It was just a warm-up match at Potchefstroom, South Africa, on Thursday, but one man in the middle played as if it was the real Test. Sourav Ganguly, who was unceremoniously booted out of international cricket over 10 months ago and whose epitaphs had been written and emailed, stood amid the ruins of the Indian batting, scoring a precious 83. “Dadagiri” was back and with a bang, boundaries and square drives.
After Irfan Pathan’s century, Ganguly’s was the biggest score yet by an Indian on the tour. The rest of the scoreboard said it all: Virender Sehwag gone for a duck; Sachin Tendulkar for 10; V.V.S. Laxman for 23.