on whether he would like to bat in the position where most of his 10123 runs in 279 ODIs have come from. “I am ready to open, with anybody, and ready to play wherever the team thinks I am best used.”
Questions were asked whether his return to the ODI side rekindled his hopes of playing what would certainly be his last World Cup, but Ganguly ducked the queries.