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Goodbye, comeback kid

india Updated: Oct 08, 2008 22:00 IST
Hindustan Times
Goodbye

It would be tempting to get sentimental and announce Sourav Ganguly’s announcement that he will retire from international Test cricket as an end of an era. But, coming as it does with a large dose of deja vu, it’s as ‘Er, didn’t we hear about this before?’ news as the withdrawal of the Tata Nano project from Singur is. Of course, Ganguly never departs quietly — he’s not even expected to. The fact that Dada may have seen his best days and that his present form may not make the grade isn’t good enough to announce a retirement.

The former India captain, southpaw batsman and appointed mascot of pretty much all Bengalis may have deconstructed a message when he was chosen as No. 15 in the squad to play the series against Australia by Chief Selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth. But the one-time 12th man who refused to carry water on to the field for his team mates has much to be proud of: more than 100 Tests, having a 40-plus batting average, changing the way Indian captains conduct mindgames, making the phrase ‘losing one’s shirt’ mean something quite the opposite of venting anger...

On Tuesday, Ganguly just provided us with a nice, anti-climactic moment: his retirement plan. Now it’s up to us to deal with it.