July 12, 2007

Indian cricket

Born-again Ganguly still out to lord it over England

George Binoy

"The most memorable image of perhaps the most brilliant era of Indian cricket," says Rahul Bhattacharya in The Guardian, "is of a half-naked man on a handsome terracotta balcony. He is waving a shirt above his head, a tangle of gold and amulets are heaving across his chest, and all the while rather forcefully wishing somebody what looks a lot like "luck"."

In India Ganguly has an unmatched knack for dividing public opinion, but in England it is quite unanimous: the image is of a character so impossibly wealthy and spoilt that it is ultimately amusing. A classic instance is the story of him instructing Michael Atherton to run off for a sweater for him, an account so far from the actual event that Atherton himself dismissed it as apocryphal.

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