What will Sourav Ganguly do now? This question is top of mind in the cricket fraternity, many a living room and college canteens.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 03:07 IST
What will Sourav Ganguly do now? This question is top of mind in the cricket fraternity, many a living room and college canteens. Not a trivial query this, considering that the man in question was at one time believed to be holding the most important post after the prime minister. Can we limit him to entertaining guests in a restaurant in Kolkata the rest of his life?
This is a question that may be worrying people in the cricket administration too. This guy just won’t lie down, limp away with injured pride and now-dubious form, into the anonymity of pages
of history and statistics. Dada is very much the quintessential dada. This fact may yet give sleepless nights to the top guns at the Cricket Association of Bengal, and maybe even the BCCI.
Rumours are rife that the beleaguered Jagmohan Dalmiya would love to have Ganguly back in the Indian team. After all, if the guy is travelling, it is unlikely that he can cast an interested eye at the big seat in the CAB. (Highlighting the other rumours might get us into a bit of a spot).
Dalmiya has proved that, ‘today CAB, tomorrow the (cricketing) world!’ is not fantasy or ranting of an aspirant. Ganguly’s involvement in cricket administration will certainly give a bit of a worry to the current lot ruling the roost.
Now to the not-so-nice matter of ousting him from the playing 14, 15 or 16 in Pakistan. Can you imagine the chaos if Ganguly were to score a century in Nagpur? Improbable, yes, but stranger things have happened — Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka, remember?
The time is ripe now. People are happy with Greg Chappell as coach. We beat Pakistan comprehensively in the one-day series. Test cricket has been forgotten for the moment, and before all eyes return to the pitch, Ganguly, do your bit.
Sadly, Ganguly has not made much of a case for himself. But what still rankles is the way he’s being shunted around. Dropped before the Pakistan series, where was the need to bring him back? If courage was displayed in dropping him, what scared the selectors — a few burnt effigies in Kolkata?
His playing days may be over. But don’t deny him the respect that a successful former captain of the Indian cricket team deserves.