As he stood in silence, with hands on his hips — after Yusuf Pathan had scored his second boundary in an over to virtually seal the deal for KKR — Sourav Ganguly was perhaps wondering whether his efforts to make an appearance in IPL-4 was worth it.
Did Ganguly, who was roped in by the
Warriors more to serve his ego than anything else, still have the famed silken touch intact, was the question everyone was asking. Or, did he still have that charisma of motivating the youngsters, an art that he possessed during his stint as India captain?
Pune Warriors India batsman Sourav Ganguly eyes a ball as Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami unsucessfully appeals during the IPL Twenty20 match between Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai.
But the more we watch Ganguly play, the more we feel it was a mistake — not of the Warriors owners, but of Ganguly’s — to take the field.
His 22-ball stint against the team that Ganguly was desperate to come good for obvious reasons, was full of mistimed wallops, apprehensive nudges and a wanting hand-eye co-ordination.
The only exception came when, out of the blue, he managed to send one from left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla over the fence at long-on with his trademark shot.
However, the innings would be remembered more for the comedy of errors.
Ganguly danced down the wicket off Shakib Al Hasan and tried to hoick the ball. Instead, he edged it on to his pad; the ball bounced on the floor and started rolling towards the wicket.
Rather than attempting a stumping, wicketkeeper Shreevatsa Goswami hoped for the ball to crash into the stumps. It missed by a whisker but Goswami thought otherwise and started celebrating.
This is not the Dada we want to remember in the years to come.