June 3, 2009

Sourav's second innings

ESPNcricinfo staff

What was probably the cricket world’s worst kept secret became public knowledge on Wednesday: Sourav Ganguly will join the ranks of former players-turned-commentators during the World Twenty20. Ganguly, among the most controversial, colourful and outspoken cricketers of his generation, will be part of ESPN-Star’s heavyweight panel for the tournament and will be doing commentary stints in the knockout stages. His new colleagues will include Nasser Hussain, a sparring partner from Ganguly’s glory days as India captain – on the same day that Ganguly twirled his shirt on the Lord’s Balcony, Hussain had pointed his bat, well, rather pointedly at the media – and Ian Chappell, a critic of Ganguly’s captaincy style but not of course to the extent his brother was. Ganguly can be both petulant and charming but the hope is that he speaks his mind, as has been his wont.

Jayaditya Gupta is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo in India

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