Dada, let the world know your story
Most people feel Sourav should retire instead of facing further humiliation.Updated: Feb 25, 2006 14:38 IST
The exclusion of Sourav Ganguly from home series against England has put the spotlight back on the man. We asked our surfers if it was time for dada to call it quits.
And arguably, the topic was hotly debated. While a majority saidhe ought to bow out with grace and dignity, many insisted he should fight his way back into the team, after scorching the domestic circuit.
But overall, it was time to say goodbye, said most. Here's how it went.
Nikhil Kaushal from Allahabad said, "I certainly feel its time for Sourav to retire. There is just one spot in the middle order and with Yuvraj, Kaif, Raina and Venugopal vying for it, I don't think dada stands a chance. I feel that dropping him is the right decision. However, the selectors ought to have had a bit more grace."
Delhi's Debashish certainly felt so.
"I guess every player has to hang his boots. Time has come for Ganguly to do the same. There is no denying the fact that he has been the greatest of the captains Indian team ever had, but everything comes to an end and so should his career. Had it not been for Greg, he might have continued for couple of season more but the only regret is that we as a nation do not care for our heroes, be it on field or elsewhere."
Feeling rather bad for the former skipper, Bandula from Colombo said he should gracefully retire.
"Ganguly should have gracefully retired from Test cricket like so many great cricketers have done in the past without waiting for the selectors to show him the door. Having done so he would have remained the most coveted captain of Indian Cricket."
Brimming with sharp feelings against the More faction, Mumbai's SP said, "After such humiliation, Sourav should call a press conference, blast Chappell, More and gang and retire from international cricket. It would still be a good idea to start a parallel cricket team."
However, there were those who felt it was waiting to happen. Given his form, he should have been dropped long back.
Defending the selection committee, Pankaj Patel from Perth said, "Ganguly should have been dropped a long time ago and it is about time that he retires from international cricket altogether!
"I'm confident that Raina, Chawla and Vikram Singh will do a good job on the field! This injection of youth was needed a long time ago and it has finally happened!
"Don't go around blaming coach Greg Chappell as he is only trying to help!"
Dipanker Koley from Bangalore too felt it was better to go than repeatedly get humiliated. In fact, he suggested Ganguly write a book!
"He should retire without getting insulted anymore and then start writing his side of the story. Let the world know about the puppets (selectors and the politicians) and their owner."
Raman from Hyderabad was rather caustic. He felt Ganguly era is over and thought he should sit at home and look after his restaurant.
Pujan from Abad took a neutral line of thinking. Yes, Ganguly should go but why?
"Dalmiya tha to Ganguly tha, ab woh nahi hai to yea bhi nahi hoga. Simple!"
Aman from Calgary, Canada felt Ganguly in the past had got many chances to work on his form but he never capitalised on them and deserves to go.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal from New Delhi felt his own methods had come back to haunt him. Here's how he put it.
"Sourav Ganguly is guilty of inducing politics in Indian cricket with help and advice of former BCCI supreme, Jagmohan Dalmiya. He deserves to be out of the team to maintain a team spirit. It is a must for better performance as depicted by winning spree against Pakistan in Pakistan!"
Soundar from Chennai too felt he should go and added, "but he should be given a happy send off. Just like what Australia gave Steve Waugh".
There were those who continued with the belief that dirty politics had brought him down.
Many of our surfers just wrote in to express their angst.
However, some did give reasons.
Vipin Gupta from Kharagpur saw it this way.
"Sourav Ganguly should play domestic cricket, iron out the chinks in his armour and score heavily in domestic circuit. If we see performances in the domestic cricket Ganguly could not be included even if the selectors wanted. Inclusion of Jaffer, Raina and Kaif is justified taking in view they are the top batsmen in domestic cricket in that order."
Ashutossh from Lucknow too thought on similar lines.
"No, he should try his best at domestic level and bounce back with great form to the national team."
Abhishek from Bangalore felt on the basis of his abilities, he should stick on. However, since there are other forces at work, he could think otherwise.
"On the basis of his form and capabilities, no he should not retire. But considering the BCCI politics and Chappell's so-called vision Ganguly should give retirement a serious thought."
Ranjith from New Jersey too felt it was better bet than many other inexperienced players against Vaughan's team.
"I strongly feel that Ganguly still has few more years of cricket left in him. He should not have been judged by the bad patch he was going through. His experience and aggressiveness would have been very handy in handling the Englishmen."
The verdict is clear then - dada should consider retirement. But the board can do with a bit of grace.
First Published: Feb 25, 2006 14:16 IST