IPL April 14, 2010

The Sourav Ganguly self-help programme

You’re a useless waste of space and now you can pay for the privilege of having a former India captain tell you so
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‘You haven’t even learnt how to bring the car up to the door properly, have you? You sicken me’ © AFP
 

Have you got yours yet?

What do you mean you don’t know what I’m talking about? It’s the new IPL must-have product that is set to become a summer bestseller. Pull Yourself Together. Fast is a motivational course for office and home, from former Indian captain and self-help guru Sourav Ganguly. For a reasonable price, you get a book, a DVD and a signed photo of the author looking disdainfully past you.

Pop the DVD into your player and you will be immediately confronted with a close-up shot of the Kolkata captain’s face as he tells you that you are pathetic, that he can’t do everything for you and that if you carry on like this, God help your career. Apparently ITV are playing it to all their guest panellists, and though it hasn’t yet noticeably upped their game, it has reduced Graeme Hick to tears.

The book, meanwhile, takes the form of a motivational diary. Each of the 365 pages bears a personalised insult from the Maharaj himself. For example, in my copy, the entry for April 14th reads, “You write like an imbecile. Sort yourself out. Do you expect me to write your articles for you? God, do I have to do everything around here? Of all the appalling writers on Cricinfo, you are the most awful. Now get out of my sight.”

Firm but fair, I think you’ll agree.

You see, Sourav may look down on all of us (even you, dear reader), he may regard himself as the only Indian batsman who has ever been any good, he may have his purpley-gold clad troops cowering in their mini Perspex pavilion, and he may in his imagination picture himself ruling Kolkata from the heavens, wearing a gold crown and sitting on a throne of clouds and diamonds, but still we love him. Apart, that is, from those of us who hate him.

Over the weekend these anti-Gangulyites puffed themselves up in mock outrage at Sourav’s little cri de coeur before the Indian press. How dare he criticise his own players? What catastrophic effects might this public castigation have on the poor dears? Please Sourav, keep it in the dressing room! Have mercy! Think of vulnerable little Brendon and delicate Chris! Think of the children! This is no way to run a railroad (and so on and so forth).

Well, Anderson to them. What do you or I care for the morale in the Kolkata dressing room? I’m not on their staff, I’m not their mother, and frankly, I couldn’t give two hoots about whether Sourav is being “professional” or not. Was Kolkata’s performance against Bangalore pathetic? Maybe not. He could just as easily have tried “dreadful”, “feeble” or “inept”. But how joyful to hear an insider breaking ranks, throwing off the omerta of the professional cricketer and admitting his colleagues had acquitted themselves in a manner some distance removed from adequate.

Ganguly is a delightful mix of Little Lord Fauntleroy and Machiavelli. If he was English, he would be a Yorkshireman. From the posh end of Yorkshire, no doubt, but unmistakably a cantankerous inhabitant of the north, prone to high-handed rudeness and plotting in corridors. But just as the Indian selectors kept coming back to him, we can’t be without him either. He is part of the furniture of Indian cricket, an awkwardly constructed and slightly rickety side table with angular edges on which people regularly bruise themselves. The place would feel a little empty without him.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Mel on April 14, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    OMG. Loved this page - esp the comments made me laugh more than the actual content. ;)

    Andrew, I too agree with your obseravations, but...had this article been written by an Indian author, it would fit-in, but you being an Englishman, your motive becomes questionable. ahem...But, please do continue following IPL non-stop every day, as already I see you fast becoming 'indian at heart' as seen by your writings for the past month. ;)

  • Vijay on April 14, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Well, to see if Ganguly still has the magic for T20 will have to wait and watch if he still remains the captain or even in the KKR side in next year's IPL! (IPL-4)

  • Gunjan Basu on April 14, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    I felt reading this article as a sarcastic essay for a man who has lead India successfully during his reign. In IPL 3 he is among the top 5 run getters with a decent SR as well (above 120). The team that has been given to Ganguly is full of self egoists I guess most of the foreign specially Gayle and Maccullum are captains and are very poor at it. See the recaptincy records they have absolutely pathetic. They should listen to DADA for not only teams benefit but their personal cricketing benefit as well. I think the team needs a serious thinking about Agarkar and Ishant sharma they are bowling like amatuers. All in all the internal rift is highly visible in the team. My support to DADA will always remain. He was a good captain and he will remain so till he retiers.

  • Grinder on April 14, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    a lot of people have no problems if Ganguly speaks his mind, but they have a problem when Mr.Hughes does so. Someone said that his KKR team has no good players; look at Rajasthan Royals: lesser team, better performances. When India won many matches, he was a good motivator..so when KKR loses many matches, he is a bad motivator... cogito ergo sum.

  • Adarsh on April 14, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Nice article, but you are courting a controversy, despite your efforts to be as mild as possible..

  • Rama Iyer on April 14, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @brahmii I was a fan of Ganguly for a long time but his overly selfish attitude is causing problems for the team he leads. I am not saying he is 100% at fault but as a captain if you take glory for good captaincy you have to take the flak for bad one. Given a choice to choose captain for India I will always choose Saurav/Kumble/Dhoni(due to luck factor). But the thing is in 20-20 platform building doesnt always work. Its important that if you are not able to hit in the powerplays send somebody else up the order to do the job (McCullum/Gayle) a good pair and then come 1 down or 2 down. That is good captaincy. I do agree that as a captain you can only do so much but publicly blasting your team in the press doesnt help. You can blast them all you want in private. Public bashing only serves to create animosity among team players.

  • Faisal Shaikh on April 14, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    How u know, that people are taking it seriously, u must have read all comments, which mean u had also taken it quite seriously........!!!

  • Babul on April 14, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Ganguly is a player who has already proved his worthiness much much before. No doubt on his class. You may perform or not for a certain period but your class will remain as companion for you that is sure to make you overcome any situation. So as Dada is aware of his strength, no doubt he will be confident over himself. Being a confident pioneer of Indian Cricket, he can play a role to awake the youngsters. Whats the point of taking it otherwise?

    Whoever comment on him, please show us doing at least one-fourth of what he has done.

  • Chittaranjan on April 14, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Off all the comments, Harpal is the Sarcastic one who doesnt understand the game I believe...If you think that every one is a captain in a cricket team as understood by your words then cricket would have been a individual game and you dont need 11 players to perform for one goal. I believe that you are a kid and understands less about the game. People who think that legends like Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly are past of Indian cricket and often considered as furniture as many of you said, then dont forget that they comforted you at one point of time. If you are hurt by the furniture then you are only responsible because the furniture does not move to hurt you , you only come closer to get hurt.

  • Aravind Sri on April 14, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Kudos.... A very light hearted and correct rant at the Prince...

  • Mel on April 14, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    OMG. Loved this page - esp the comments made me laugh more than the actual content. ;)

    Andrew, I too agree with your obseravations, but...had this article been written by an Indian author, it would fit-in, but you being an Englishman, your motive becomes questionable. ahem...But, please do continue following IPL non-stop every day, as already I see you fast becoming 'indian at heart' as seen by your writings for the past month. ;)

  • Vijay on April 14, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Well, to see if Ganguly still has the magic for T20 will have to wait and watch if he still remains the captain or even in the KKR side in next year's IPL! (IPL-4)

  • Gunjan Basu on April 14, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    I felt reading this article as a sarcastic essay for a man who has lead India successfully during his reign. In IPL 3 he is among the top 5 run getters with a decent SR as well (above 120). The team that has been given to Ganguly is full of self egoists I guess most of the foreign specially Gayle and Maccullum are captains and are very poor at it. See the recaptincy records they have absolutely pathetic. They should listen to DADA for not only teams benefit but their personal cricketing benefit as well. I think the team needs a serious thinking about Agarkar and Ishant sharma they are bowling like amatuers. All in all the internal rift is highly visible in the team. My support to DADA will always remain. He was a good captain and he will remain so till he retiers.

  • Grinder on April 14, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    a lot of people have no problems if Ganguly speaks his mind, but they have a problem when Mr.Hughes does so. Someone said that his KKR team has no good players; look at Rajasthan Royals: lesser team, better performances. When India won many matches, he was a good motivator..so when KKR loses many matches, he is a bad motivator... cogito ergo sum.

  • Adarsh on April 14, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Nice article, but you are courting a controversy, despite your efforts to be as mild as possible..

  • Rama Iyer on April 14, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    @brahmii I was a fan of Ganguly for a long time but his overly selfish attitude is causing problems for the team he leads. I am not saying he is 100% at fault but as a captain if you take glory for good captaincy you have to take the flak for bad one. Given a choice to choose captain for India I will always choose Saurav/Kumble/Dhoni(due to luck factor). But the thing is in 20-20 platform building doesnt always work. Its important that if you are not able to hit in the powerplays send somebody else up the order to do the job (McCullum/Gayle) a good pair and then come 1 down or 2 down. That is good captaincy. I do agree that as a captain you can only do so much but publicly blasting your team in the press doesnt help. You can blast them all you want in private. Public bashing only serves to create animosity among team players.

  • Faisal Shaikh on April 14, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    How u know, that people are taking it seriously, u must have read all comments, which mean u had also taken it quite seriously........!!!

  • Babul on April 14, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Ganguly is a player who has already proved his worthiness much much before. No doubt on his class. You may perform or not for a certain period but your class will remain as companion for you that is sure to make you overcome any situation. So as Dada is aware of his strength, no doubt he will be confident over himself. Being a confident pioneer of Indian Cricket, he can play a role to awake the youngsters. Whats the point of taking it otherwise?

    Whoever comment on him, please show us doing at least one-fourth of what he has done.

  • Chittaranjan on April 14, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Off all the comments, Harpal is the Sarcastic one who doesnt understand the game I believe...If you think that every one is a captain in a cricket team as understood by your words then cricket would have been a individual game and you dont need 11 players to perform for one goal. I believe that you are a kid and understands less about the game. People who think that legends like Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly are past of Indian cricket and often considered as furniture as many of you said, then dont forget that they comforted you at one point of time. If you are hurt by the furniture then you are only responsible because the furniture does not move to hurt you , you only come closer to get hurt.

  • Aravind Sri on April 14, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Kudos.... A very light hearted and correct rant at the Prince...

  • SoYeB on April 14, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Well, I am Fan of KKR and I think Ganguly was right to critisize his players. I dont remember any indian player playing a match winnig role in any game atleast this season.

  • Kumar on April 14, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Some people do not change and Saurav is one of them.. He does not say a word when he is not scoring runs.. But when he gets some runs he starts talking crap like this.. Damn Saurav..

  • Agni on April 14, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    this article is a clear publicity stunt...dunno why ppl are taking it so seriously

  • brahmiii on April 14, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Yaa one cant say like that to ganguly... Keeping such a good platform in the intial overs like 90+ in 10 overs and getting collapsed for 150+ in the remaining what can a captain do,,,, Look about saha9wicket keeper),he hardly scored less than a total of 50 in 12 matches.. How can a player do so.. sourav plays his role ultimately as a player.. and he stands in top 3 performers of ipl.. salute for rocking performance

  • Rama Iyer on April 14, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Andrew you definitely need not apologize. There is something called freedom of expression. Those supporting Ganguly look at his performance in 2006 World Cup against a team like Bangladesh. He was excellent in 2000 but since then he has become a shadow of his former self. All those crying against the wrong LBW, Angelo Matthews was given not out when he was simply out. Wrong umpiring decisions happen all the time. Also Ganguly had scored only 10 of 12 in the powerplay. All we are asking is if he is a good captain he should not open the innings, let two-three hitters open and then bring himself down the order. Cannot always patronize your team. Thats the only thing I dont like about MI with Sachin always opening without giving a chance to the others

  • Ajay on April 14, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Ganguly is known to wear his heart on his sleeve, we all know that. He is a passionate cricketer and has done great service for Indian cricket. No doubt his cricketing skills are on slide and probably it would be better for KKR if he comes 1 or 2 down in the batting order. It is difficult to digest any criticism of dada for most Indians (be it satire) because he is one of our favorite captains. You can call us emotional fools but we are like that.

  • Sandy_bangalore on April 14, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    LOL at all these so-called ganguly fans, making comical attempts to defend this player who was overrated and who was winning because he had Sachin and Dravid at the peak of their careers.He can neither play the short ball, nor move his feet when the ball seams. All he does is hit mediocre off spinners out of the ground. And people talking abt his 18000 runs, all those were compiled on the flatbeds of india,sharjah,nairobi and the likes. He averages 30 something in aus,nz and SA. He bowls some lollypop medium pace and cant field to save his life. Must be the luckiest person who ever lived in India!

  • guptha on April 14, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Mr Andrew Hughes i think that it's quite immature for you to write those nonsense.. DADA is the greatest captain of India of all times. even Steve Waugh has said that he is probably the best captain he has faced.. and one of the elite player whose average has never fallen below 40 in test, and who has reached 5000,6000,7000,8000,9000 runs the fastest in ODI and the 2nd fastest to reach 10,000(even though he was out of form). even now, what happened to KKR in 2nd IPL edition when DADA was removed. in this 3rd edition he recieved 2 MOM out of 5 games won. the highest run getter for KKR and currently the 4th highest run getter in IPL. If DADA fails to play good..the KKR also fails.. if it wasnt for DADA, the KKR wouldnt be KNIGHTS..

  • Subhaashis Bhadra on April 14, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Good job Andrew for writing a gr8 marketing article! "What do you mean you don’t know what I’m talking about?" C'mon man don't tell me u r here to criticize DADA on cricketing reasons!! I understand what u tried to achieve ;)... hog some lime light, right? And i reckon u get this space from cricinfo for earning some revenue by blemishing 'the transformer of indian cricket'?And see Mr.Hughes u are quite successful in that! just count the responses u received (including this one) for the piece of sheet u delivered!!Congrats Man! Keep on writing against DADA whenever u need to take a short cut to fame!Don't get bothered about cricketing facts & figures!Don't even feel sorry later on when u have to eat humble pie just like other critics of DADA.I know u can do it man!because u are so shameless and spineless!! and of course u are not here to write any sensible article on cricket!Thankfully,even if u try u can't do it after all!! At end a loud BOO for Cricinfo for buying some cheap publicity

  • Tahir on April 14, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    He need 2 pakistani 20/20 player (afridi & Razaq) and then you see how Ganguly the great can take KKR team to next level. The lack good player not good captain.

  • ksr on April 14, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    When the university of Andrew's country give honorary doctorship award for leadership and mental strength, when IIM calls him for Leadership lecturer and with almost 20000 international runs in his kitty, Ganguli's caliber is unparalleled-Andrew knows how to earn one millionth of that fame by writing such funny article-i also see lot of people are jealous about the achievements of the greatest leader in indian sport.

  • Svaths on April 14, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Well said Arijit "People like Hughes derive their 15 mins of fame by making fun of people whom they can never emulate ... not even in their wildest dreams. I feel pity for such losers & also feel ashamed to see a reputed crkt portal hosting such rubbish."

    Sarcasm reaches new heights, as Hughes shadows his own hatred against a mighty hero, he can never become.

    Grow up. Mr. Hughes. Felt pain to see CricInfo publish rubbish.

  • sankha on April 14, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    exactly @chandrakant. cricinfo should not provide space for personal conflicts.I dont know Mr hughes so neither can i criticise his cricketing wits nor can i appreciate it. My only point is that you might not like gangully but you cant question or mock his ability. @ GULLA you cannot make a shrikant anirudh to sachin tendulkar...how ever you may try ..you can bring all the best captain or best coach but it will not work.. nurturing a good talent is necessary but nurturing weeds leads to bushes.

  • Amlan on April 14, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Calling dada a furniture and number of people supporting the same is sad. One points out the low srike rate but his performance is the only one in the team worth a mention.Entire team is collapsing, obviously he shares the blame but not insult. He can be blamed for dis-owning the players but not for lack of involvement and self motivation.At times all of us feel why he is taking all the flaks and not hanging his boot? Definitely not for money as he has enough of it and shall continue to earn. I think his greatest weakness is his love for the game.He doesn't want to encash his past. He just wants to live with head held high and always giving himself a last chance to "prove beyond doubt" I suspect.Poor man, he should realize even Sachin is not spared, Don is because he never played for India, how can one upright soul who spaeks his mind be spared by wound inflicting mass. He is a realty and remain so for years to come. Bad luck Huges.

  • Som on April 14, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    A guy with a strike rate of 110 odd is settngs example for his team. Na mate na... He is tryin hard to save his job... If Indian Cricket is doing good of late it is becasue of the perform or perish policy of Chappel. TRue dada was a great leader but Indian cricket's graduation to the next level was brought about by Chappe,Dhoni and co. GReat article though1

  • Rohan on April 14, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    It's disheartening to see Cricinfo support such despicable articles against of India's most prolific batsmen of all time. I'm sure the author would now train his gun on Kumble for his comments on "Kallis's slow batting" against Deccan! Here we have a captain who speaks his heart out and is not like every other "politically correct" captain..And he gets bashed thru such a baseless article!

  • Andrew Hughe on April 14, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment.

    I must confess, I'm surprised at some of the comments. I'm really not sure how anyone could interpret it as an attack on Ganguly. Those who feel it was might like to read it again, ideally after taking a few deep breaths.

    I like Ganguly as a player and I think the game would be poorer without him, as I said. I also said in the article that I agreed with his criticism of his players, both what he said and how he did it.

    As for the suggestion that I shouldn't write about Ganguly (or by implication any cricketer) because I have not played the game, that rather misses the point of this blog. It is, as the heading suggests, a fan's diary, not the perspective of a cricketer. Indeed, it was from a fan's perspective that I supported his criticism of his players.

    Finally, much of what I write is tongue in cheek and I certainly do not set out to offend or insult.

  • dizz on April 14, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    @Vishal Khanna - learn English before commenting here. The rest of u idiots wake up- Gangulys Histiry now. His batting is rather patchy and its bye-bye time for Dada or who ever he is called.

  • sankha on April 14, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    guys check the orange cap list he is no:5. after 2 years of hibernation to come back and score runs is probably "not good" enough for Mr.hughes.his 11,000 odd runs may seem an "old furniture".His debut test century could have been scored by any "tom dick harry" of english cricket. His building of a new "team india" was not "at all important"..common man!! How can you dare question his ability as a captain? He lifted a team of losers to world beaters. And for KKr his public bashing is absoloutely justified. If an international bowler cant bowl cant field its not captain's fault.Kkr doesnot have a single current indian team cricketer in what is termed as "indian" premier league.Wasim Akram cannot bowl for Kkr , he can only pass his advice. if a batting order finishes after a tremendous start what can the captain do? what' the point being a hypocrit ? As far as Hughes allegation on dada's arrogance and unprofessionalism on managing youngsters.. ask viru/ yuvi/ bhajji/ dhoni/zaheer!!!

  • Pravardhan on April 14, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    He's a failure as captain in IPL, and that needs to be accepted. No team can under perform to such extent just by luck. If the team isnt good its probably because he didnt contribute in picking the right guys (MI got serious talent from ICL). And the 2003 WC was sachin against the rest !!! India wouldnt hav won 2 games without him..

  • bally712 on April 14, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    funny article! well written! it seems our bengali brethren cannot have anything negative - however minimal - about their 'Dada'!! look he done great as Indias captain but its time for him to pack it in before he becomes even more of a caricature of himself!

  • poornima on April 14, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    I'm not Bengali, so my reaction is not out of regional sentiment like somebody commented.

    Ganguly is a treasure. And YES, as true fans we WILL back him and jump to his defense!

    Sarcasm and humour work only when within a limit, a boundary that good journalism never crosses.

    If your every word was dissected, every action analyzed, every frown misinterpreted, every comment blown out of proportion; if your every single statement was exaggerated and remarked on by people who smack their lips every time your name is dragged into a controversy, I'd love to see how YOU would handle it, Mr. Hughes.

  • Anil Dongre on April 14, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    I watch every match which Ganguly plays.He is not only good captain but also good player.KKR not perform very well in this season also except sourav he score more then 375 runs but all went in vain.

  • alex on April 14, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Super explanation of ganguly in last paragraph.

  • Chandu on April 14, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Overly Sarcastic.. Not funny. I wonder why cricinfo lets this sort of articles published.

    I am not a big of Ganguly, but stil feel is a GEM of Indian cricket.

  • Animesh on April 14, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    I loved your rant on this self-hyped man called Ganduly. Had he been an entrant at this stage of Indian cricket, he would not even get in due to poor fielding and slow running. He survived a no-gloss era of Indian cricket.

  • Ashwin on April 14, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    I wouldnt say Dada's outburst was right in every aspect. After all he has scored the runs,took some brilliant catches and made some diving saves. Thats not the dada we know. If he can change his game at 37,am sure the younger players can pick themselves and play better.Ishant sharma has been nothing but pathetic throughout this IPL.Instead of investing 950,000$ in him,they could've well gone for 3-4 players who can keep their feet on their ground and play some good cricket.But sadly Dada's outburst had no effect on the team as they crashed to defeat against Csk.

  • SG on April 14, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Shouldn’t allow to taking personal revenge. Data is the best leader.

  • GULLA on April 14, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    I agree DADA was the 1st guy to bring in the element of aggression into team India which was required for India back then...but that does not work for every team not with KKR at least.The younger players need a little nurturing which DADA sucks at....he should be learning from Warne and Gilly....:-)

  • Rake on April 14, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    AH, Nice & funny. Though seems like you have upset a lot of fans of Ganguly. Word of advice : Please stay away from Kolkota for health & safety reasons. ;-) Lol.

  • Subhro on April 14, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I dont knw who is this bloke names Andrew HUghes but this msg for evryone- stat reveals most of the games tht KKR won till date Ganguly was one of the top performer, and won max Man of the match, so plz get ur stats rite guys b4 jumping onto n e conclusion...........

  • harshal on April 14, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    nice one! nice genuine enjoyable satire at the THE dada

  • Vishal on April 14, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Excellent article. Great satire, aptly said.

    Somebody commented above...love him or hate him but can't ignore him...come contract renewal for ipl and he will surely be ignored

  • Dada on April 14, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Every T,D n H with a keyboard and access to internet can write anything [including me] . Dada hasnt done any crime ! He has been expressive .

  • Atul on April 14, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Ha ha ha... I see all you DADA fans out there... You all deserve KKR downfall...untill dada is in KKR you all will be put in this situation...How long are you going to support him... The man is old... let him take rest...Pity on shahrukh khan... he either has to keep playing DADA as a captain of KKR until selling KKR or wait for DADA to grow too old to walk... but he can still be non-playing captain.. that will keep DADA fans happy here...

  • Avik Roy on April 14, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    This known to none some Andrew Hughes is criticizing the DADA, now that's irony!!!!! Go Mr. Hughes, learn how to hold the bat. You wanna know the truth, see it here: KKR = DADA and he has the complete right to criticize his players after what they did in Bangalore. You, the worm of sewerage, is questioning Dada's captaincy.......so pity on cricinfo!!!!

  • Abhi on April 14, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Priceless Andrew! Cantankerous Yorkshireman indeed! Is that why a certain Mr Boycott loves him? LOL. But he is one man who doesn't mince words. Salute him for that! Give me Sourav's comments anyday compared to 'Well of course' Dhoni! What an impact he'll have as a commentator.

  • Nanthan on April 14, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    Ganguly leads by power. He doesn't have the ability to glue ordinary men together and make them perform at higher level. When KKR was performing bad last year, he should have called him pathetic. He is a very selfish cricketer. The writer is right. And the readers who support his irresponsible comments are also pathetic.

  • S S Varma on April 14, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    @Andrew Hughes, you are not completely right, but you are better than other bloggers in cricinfo.

  • Vidhya Venkat on April 14, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    I admire Ganguly for a lot of reasons, reading this makes me sad, although i know it has a lot of truth to its credit!

  • venky on April 14, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    Love him or hate him, you can't ignore him.Is it not true that he has scored more runs than most of the Indian players selected for the world T 20. Stop rubbishing DADA. He is a icon in his own right.

  • Prakash Iyer on April 14, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    To think that he had the gumption to have a go at his team when his own performance was pathetic. Scoring 50s at run-a-ball is hardly what this format demands. Ganguly is a man who should have hung up his boots. He does not have what it takes as a batsman and now he has proven that he doesn't have what it takes to be a leader. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Well he had a point but maybe said it in the wrong way...more motivational wouldve helped because look how fed up they all looked in the recent match against CSK... they got a whopping...lack of motivation..He is considered one of the best captains Indias ever had..probs because of this aggression..i think his team needs to look at it positively instead of moping and making it worse for their team

  • harpal on April 14, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    some people still think ganguly is best, i can only feel sorry for them. i always say that he is the most selfish player in the world is in this ipl too he bats for himself to be one of the higest run scorer. he is good captain only because he has sachin, dravid, kumble, vvs and bhajji in the team who dont need any captain to perform them and ganguly take cradit for that. cricket is great equalizer, the way he got out in his last test inning tells the all.

  • Jeremy Nirmal on April 14, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    I just don't get why people are offended by this article. Andrew great job yet again. I think if Andrew had to go and "get to know" every subject before he wrote about it, then that wouldn't leave him much time to write such funny pieces. Stop being such fools and see the lighter side people!

  • Akd on April 14, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    we jst knw that he is a legend.. And an awesum player

  • Sudeep Sonawadekar on April 14, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Anyways Guys....Lets forget this Blame Game. I am a maharashtrian but I always support KKR and will always.

    Lets Hope we get a new, better and stronger team in the auction coming June.

    Hope the long loosing streak ends this year and we shall look forward to 2011.

    We love you Dada, it seems the person who has written this article doesnt know ABCD of Cricket and contribution of a legend to Indian Cricket.

    Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo

  • pozx on April 14, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    great article andrew hughes.....now dada will be told by a man who has never touched bat on how to motivate his team.....well i'll really have to appreciate ur thinking....making ur article popular by criticising dada.way to go my man.....

    let me ask u one simple question u r a writer but dada he has been a professional cricketer for 15 years. u spend like 3,4 or maybe 5 hrs in a day thinking about cricket and its various aspects....well professional players at highest levels think about it 24 hrs they live it they sleep it and u in all ur ignorance think u can give him ur master, brilliant,“dreadful”, “feeble” or “inept” or maybe pathetic advice.....nice man well done. we all dada fans would realy like to thank u for pointing this out(i dont know how much important, hardworking hours u might would've spent thinking this). u r a great man. hope god give u wisdom. wishing u success in life.......

  • subhro on April 14, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    If someone tries to critise Sun just to get enlightened , should Sun really care for him ? This author...hmm...is he a cricket player ? cricker maniac ? cricket fan ? or bla bla bla.....well he has money enough...just to book the place and space of cricinfo with his venomous shits.....hey dear author....go on and carry on....the ppl should know this faces...just to take fun ......

  • nagesh on April 14, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    Ganguly , better, read man management. In IPL, players are playing for money, not for the team. No foreign player would like to get injured, as his loyalty is towards his country, not IPL.Exception is Warne, Hayden, Gilgristwho have all retired from their country's team. This an Indian captain must understand and try to get the best out of the available indian players. This is the reason Warne, Gil ghrist is successful. So also, Dhone, who gets the best out of the Indian playrs. This Dada must understand. The foreign players will care a hoot to Ganguly's outbursts. He is only spoiling the morale.Let him shut his mouth and move as a friend like Dhoni, Warne, Tendulkar, Gilgrist and he will be successful.

  • Satish on April 14, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Not even remotely funny! This line should sum up Mr.Hughes' writing- An old rickety piece of furniture which bruises anyone who touches(reads) it and something we could all do without!

  • pranay on April 14, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I really pity cricinfo for providing real estate to this article

  • Eelco on April 14, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Brilliant, love it, last line is gold. Even better to see some of Dada-ist jumping up and down cause one of their 'false' gods is mentioned in an article. What does it matter what a person or Ganguly in specific has done in the past, if the present is wrong , it is wrong, simple as that.

  • sudheer on April 14, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Where were you Mr.Hughes when DADA scored matching winning innings against DC and another spectacular effort against DD.. I know u will not be seen again if DADA performs well in the next match.. how many times people expect him to perform..he is not the only person in the team .. youngsters in KKR have become totally useless.. DADA was trying to bring the performances which are required to win matches..but he tried a different approach..but still..

  • Subha on April 14, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    It is evident that Englishmen have a problem with Ganguly since his days with Lancashire, mainly cause he gave them back their own treatment. But that's probably beyond the point of this article. You might argue whether it was right from Sourav's part to criticise his own team in public but to undermine and criticise his contribtuion towards Indian cricket both as a batsman and a Captain and infact, making a mockery out of it, is just not right and unjust. To go that extent you have to be an englishman. Andrew Hughes is one!!!

  • Sameer on April 14, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Ganguly's just being his candid self, unafraid to speak his mind no matter who he rubs the wrong way. We didn't have an issue with that when he led the national team out of the pits 10 years ago. For his sake, I hope he puts in a truly stellar performance before the season ends. Might shut some people up.

  • Vikram on April 14, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Nice one Andrew. I do agree that he was a great player. But thats was. You can't carry around your past credentials and show off as if you are the greatest. You have to do something every now and then to refresh everyone's memories and get appraised. He has ruined his career himself. I always say that " success is something what everyone wants but then carrying success is not everyone's game. If you ride success you'll go places but the day it is the other way round, you are over". Ganguly got success but he could not carry it. Be it his sloppy attitude in field or bad attitude during training sessions and I am sure every one would have heard several news articles condemning his behavior. It was said by someone that time is over for seniors like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman. All listed here except dada have proved it wrong and they have proved their mettle either in one or the format.

    Dada's story is over. If KKR wants to win the title ever once they have to get over with dada.

  • Indranil on April 14, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    What a fool this guy Andrew Hughes is !!!!! Speaking as he himself is the captain of a team...... :p

    Dude Sourav is a legend... and his teammates need to learn how to fight ....how to make each of themselves count.... His outburst signifies the concern he has for the young talents in his team..... Whats the point if a captain just loses and does not help his teammates understand the impact of the loss to their respective careers.... This man Sourav has the leadershaip and concern in him .... We should appretiate that fact rather than makins such foolish statements like u did !!!! Learn cricket first ..... and later take the pen in your hand...... U have no credebility to write against such a big legend........

  • anirban on April 14, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    @ritadel do you eve watched dad played?? he is 38 now and he is out of his prime but still he is the 5th leading run scorer in this IPL and what about the lad form ur city ISHANT he is not looking like he is worth $950000, he is not even the shadow of his early days. at least lot was expect form him, and other Indian players in KKR well if they dont know how to bat then DADA him self cant do any thing, but saha and monoj tried and kartick tried with ball but u need 11 playes to win a tournament not 3 or 4.

  • Shiv Shankar on April 14, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Ganguly might be an agressive stand to anyone kind of person .. doesnt mean everything he does is right!!! Just because he has scored tons of runs in International Cricket doesnt give him the right to criticise others.. It is true that his opinions and words are supposed to carry respect for his performance .. Doesnt mean he gets respect for everything he says ..

    very few are Big talents and born geniuses .. he must make do with the team he has .. he has to motivate the side in giving their 150% and express that he expects their commitment and consistent performances ..

    He definitely is not helping KKR's cause here especially by the criticising comments .. there have been far worse performances in the IPL from other players .. you dont see every captain crying now!!! RR for that matter is not a star-studded team and hardly featuring Indian squad players as well .. yet they have more wins .. Shows the leadership capacity to motivate.

    Good Article .. what ganguly did was wrong

  • csk fan on April 14, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Mr.writer, i would say that the thing you are mouthin here is completely out of your ignorance and hatred towards indian cricket... wat do you know about dada in the first place? ... he is the one who brought indian cricket back on track after the disastrous 00/01 tour down under... he s the one who transformed the way cricket is being played by the indian national team ... in short the most successful captain india ever had... yeah, his touch with the willow has reduced dramatically over the yrs but he is still the same indomitable leader and kkr is blessed to have him ... it is ABSOLUTELY FAIR to criticize players who are performin like hell and that too by a man who created yuvi , viru... so ,pl stop fooling around mr. wrier... dada is a born leader

  • Jatinder Singh on April 14, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Nice article.. everything is ok about Ganguly.. he is very good captain, aggressive etc but the truth is in all IPL's he sinks the boat of KKR and Sharukh Khan..

  • DadaHater on April 14, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    For the Dada lovers! Ganguly changed the direction of Indian cricket when he took the helm. The India cricket team came out of the shadow of the Empire and dared to stand up to the one time rulers and the rest of the world. Ganguly's self-importance, arrogance and selfishness, grabbed the Indian team by the scruff of the neck and took them marching on a path to where they are now! No doubt Ganguly lead India well and contributed with both bat and ball but his lack of effort while fielding does grate. Now the hating! Ganguly is abrasive, and I'll say again selfish. Now his powers with the bat are on the wane, he can no longer save matches. He wastes so much time at the top of the order scoring runs for himself & KKR suffers. When he came to Lancs-the dressing room couldn't stand him and the Flintoff/Ganguly spat started. In summary he was a good cricketer but not a 'nice bloke'. Hughes has hit the bullseye with the article and has merely stated fact rather than criticise or ridicule!

  • anti-hughes on April 14, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Dada called a spade a spade. Nothing wrong with that i feel. Occasionally a kick up peoples backsides would do them a world of good. Was never a dada- fan but after reading ur article have become one. What are ur credentials boss? What have you achieved in life? When someone who has not achieved anything note- worthy in life (a certain andrew hughes i meant) can take the liberty of writing such crap the captain of a team has a right to castigate his players. And what he had to say about Apr 14 has been proved true by this article. Better luck next time dear.

  • giginge on April 14, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    some of these comments arent exactly giving (some, a minority) of Indian cricket fans a good name...don't they understand satire?

    Keep up the good work Andrew!

  • Vishnu Sivadas on April 14, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    Andrew Hughes doesn't know or care abt wat Dada has done to Indian Cricket........go and write this kind of crap abt players from ur country......how dare u compare Dada to a rickety furniture piece.....PATHETIC ARTICLE !!

  • SG on April 14, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Shouldn’t allow to taking personal revenge. Data is the best leader.

  • Maqsood Arify on April 14, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Really, this is poor leadership, you never criticize your team in public, this is a basic rule of leadership. But now fault from Ganguly, he is a great cricketer but a poor leader. Truth.

  • djoker on April 14, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    dada is the big white elephant in the kkr dressing room. SRK would nt risk loyalty of kolkata and will stick with ganguly till IPL-6(hope he retires by then.)

    IPL should cut this crap abt Icon players and put every one to idding. I wonder if any team would buy laxman/dravid/dada for a million dollars if they are put in the open auction.

    nice article.

  • Kaushik Basu on April 14, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Forget about these critics. These same people were asking for Sachin's head in international format a couple of month's ago. They would soon be asking for someones head whom they consider great now the moment he starts to fail. I agree Saurav has passed his prime, but was he wrong in being frustrated in the match against bangalore when they lost because of the so called younger players? People may say generally he is slow etc, but in that match, when he got out it was 101 in 11 overs with 8 wkts in hand and they end up making 160 now where was his fault? Also in bowling, things were going good until our so called pace sensation Ishant came in.

  • Shaz on April 14, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Dada should step down ................being a bengali and exploiting the Kolkata support wont bring any good to KKr.......

  • raja on April 14, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Andrew, this is Raja from CF. Lovely article. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I sort of sensed there would be one on Ganguly's outburst coming up. :-)

    Looking at the comments here, I don't see what the hullaballoo is about though. I find it a pretty balanced article. It starts off poking fun at Saurav, no doubt, but then, later on, it also gives a thumbs-up to his candid style and it acknowledges that Indian cricket feels a bit empty without him. All said very wittily and meant purely for fun of course.

    The reactions are typical. Everbody is getting hysterical. "How dare you talk about Saurav ?" types. Oh boy ! Be prepared for effigy-burning on the streets of Kolkata! Man, you've arrived. ;-)

    Don't worry, keep writing your satire. Those who get it, will love it. As for the others, too bad - they just need to develop a sense of humour.

    Cheers, mate.

  • Raja on April 14, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Guand guly is good cricketior but quite selfish man cause it's natural the way he behave cause in india people thoes who got power they behave like this He is big name in indian cricket and also politicaly stronge so he got right to do anything in other wards one more GOD in indian cultrule .

  • Roger on April 14, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    When Greg Chappell took the ego-bloated Indian cricketers to task,he was sacked. A mild -mannered Gary Kirtsen who cannot call a spade a spade was called in as Coach.Prior to Greg Chapell was another mild - mannered John Wright. When John Buchanan ticked off the KKR, he was sacked. When Tom Moody told Kings XI Punjab to perform, they sulked and underperformed. So do you sack Sourav Ganguly now for his scathing remarks on the KKR team members? Please remember that the IPL is the Great Indian Lottery.pick a winner. ANY match. You can't go by form. Check out the performances of ALL the Teams from IPL 1 to 3 - and try to fathom why any of the teams has won ANY match - you'd be better off consulting an astrolger.Or read Shakespeare's "swings and arrows of outrageous fortune". Twenty20 sucks.

  • Raghavan on April 14, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Azhar and Sourav just happened to be the two most successful captains. Were they the best, No, did they lead from the front and lead by example, no, not at all.They just happen to captain one of the best middle orders in recent times and an emerging pace attack and spin spearheaded with Kumble. It was the sweat and toil of the sachins and kumbles which made them what they were. Both Azhar and Sourav stayed longer than they deserved to .

  • L.Hunter on April 14, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    KKR's main lacks in the field of quality indian players and also planning................

  • Thyagarajan on April 14, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    A captain has to motivate.Ganguly has never motivated any one anywhere.In KKR why did Ganguly choose Agarkar knowing about his pathetic performances for India.layed long because he was hitched on to someone.Ishant Sharma is a lazy guy and thinks every day is a Sunday and wickets will fall onto his lap.As Gamblers say he had beginners 'luck and now resting on Laurels.Ganguly better shout at himself instead of at others. Time he quit cricket

  • Thyagarajan on April 14, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    A captain has to motivate.Ganguly has never motivated any one anywhere.In KKR why did Ganguly choose Agarkar knowing about his pathetic performances for India.layed long because he was hitched on to someone.Ishant Sharma is a lazy guy and thinks every day is a Sunday and wickets will fall onto his lap.As Gamblers say he had beginners 'luck and now resting on Laurels.Ganguly better shout at himself instead of at others. Time he quit cricket

  • Ketan Mayecha on April 14, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Before we castrate a player, however big or small he is - one must realise their tremendous talent and capacity before passing such gibberish. They are in the centre because they have it in them - and you guys write rubbish becuase you dont have it in you. Writng and acting has many takes, retakes and erasures - while when one is in the field, he has a split second to act - more often on animal instincts. Let me see you write an article without an erasure and within an absolute limited time span. I can assure you that you will have no respect for your own script. If you had to lead KKR and bat and Ganguly has to write - he will do a far far better job than you. Ganguly has a right to criticize because he can do the same job better than them. You dont. Period.

  • jayanta roy on April 14, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    hi,,

    I did not understand why srk waste money for kkr but ganguly is only player who has given 100 percent for kkr. He is most succesful captain of indian cricket. Ganguly is the best.

  • Rajesh Jha on April 14, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Dear readers, it is a habit of some people 2 finger out 2 other activities and try 2 criticize others.But dear friends, the most important thing in cricket is performance.Just forget what dada did for his country and forget the 18000 runs of him, just look at his current performance in the IPL. He is a real fighter and proves,age is not important 2 perform.If he can be an example of the current generation and can say the goods of the team then he has the full right 2 say the bads of them.He always backed other players but the whole team fails 2 back their captain to win a match. Out of 5 matches KKR won, 2 man-of-the-match is dada.It proves something else dear.He is not only a unique player as well as a true leader who has no fear to say other faults. And most important reason to make him legend is that after retiring from international cricket his involvement towards his team and the hungriness to win a match. DADA U R GREAT AND TRUE LEGEND.

  • Kaushik on April 14, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Yes.. thats right... 9 of the 21 test wins have come against mighty teams like zimbabwe and bangladesh... no good batsman score 7000 odd runs anymore... and every oneday batsman nowadays has 10,000 run.. so whats the whole point??

  • Sourav Ganguly on April 14, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Hats off to the writer!!!I liked the article.Any leader will be successful with a winning combination, thats wat happened when ganguly was indian captain.He was given a team that performed.He didnt drive anyone to perform.Instead, he is was very selfish.He ruined many potential players.All ganguly fans are behaving exactly the same as Ganguly.One must Understand that cricket is a TEAM game.You cant blame a win or a loss to any individual.A good leader will never bring this type of energy in his team.I am sure if u give the same team to Gilli,warne,greme smith or dhoni, they would have been on the top of the points table.All players in KKR,except so called Dada, have potential to rip any opposition apart all they need is a leader whoz not selfish.someone suggested dada to be a coach..lol..his presence in any team will bring the team down.Thanks for reading.time aayega jab dada shot marega aur ball ki jagah uska hath boundry par hoga.lol.You badly need rest DADA.time for u to say TATA.

  • Raja on April 14, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Mr Hughes, I pity you...Have you understand the KKR Team players...If Ganguly is not there, the team would like a some school cricket team...No other Indian players in that team are performing. Its not the mistake of captain. Its the mistake of owner who bought some third class players. Ajit agarkar, Ishanth sharma, Pujara, Saha, Tiwari, abdulla....what you can do with these people...See DC or CSK or RR or RCB....atleast 1 or 2 indians players are performing...You are just one among bunch of people who just love to hate ganguly...even if he scores 100, you will say ah! thats the bad 100 I have ever seen...thats his destiny, for everything he say he will be criticised. But remember you also put some effort to make him popular...lol.

  • Naveen dhanerwal on April 14, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    To Gaurav!

    Hey Gaurav, tell me who was the first to drop a catch that day? Ummm..I think it's Ganguly himself and in the very first over! Just think about Gayle opening with Macuulum! They could be like hell for the opponent but Ganguly kept using himself as an opener! There is a player called G Vighnesh who was damn good in ICL matches but isn't used here by Ganguly! His strike rate is just over 100, do you really consider it good for a T20 match? Parternering with gayle, Gayle hardly plays 10-12 balls in PP overs because of Ganguly's inability to rotate strike!

  • Vinay Kapoor on April 14, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    If u see top 03 most runs in IPL 3 before CSK DADA is one of them. You don't expect him 50 in every match not even Sachin. Cricket is the Team game and not win single hand but KKR win most from DADA Batting. What you expect from others guys he just take money and relax. They not shwing a matuarity in ground. I fail to understand who is Andrew Hughes to comment on DADA who scored 18000 run in tntl crkt? How much experience he is in cricket? Has he ever palyed cricket or always been on sidlines & taunting on others?

  • M Vijay on April 14, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Crick info shouldn't allow taking personal revenge..

  • Maya on April 14, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    A barking dog does not affect an elephants walk !

  • Arindam Sen on April 14, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    To hell with artless cricketers from Jharkhand, to hell with meek shy un-interesting self-centric liabilities of 20 years, to hell with spinners who can't spin the ball from karnataka, to hell with DADA's critics, and to hell with cricket as a whole. There are a few instances, only a counted few, when a sportsman overshadows the sport itself....Maradona did it in Soccer and Ganguly does it in Cricket....Hail DADA. May your critics burn in hell.

  • Gajen on April 14, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Ganguly is one of the best cricketers India ever produced. Please do not write this kind of rubbish articles against him...Thanks and may god bless you.

  • surly on April 14, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    He was once a decent player, but he's past it now. Time to retire.

    Someone said Dadi is "the best man on earth for ever"! The man is a cricketer, good batsman, poor fielder, arrogant teammate. Like some other cricketers. That's it! Some perspective please, this is a light-hearted article.

  • Rajiv on April 14, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Saurav has few positive qualities that he gives that space and time to young players and During his Captancy he has been instrumental in giving India few of best young players of its time. He is one of the best batsman against the spin in the world. Saurav is a good player a good batsman but he was never a captain material. In fact the attitude that he carries on and off the field is awful. Problem is not if a person is naturally aggressive and shows the aggression. Problem is with his Hippocratic attitude. Exposes his lack of self confidence and that is when he starts looking for a scape goat both on and off the field. When a new lad sees his captain without any confidence and facade of aggression he is bound to under-perform. Saurav with his low scoring rate should have gone down the batting Order and should have allowed McCullum to open. But Selfish attitude of Saurav has come in again and again. This is Just Poor Poor Captaincy and He has himself to blame.

    Poor SAURAV

  • murali on April 14, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Ganguly is a stupid sportsman.

    The way he spoke against his teammates was not frank, they were the words came out of his anger.. Discouraging wont let anyone up...

    One thing everyone should know, he became famous only because of master. Once sachin was famous, people who were jealous of him went after Ganguly to discourage Sachin. Thats y he became famous.

  • Hansraj on April 14, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Q. How to get maximum hits to your blog ?

    A. Abuse The One & Only DADA

  • Rahil on April 14, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    If i get hold of you then you will not wake up the next day for a article like this. Tell us what you achieved in oyur life so far.

    Did any of you think why Shane warne was not made the captain of Aus if he was so good. A captain is as good as his team.!

  • DR. PARTHA DE on April 14, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly is the best cricket captain India ever seen. He is the man who composed "team India". If you dont know ask Kumble,ask Habajan, ask Shewag,ask Sachin,ask Pathan.In IPL 3 his performance is best among KKR cricketers. What Ishant Sharma performed in IPL3 he should desrve a place in the team. What B. Maccualam is performing you have seen. Cris Gayle performed in one match only. How the team will if the batsman and bowlers perform in this manner? Hope KKR will do good in last two home matches.

  • raj on April 14, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    write whatever you want about the man, but remember he was the guy who made the indian boys into indian man, he wa the guy who showed the world that we are not afraid of anyone, so author just relax, rethink your article

  • nilesh on April 14, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    “You write like an imbecile. Sort yourself out. Do you expect me to write your articles for you? God, do I have to do everything around here? Of all the appalling writers on Cricinfo, you are the most awful. Now get out of my sight.”

    thats absolutely right! get out of my sight. add to that you sound like a 'wannabe'

  • paul on April 14, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    pathetic article. and shame on Cricinfo to publish such a blasphemy personal attack ful article in the name of humor!! page 2 had lost its taste long back, but now it tastes more and more bitter.

  • NEUTRAL on April 14, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    I dont understand why people are blaming S.Ganguly for KKR's defeat....I mean if captanicy was the problem then KKR should have defintely won the previous IPL(or atleast made it to the semis where the team was led BY Mccullum......This proves that it has nothing to do with captaincy or such,Its only the poor performance of KKR and why shouldn't DADA get angry.Every captain wants atleast one of his team players to play for the Indian national team and its sad that none of KKR players have made it to the national team.You guys mit say that he should have kept all these within the dreessing room but I feel thats what he has been doing for 3 years and there is no change in KKR's performance.So obviously he has to do something different and thats the reason he decided to go public....there is nuthin wrong in what he did.He defintely needs to try something that would stimulate KKR's performance and this is just one source.So hats off to Ganguly for what he did.

  • Dwaipayan Mukherjee on April 14, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Agreed, his strike rate is nothing to go gaga over. But we've all seen what happens to the team if he gets out early. When a person has to perform under so many constraints, he may lose his temper at times. It is very easy for writers like the one above to criticise someone while sitting in the comfort of one's couch and being impersonal. But when one is truly involved with the game, it may not be easy to accept one defeat after another due to the inadequacies of one's teammates. But then of course what better do we expect from someone who doesn't think that Don Bradman is probably the greatest cricketing icon. However, Mr. Hughes, fyi, I do not think that Mr. Neville Cardus would have doffed his cap at such a lowly piece of rubbish- this insult to the noble architecture of cricketing journalism which he cherished in his lifetime. Please give your icon a well deserved break. Do not make him turn in his grave. That is probably the least you can do, can't you?

  • Rax on April 14, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Dont blame luck each time;-)

  • RJ on April 14, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Well...I pity people who are still evaluating DADA's performance..guys He has already proven his capabilities..wt do u think y the world calls him India's best captain ever. Have you forgotten india's 2003 world cup campeign?? or Netwest Series in England.. DADA was always expressive. He is a legend. HE is the reason for a team which we have today. Harbhajan was banned by Punjaab cricket association for his bad behaviour just before 2001 test series. Dada fought for him to bring him in the team. And we all will agree that series made his carrer. Sehwag..dhoni..yuvraaj all are dada's findings.list is long..same thing he is doing today. pushing young players to perform..wts wrong in that??? People can write articles 100 more can comment on that but they should check their facts before writing anything about a person who made india proud number of times...N as far as IPL is concerned he is amongst 5 top run scorere got man of the match twice. so spare him...

  • oceanwave on April 14, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    time's up for dada..he should stop ranting off at his younger colleagues and look at his own performances..typical behaviour of any obsolete old man .

  • Jeya on April 14, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    "The very fact that writers like Mr. Hughes chose to key in this article on 14th April & NOT ON 11th (the day after Ganguly's outburst) is because people like him are perennially insecure & without confidence ..... reminds me of a certain animal whose name incidentally starts with an H ;-) They would rather wait & watch KKR fail in the next match (on 13th) & then come up with their daggers out against Ganguly. They WAIT because they never know if the retired player will again play a gem of an innings & get his team another victory ! had he written this article on 11th & KKR won on 13th, he would have had egg on his face (like, am sure, people like him had on several occasions before). So, he preferred to get his timing right, isn't it Mr. Hughes ? ;-)

    Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Perfect Arijit!!!

  • guatam on April 14, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    the last two lines said it all.. kudos man..

  • Eagles on April 14, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    You cannot just comment like this on a cricketer who is the most successful captin in indian Cricket history.The statistics speaks for him. In this year's IPL he is the most successful as a batsman from KKR, winning 2 man of the match awrds out of 5 which KKR won. All the other players in the team is their to perform and that is their job and they getting havily paid for that. Hence Gangully's comments on them is completely true.He cannot do their job for them.

  • Gaurav on April 14, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Well,i think u all anti gangulys r blind including the author....if u look at the past record then dada has given chances to these players even if they failed to perform..nw if they dont perform at crunch moments the outburst will be spontaneous...luck is not with kkr..in ipl 1,2 they lost near matches which they should have won it..in this edition too against punjab they scored 200 and the bowling let us down..murali kartick dropped two crucial catches in two matches which was the turning point..wriddhiman saha aftr appying all the strenghth still cannot clear the circle...unadkat agarkar dont have variations...ishant has become predictable...who will perform..even if ganguly is makin 50 out of 49 balls he is doing 4 the sake of team bcos down the order their are no responsible hitters..in the chennai match he was unlucky..aftrhussey and mccullum joind he is scorng runs fast...u r bound to criticise or get frustrated if ur players dnt take simple catches.or misfields....

  • Ska on April 14, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Under Ganguly, at least KKR are winning some matches unlike when Baz was captain. You can't call the opposition ORDINARY, you can't call your own team's performance PATHETIC ... what the heck is with - as Harsha B put it - Vanilla coated comments? I liked Gambhir and DADA before these stmts, now I love them two.

    You know Andrew, I wanted to end my comments there but - and you can choose to not publish this part - you don't deserve to be writing about Saurav. Peace.

  • Anwar on April 14, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    No cricketer on this earth has the courage to speak boldly on or to his players, selectors or even the owners as Sourav does. What is right will be be told. He is a true gentleman. and very truly except A. Mathews & Sourav no other players have shown any good cricket in KKR team, they should understand & need to perform more than what they can.

  • saba on April 14, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    hmm..even now an article on him gets the most number of comments..what will we do without him!

  • dada suxs on April 14, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    As A Captain You Should Always Try To Motivate Your Mates......What he did is totally wrong...look at warne's team...how he is motivating his team..after chennai's run feast against them when he left the field and he said to his players during the chase "r u ready to create history??" ...i don't really like comparing...its disappointing from the india's most sucessfull captain

  • Naveen on April 14, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    I'm a great supporter of Super Kings! but i had to feel for KKR, especially Ganguly. Its a uphill task for them from now on to make it to the Semis, but i really hope they still make it to Semis. KKR was a real ordinary side last year, but this year if KKR has improved a lot its only cozz of Dada's Leadership.

  • Abhayan on April 14, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    All you guys needs to calm down. This is just satire and I think its a good one, for once. And Ganguly is wrong to have criticized his own players especially when he himself is kinda out of form (I know you will dispute that). But what a captain needs to do is inspire his team to action, to win from positions that can't be won from not publicly flog players who are already beaten. This article does exactly what it should. Make you laugh at Ganguly's foolishness. It doesn't matter if he is the greatest player in the world. To criticize your own team as pathetic makes him the leader of pathetic. How sad, aye?

  • Erantha on April 14, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I do not see an issue with Ganguly's captaincy this time around. They lost on a couple of tight situations. They should look at the batting line up and have players in correct positions. May be they should have Mathews batting at 4 as he is a good accumulator and can explode when needed. Even trying him as a opener is a good experiment. Mathews has opened batting for Sri Lanka schools as its captain and the no 3 or 4 bat for his club and province.

  • Tharanga on April 14, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Im from sri lanka! I really like Ganguli because he say wat he want to say. not like other players who say 'No no my team perform well, and all' Kolkata== Ganguli No ganguli then no Kolkata i think other players should realize dat this is the time they should perform well. Ganguli can't take the team to semis alone.. others should help him too.. so in this im in gangulis side. way to go. Wish u all da best!!!

  • Aditya on April 14, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    First of all, i dont understand what is wrong with Saurav's comments! The way this article is written, a reader may think Saurav has scolded the West Indian team of 80's or Australia's of 2000's with these base words! The truth is Kolkatta did play pathetic cricket and going public with it may just be the right kick the youngsters need to play better! And Mr. Hughes, you have no right or status to comment on Ganguly's attitude or Personal life. My question is who are you to do it? Can you compare your cricketing records to The prince of Kolkatta? Btw, i dont mean tennis ball cricket!

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Im from sri lanka! I really like Ganguli because he say wat he want to say. not like other players who say 'No no my team perform well, and all' Kolkata== Ganguli No ganguli then no Kolkata i think other players should realize dat this is the time they should perform well. Ganguli can't take the team to semis alone.. others should help him too.. so in this im in gangulis side. way to go. Wish u all da best!!!

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    you Ganguly bash-ers: before you pen your anti-saurav remarks, please brush up your knowledge and understanding of the game and saurav's performance statistics both for India and IPL. I am sure once you do that good sense will prevail.

  • Kam on April 14, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Saurav is a big looser!!! His time is gone. He should leave plyaing now.

    A good leader would never criticise his subordinate in public even if it is quite obvious.

    A good leader may tell his team off in private but always defends them in public. Saurav shifted blame to his team in public and distanced himself from young players.

  • Rax on April 14, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    @Vinod : Who are you to decide 'Anybody is nobody' to comment on Saurav?

  • Dravind.Kumble.andLaxman.fan on April 14, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    @@@@ritadel Well said Ganguly is the most overated Captain....... Its because of Media lobbying..... this Guy always looks for himself first then others.... Dravid, Kumble and Laxman were the players who won many matches for India In tests..... this Dada just wants publicity.. Shame on You dada...... Shame....booooooooooooooooo

  • Rax on April 14, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Well said Ron and Asim.....

  • chandu on April 14, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    All the guys who are commenting the legend of indian cricket history just lost their presence of mind......mind u guys dada was the one who introduced full of aggresive and positive attitude in our india team..we can see it by yuvi/veeru/bajji and many more.... u guys cannot comment on sourav... please keep ur mouths shut up... i request cricinfo to take care of not allowing this type of criticisms on our legends...

  • Chaitanya on April 14, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    These Ganguly fans flaming the article are as pathetic as Ganguly himself. Can any of you even come close to the stellar quality of writing in this piece?

    And anyway, who cares about Ganguly's achievements from God knows how many years ago? How have those 18,000 runs contributed to KKR's cause in this (or any other) IPL? Quite frankly, Ganguly has been an embarassment both on and off the field, and he should have been sacked a long time ago. KKR will never amount to anything as long as Ganguly is allowed to continue with his divisive rubbish.

  • Kats on April 14, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Though this article not really meant in good taste in all but entirety, the only exceptions are being the sprinkling of praise here and there, that too maybe to sound diplomatic or neutral... Speaking of Dada, controversies apart, he is one of those entertainment personified with a Voice. And such comments from him are well and truly entitled given the performance of his team in all IPLs put together... Speaking of entertainment and sport, what better display of such flamboyance portray, than to attract one and all to take home with… Any day more acceptable than the frequent usage of ‘maximums’ or ‘kamaals’ or ‘blimps’ with the packaged commentators hamming hoarse citing contexts commercially every now and then

  • Animesh on April 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    In order to publicise the report Mr. Hughes took a sarcastic approach, I just wished these fake journalists / columnists some day realize the essence of true / spice free news and stop living a symbiotic life. If Ganguly hadn't spoken a single word nobody would haven known that Mr. Hughes rates Naville Cardus above Don Bradman, just like a right-thinking person, guess Mr. Hughes' rights are little wrong and wrongs are no doubt never 'left' him. Easy to criticize than ever trying things on own .. Mr Hughes only prefers the first option only to make a livelihood. Mr Hughes, you must thank Ganguly and other cricketers whole heartedly for giving you the option to earn and live (& offcourse criticize)

  • Pradeep on April 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Ganguly has been very vocal this year because his performance has been better. There is a definite aggression when he does well with the bat. But why does he get carried away because he has done well. That is what he is there for. Score runs. Don't think the world can be at your feet because you score a 50 or 60 of 49 or 59 balls. Losing your cool will not help in any which ways. Set right examples. There is a lot to learn from Sachin. He lets his bat speak more than his mouth. I know Saurav has a huge fan following but you need to be modest to admit if your hero is not doing what he is supposed to be doing. Anger will not help. I am a Saurav fan as well but can't take his over aggressive attitude off the field. If KKR does not qualify for the Semis, it will be the only team to have not qualified even once in the first three year of IPL. Sharukh is fast finding that his naughty looks and humble thoughts will not help KKR. Hardwork and discipline are the only way to make your way up.

  • Q8 James OZ on April 14, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Hats off to you Andrew. Every word befits Dada. Past is Past and no point dwelling on Dada's old record. Scoring 50 off close to 50 balls simply isn't 20-20 cricket standard.

    The best for KKR is to find new a captain (like Ricky Ponting or Shane Warne or even truly God-like Sachin Tendulkar)...who takes responsibility not only for himself but also for the entire team rather than put the blame on the team or individuals.

    If a team fails to win isn't because of always poor team/ individual performance but sometimes do comes down to motivating the team and lead them by example...like how Ricky, Warny, Sachin and all other responsible captains (like Border) does.

    So Dada making a meal out of KKR by blaming the team for losing is indeed truly arrogant from his side and demoralising for the team point of view.

    Finally, for all those Dada lovers...no offence but seriously time for Dada to move on. 20-20 isn't Dada's type of game. Better for the chap to sit at home and watch 20-20.

  • Vinod on April 14, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    "You can love him or hate him but not ignore him". Fantastically put!!!!!!!! I hate him for his character, but I like him for the very same reason. Dada is unique, born to amaze you and to live life, king size.

  • Pradeep on April 14, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Ganguly has been very vocal this year because his performance has been better. There is a definite aggression when he does well with the bat. But why does he get carried away because he has done well. That is what he is there for. Score runs. Don't think the world can be at your feet because you score a 50 or 60 of 49 or 59 balls. Losing your cool will not help in any which ways. Set right examples. There is a lot to learn from Sachin. He lets his bat speak more than his mouth. I know Saurav has a huge fan following but you need to be modest to admit if your hero is not doing what he is supposed to be doing. Anger will not help. I am a Saurav fan as well but can't take his over aggressive attitude off the field. If KKR does not qualify for the Semis, it will be the only team to have not qualified even once in the first three year of IPL. Sharukh is fast finding that his naughty looks and humble thoughts will not help KKR. Hardwork and discipline are the only way to make your way up.

  • Prakash on April 14, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Mr Hughes should probably try skipping a side like KKR before commenting with sarcasm on Sourav's agitated words.

    Has he ever seen Sourav bursting out while he skipped Indian team for 5 yrs? Does he think an Indian team could have even reached the Semis of a WC with how Sourav has been described in this piece of shabby article?

    He orchestrated the recovery and peaking of Indian cricket in 2000 while we were being termed as a soft team with no fighting spirit. He induced a new blood. But, Indian cricket and some nits like you have consistently taken him for granted.

  • Shiraz on April 14, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    The only team which didn’t reach semis yet….this is what happens when a single man thinks that he is above of all the team and tries to dominate. I don’t think removing ganguly from captaincy will work for KKR.. I feel it’s time for Ganguly to retire even from IPL …he shouldn’t wait for the time when he will be in team and not in playing 11 for the whole tournament…..he is a great player and shouldn’t lose his dignity gust for money…come on dada be brave enough to accept truth

  • Vinod on April 14, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    "Who r u to comment on a player who has scored more than 18000 international runs?"?????

    OMG. 'Anybody is nobody' to comment on Saurav!!! This is only a piece of 'satire & humour'. So pls .....and appreciate the writer please. It is absolutely impossible to think about Indian cricket history without those golden letters "Saurav Ganguly" and thats what Andrew Hughes also says here. If Saurav reads it he will definitely have a good laugh.

  • maskedmagician on April 14, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I don't agree with you at all, Andrew. Of course the man has his flaws and all, but then KKR really hasn't performed well this season at all! The Indian contingent really has to pull their performances up if KKR is to improve its performance in the last few matches. I mean, besides the foreign players and to an extent, Ganguly, nobody else looks like a deserving candidate in the team. He gives praise when it's due. Right now though, it's just a case where 5-6 of the team are good players and the rest are selected just to complete the quorum of 11 players. Pathetic...

  • Mohan. K on April 14, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Well well well!! Andrew sure has stirred up a hornet's nest. But come on fellas, when Gambhir spoke abt RR's, nobody came out with such passioned pleas for his ouster. I have admired your work Andrew, but i think this's taking things a little too far. A captain, criticising his own team in the media should'nt be such a major cause for his own crucifixion. Even against the CSK team, Ganguly was wrongly adjudged LBW to a ball going down the leg side. To all those who think Ganguly should be axed from captaincy, i ask just 1 thing, what was KKR's performance under McCullum's captaincy??? And Gayle's captaincy record for his national team's pathetic. Ganguly's a born leader, and maybe this was 1 of his methods to get his boys to perform. But i do accept the fact that Ganguly's strike rate is not phenomenal, and that's one aspect he has to work on, though his fielding has improved to great extents. Anyways, the judgements of us mere spectators cant be better than the players! Gudluck KKR!

  • ANON on April 14, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    this article smells of satire directed at the ribs of Ganguly......

  • Arijit on April 14, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    The very fact that writers like Mr. Hughes chose to key in this article on 14th April & NOT ON 11th (the day after Ganguly's outburst) is because people like him are perennially insecure & without confidence ..... reminds me of a certain animal whose name incidentally starts with an H ;-) They would rather wait & watch KKR fail in the next match (on 13th) & then come up with their daggers out against Ganguly. They WAIT because they never know if the retired player will again play a gem of an innings & get his team another victory ! had he written this article on 11th & KKR won on 13th, he would have had egg on his face (like, am sure, people like him had on several occasions before). So, he preferred to get his timing right, isn't it Mr. Hughes ? ;-) People like Hughes derive their 15 mins of fame by makig fun of people whom they can never emulate ... not even in their wildest dreams. I feel pity for such losers & also feel ashamed to see a reputed crkt portal hosting such rubbish

  • Aniruddha on April 14, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Let us stop all this debate. We all know that we ourselves appreciated DADA in his golden glorious days. The joy he gave, the spirit he showed, the open depiction of emotions (Lords / Flintoff / Shirt wave) et al. We also have ourselves criticized his temper flares / purported selfishness, at times. After all let us appreciate Ganguly for what he is. I feel that deep within, we have all loved him at some point of time. Coming to Andrew, he has entertained us in the past with grr8 articles. However, he has touched a emotional cord of a few of us. Let Andrew beware!!!! Imagine Andrew writing same article abt Sacin Tendulkar, can he dare do it at present? ANDREW Beware, we all love you but for this article. You need to seriously apologize to the aggrieved. BUT ABOVE ALL LET THIS MATTER BE GIVEN A REST

  • Asim on April 14, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    well said, unfortunately the old furniture of Indian Cricket is the only piece that KKR took in the auction, now they are stuck with it, can someone please buy it off!!

  • parth on April 14, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    u r Pathetic Mr RON n DADA is not pathetic at all.....He is the king of comebacks and true sportsman n has nothing to prove to a person like u.....u looser.......

  • Andy on April 14, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    This is more pathetic than KKr's performance...

  • Mohammed on April 14, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    All you Bong guys speaking for Ganguly; please keep your regional feelings aside and think what he is doing now in this season of IPL3. They have got the best coaches in the form of Whatmore & Waseem; but coach cant come and play for you. Its the captain who motivates players and players who listen to him and play for him and the team.When the team spirit is lacking; God save KKR. They are going to be worse in the next season; if Ganguly remains the captain. Its high time ShahRukh realises this and gets another true leader..Bye bye Dada!! :)

  • Devesh on April 14, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Wen elephant walks...dogs bark

    No matter how much u criticise d legend who is trying to do all for kkr single handedly.....True cricket fans always know his value

    No matter wat shit BCCI,Captainji of current team, More, Chapel ,Bhookha naan, and now so called commentrators, and even umpires like Hazare do against him......He will always remain a star.....U know why????

    Coz even God is fan of Dada......and once God is wid him.....shitty bashers cant bring him down

  • Ron on April 14, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I do not understand what kind of leader Saurav is? When you have got talent and when every team player is performing well it is a piece of cake to lead a team. The real test comes when people are underperforming and demotivated. This is when the leader should step up and show the way. What is this guy trying to do by letting the team mates down in front of the press? Such a stupid act just demotivates the team. I was damn sure that KKR shall be on the losing side after I came to know about the press incidence. I often wonder, is Saurav trying to hide his fallacies by blaming his team mates? Pathetic leadership I must say.

  • Amit on April 14, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    first of let me understand that who is this Andrew Hughes ???Opps..sorry sorry..he might be the greatest cricket pandint.With all due respect to Andrew Hughes, can anyone tell me that when this person have played his International cricket match..sorry domestic cricket match??Sir,i am sorry to ask you about your nationality.Please stop writing about someone who played internation cricket matches more than your imagination.I am not saying that sourav ganguly is the greates batsman or captain in the world, but he understand cricket more than you and me.we all are human with different approaches.Some people choose to keep quite ,some goes against them,what ganguly always does because he is not 'yes'man.Everymatch you can not expect him to score 80 in IPL and that doesn't mean he can not comment on poor player those don't even care about the result only care about money and think themself as big cricketer.

  • shyam on April 14, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Ganguly is the prime reason for this downfall. If he allowed Mc callum to open with Gayle things would have been different . He is bloody selfish.

    His strike rate is below average for a t20 opening batsman. The dot balls he faced was more than any other batsmen. This put a lot of pressure on Gayle which prompted him to go crazy which we can clearly see from the way he was dismissed on numerous occasions.

    More than that his verbal spatting with co players on the field is very bad. Poor SRK . I sorry for him.

  • Rajiv on April 14, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    you may put ganguly as captain or mccullum or even Gayle....KKR will be way below par until SRK remains one of the bosses.... hard luck SRK. Unfortunately cricket is not a bollywood where u can throw yr charm

  • roy on April 14, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    @ Cricinfo,please refrain from publishing such biased articles..and MrHughes,seems you tried your best at sarcasm and rediculing Ganguly..let me tell you this,you(and a lot others..all they can do is criticise) are not half the man and fighter that this guy is...get your facts done straight first before throwing out your garbages all over the place..why don't you come and be the coach of KKR yourself and se how easy the task can be before criticising others??Probably you poms still can't digest the fact that this guy made you eat dust at Lords and waved the indian jersey bare chested

  • Parin on April 14, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Mark my words....Ganguly & SRK can't remain in the same team from now on. One on them will have to leave, for the other to stay.

  • FallsDown on April 14, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Hahahaha! Good stuff. I can just see the Ganguly fans crawling out of the woodwork and let the insults fly at the author after reading this.

    By the way Andrew, did you know Danny Morrison actually said 'Take that Andrew Hughes' on air during one of the IPL games? I'm serious. He did his American gameshow-host impression when someone hit a six and then followed it up with that statement. Don't remember which game this was but it's been atleast a couple of weeks now. Anyway, keep up the good work. Cheers.

  • pravin on April 14, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Hi all friends... see one think.. IPL is funny & money game... Dont talk or write about gud senior indian players here... we should proud of ganguly,sachi,dravid,kumble,laxmanan,shawag. Junior players should be proper respect to senior playes like above. Dhoni & co is nt give a proper respect to them... dhoni is winning captian nw but it will change one day... please simple command on gud players.. we r indians.. dont divide india by the name of states... i luv ganguly ,sachin & ahzardin

  • lol so pathetic on April 14, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    you guys who're criticizing ganguly are pathetic human beings who would do the world a favor if you killed yourself. ganguly hasn't been playing well this IPL yet he has still been KKRs most impressive batsman, which is really just as pathetic as he said. the things he said were completely justified given just how badly his teammates have been performing.

    was still a good, funny article. just because i personally admire sourav ganguly (mostly because of the way in which he made his comeback to the indian team) doesn't mean that i don't or shouldn't appreciate humor regarding him.

  • micheal on April 14, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    What the hell!!!! i understand this article is supposed to be sarcastic..but this is way too much. question yourself Andrew, what do you have to question a legend like Sourav? He is the captain of KKR and he has every right to comment on his team mates. The line "selectors are watching, world is watching" says it all. He wants these boys to fire and create carrier for themselves. BY FAR he is the performer for KKR this season, how can you ridicule him? Please give some respect to this LEGEND

  • Gangulys Biggest Fan on April 14, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Whats the whole purpose of your article, I dont get it, whats are you trying to achieve, what's your aim? Do you even know how to write?

    You are Pathetic Andrew!!

    Dada Rulezzzz!!

  • Karthik on April 14, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Mr.Hughes, your article would never have invited so many comments if it was on anyone else in world cricket. Hope that clears the air about the man. Sadly he is past his prime unlike Sachin or Dravid.

  • bunty on April 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    first of who is this Andrew Hughes to comment on DADA? How much experience he is in cricket? Has he ever palyed cricket or always been on sidlines & taunting on others?

  • Raghu on April 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    The IPL is anyways a drama, not to be taken seriously. So it not unatural that there is outburts of emotions, mudslinging and the slime. Why shoudn't such things take place when there is a potent mix of insane amount of money, women on field and off field, late night drinking parties and fashion shows for players after every game etc. In fact, the organisers and the franchise owners are leading the pack with their behaviour. So why single out Ganguly?!! He is doing his bit to make the drama successful. The only thing that remains to be known is whether like dramas, IPL matches are decided beforehand or not.

  • HaRy on April 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Mate, sarcasm alrite... but truly every other team has some Indian player performing, after spending 950,000$ on Ishant all he can perform is 45 runs wicketless in 4 overs, who will help him then? You? well only they or GOD!... so its only fair he speak and bring the fear instead of the wealth they see in IPL! DADA is truly the sincere felon he is! Stop such satire language!

  • Vishal on April 14, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I think Mr Hughes is someone who could do nothing good for himself and he would have loved to become "Dada"..but i am sorry Mr Hughes...you need to have guts and self belief to be atleast 1% of "Dada"..Are you Australian Mr Hughes??

  • cutzaph on April 14, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    shame on CRICINFO

  • raghu on April 14, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    Dada was never known for his good manners. His outburst springs more from his frustration over the success of Sachin. All through his career he has paled in comparison to Sachin and the rise & further rise of Sachin must be hurting him more.

    He should retire gracefully and run his restaurant. I am sure this he can do better. Sachin's restaurant has already closed.

  • vithu on April 14, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    This is one of the better articles i've come across lately in page 2, n all u guyz r bashin up poor andrew..

    this whole worship-thy-hero thing is utter madness.. y'du guyz get this offended for somethin so silly.. i mean, its a page-2 article after all! y the hell take it seriously? if it aint funny to u, get out n read somethin else.. comeback for the next piece.. whats with this criticising the author?

    n its not like therez anythin clearly WRONG in what was said, i mean, dada was a gr8 indian player, very prolific odi opener for india for yrs in the odis, god of off side, the crown prince, fantastic captain, etc etc.. n he may hav brought mostf our current bunch of players, but he didnt do that by PUBLICLY criticising them whenever they failed! i'm not sayin he didnt hav a point - the indian contigent has alwayz been v.ordinary for kkr - n he defnly has a right.. but NO, he ain't doing any GOOD for those players by sayin so in PUBLIC! That's the only prob!

  • nashdwaj on April 14, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Ganguly has talent deficit especially the dometic players and there is no doubt about it. Just answer, how many players from KKR selected to World T20 for India...before you scratch your brains..the anwer is None. Just answer, how many players have played for India from Kolkatta other than Ganguly, ...answer is None (forget the goof up selection of Saha for one off test). Considering all this, they have done well, that too before the arrival of Gayle and Mccullum may be the answer lies there. What did the Internationals do against CSK,,,nothing. Ganguly is an exception leader. His methods are sometimes devious and he himself is a slacker sometimes. But he plays with a lot of fire in his belly. He himself won couple of man of matches awards in their 5 wins... Those who think Ganguly should be removed just do not know what they are talking about. They do not understand Kolkatta and what Dada means to Kolkatta. KKR needs Ganguly and not vice versa. Just fanthom that!

  • Robin on April 14, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Very funny article. I like the sarcasm in regards to Ganguly's behavior.

  • mangal on April 14, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    the peoples who r criticising dada should not forget he has his own way of leadership,making mountain of mole this media people should avoid,i think the problem is exagrravated by media,it happens when u have very bad players those who donot perform for the team should be handle in such a way,and also dada has not lost his charm,otherwise u were not criticising him,he is no3,in country like india wher both fans and media immature try to highlight simple things to complicated,its time for media toawake and do his duty and not to indulge in unnecessary activity.

  • Sriram on April 14, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Ridiculous article...its like you have something to say against saurav and you have chosen cricinfo for this as cricinfo is against saurav right from the begininng... Cricinfo said saurav can't make a comeback...he did and was the 2nd highest test scorer.. Cricinfo said saurav cant perform in 20-20, he did and won 2 man of the match awards... SO next time you think of opening your sick mouth you better think of the consequences..I dare you..after all you can only write and not perform on the field...no matter what, ganguly will always be a man to speak from his heart...

  • Gopi on April 14, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    @Andrew Hughes - I have never seen a pathetic article like this. God help you.........

  • deepthi on April 14, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Your article is no less than the fault (as you feel) that DADA has made. Try to motivate with your articles rather than criticising. It may be that you are a popular writer but you should not hurt other's emotions.

  • ankur on April 14, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Mr.Dada must remember he is now not with the Indian cricket team which has the best batsmen and decent bowlers.......

    Dada must have known that his "best-captain" tag is largely due to his former team-mates then his own exploits as a player and captain...

    Here in KKR he needs to more of elder bro and friend rather than Lord.Almighty,considering his own performance.

  • EG on April 14, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Always surprised at the love and respect he commands from the Indian public. I'm not sure anyone in the rest of the world has the same feelings though. Not a great batsmen, fielder or captain, though the plaudits keep coming!? Personally I don't care much for his play or his aloof personality.

  • Ganesh Vaideeswaran on April 14, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Its the Joke of the 21st Century. Nothing can beat this guys. Sourav telling the Press : I can't play for everybody, I can't field for everybody. Wow, I almost fell of my chair when I read this. Never did I imagine that Dada would have such a great sense of humour. To ridicule others is one thing but to ridicule oneself does require tons and tons of guts guys and our man is the best.

    Can anyone imagine Sourav fielding for himself leave alone fielding for others ? Its a matter of great surprise that he still does not realize that he is a BIG LIABILITY to the KKRs and that he would be doing a greater service to that team if he decides to step down and stay away. Using the Power Play I guess he must have the worst strike rate amongst all openers. Is it not easy to score runs at run a ball in T20 - in Boycott language even my Mom would do that.....

    Dada we respect you lot for your past deeds but don't let your present spoil your glorious past. Wake Up and bid goodbye.

  • kallol paul on April 14, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    You are an IDIOT Mr. Andrew Hughes. How dare you to comment on Sourav Ganguly? I have nothing to say more than it.

  • CricFollower on April 14, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Guys have been writing about others in KKR not performing. Could you answer how many chances they have got to perform? Is saurav coming in before McCullum justified? He is again upto the selfish thing that he has (unfortunately) been known for the last few years.

    Just look at Rahul Dravid, the approach to cricket, on and off the field. Blemishless!

  • Mr Pink on April 14, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    I find it highly amusing how rabid most of the Ganguly die-hard fans are. Some can't take any criticism of him. Thank god he isn't a politician (yet).

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    who are u to comment on him

    you just get a life dude

  • Swami on April 14, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Well Andrew, May be you have no idea about the game and Dada.....Ganguly is responsible for bringing up some of leading cricketer of India today to center stage by providing then sufficient opportunities....If Sourav is saying god help their career, it was purely unselfish comment. Dada is retired from international cricket, but many in his team havent even had a debut. Btw Dada is never talks sarcastic, his criticism were honest, unselfish. @ prathish if Jose Marino was the coach, he would have sent all those cricketers home....Jose is a result oriented Manager and takes non nonsense performance.....

  • vinita on April 14, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    u cant blame ganguly for publicly lashing out at his team... they do not have the fire to perform and are continously letting him down... there is only so much that he can do for them and its true, he cant perform for all of them ... they are totally dependent on him and so he has every right to give them a piece of his mind albeit publicly. there would be 100's of cricketers out there desperate to furnish Indian cricket history ... at least ganguly happens to be an indispensable piece of furniture

  • as on April 14, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    get rid of dada (along with 1 or 2 more) and ull c the fortunes of the team change

  • cute98 on April 14, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    This is what people do to become famous. Attack the one who's vulnurable, famous and has got equal number of foes as fans. That was its well done. Otherwise, the article lacks any contens, is incredibly stupid in making assumptions and just plays around with words. If not, would you kindly tell me what the article is about? I really don't think Sourav Ganguly has got anything to prove to this (whats your name again?) writer. Nope. He has gone it gloriously with the bat and as a captain of the national side. He has proves more than once that he's a self motivated man who alwas rose to new heights when others wrote him off. Do you know that, sometimes, (yes sometimes), your ego surges up and makes u do things that you yourself thought is 'undoable', when you are ridiculed and mocked? Thats a tactic that works when all other known ones fail. Possible? I think so. Anyway, I guess this article at least helped u earn ur bucks at Saurav's expense. Happy we all are

  • Nagendra Prasad on April 14, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Who are you to write non-sense about a Legend...

    Just remember a team without DADA.. its a mere fun... and i dunno how cricinfo allows blogs like dis... shame on u cricinfo...

  • AYUSH AGARWAL on April 14, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    ganguly ,dada the name is enough for everything.dont write this type of dirty articles on dada.u dnt have any manners to say anything to dada.dada always do correct what ever he doy .someone said he made 50 from 49 ,how can u forget the inning of 88 frm 48.keep u r mouth shut.just feel what u r saying abt ganguly .he is prince of kolkatta ,nt only kol,he is the best man on earth for ever .all keep u r mouth shut and see dada is the best........

  • Aditya on April 14, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Leading a bunch of misfits could always cause tempers to flare up. Apart from Saurav, (and maybe Murali to a certain extent), show me one player who has performed consistently this season, for the Knights.

    For some reason, the media is always quick to try and rip the man into shreds. A rickety old piece of furniture indeed!! Where were you and your sick eulogies when Ganguly transformed the then wayward and lack-lustured team and laid the foundation for the path to the top berth that they sit on today?

    Shame on you Andrew, for this piece of work. You had an admirer in me all these days, but not anymore!!..

  • Poor Article on April 14, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    This is what people do to become famous. Attack the one who's vulnurable, famous and has got equal number of foes as fans. That was its well done. Otherwise, the article lacks any contens, is incredibly stupid in making assumptions and just plays around with words. If not, would you kindly tell me what the article is about? I really don't think Sourav Ganguly has got anything to prove to this (whats your name again?) writer. Nope. He has gone it gloriously with the bat and as a captain of the national side. He has proves more than once that he's a self motivated man who alwas rose to new heights when others wrote him off. Do you know that, sometimes, (yes sometimes), your ego surges up and makes u do things that you yourself thought is 'undoable', when you are ridiculed and mocked? Thats a tactic that works when all other known ones fail. Possible? I think so. Anyway, I guess this article at least helped u earn ur bucks at Saurav's expense. Happy we all are!

  • Ron on April 14, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Saurav is pathetic...I think the best thing to happen for KKR is to sack him at first place..He brings all negative energy into the team..Just worshiping him coz of his past deeds is foolishness..He is has lost the charm for sure!

  • abhinav on April 14, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    well mate,whatever you said is to some extent correct in present context but you must confess that dada has been the most successful captain of india till date n it was under his captaincy when india started winning matches abroad he also has been one of the best batsmen produced by india acc to me only tendulkar,gavaskar,dravid,sehwag and laxman are above him in tests and in odis only sachin so you must have to have little restraint when talking about such a great cricketer and captain. whatever he has said about local bench of kkr is very correct as no one has performed till date barring murali karthik and to some extent manish tiwary ishant has been a total flop since ipl-1 and realy these players need to look at themselves.

  • CricFollower on April 14, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Well said Mate! Saurav is over the moon on his own ever since his decline began. I was a great admirer of his strokeplay and leadership till 4 years ago. Every gem's downfall can happen - we are all human. But, what differentiates the modiocre from the excellece is when one take the situation in their stride and understands the right thing to do (in his sense, gracefully quitting which he never did even in the national team and got thrown out unceremoniously).

    He plays 75% of the balls in the initial overs and does not rotate the strike, guess looks to make his own numbers only! Sad but true!

    ShahRukh is in a fix with owning the Kolkata team. Saurav is a demi-god there, and anything against their man will just create waves of protests. I can't imagine this happening to the Baadshah of Bollywood, just as Greg Chappel had to go through... Feel sorry for SRK! and ofcourse for the others in the KKR team.

  • Soumitra Banerjee on April 14, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    @ South African cricket fan........... For the last 3 IPL's a team has been going down tamely finishing second last/ last and probably second last again. What would you expect Ganguly to say...well done...and a pat on the back...!! Atleast Rajasthan Royal players won one IPL (Inaugural one)...Shane Warne have some thing to console himself...Of a total of 16 players, 3 players have won man-of-the-match...Ganguly (2), Manoj (2) and once for Angelo Mathews...What are the other players doing???

    For all those guys.... Ganguly also said that when he was the Indian captain he had serious talent to look after referring to the likes of Yuvraj/Sehwag/Harbhajan. Where is the talent in the KKR team given several opportunities to the youngsters time and again. As far as the international players are concerned they are behaving like they have come to india for a Barbeque summer holiday. Finish off the match and let's go to the barbeque party!!

  • Shan on April 14, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Its time for him to go...... Need a new young leader for KKR. Dada is dada. But its time for him to leave. He never looked comfortable leading the side...

  • Varun on April 14, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    i loved the cantankerous yorkshireman comparison..and the furniture..brilliant!! as an 'anti-gangulyite' myself i did puff myself 'up in mock outrage at Sourav’s little cri de coeur '..oh yes..we will surely miss this great character once (if) he retires..

  • Bulb on April 14, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Very good article... describes ganguly as it should

  • Nishad on April 14, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Sure Ganguly made the blunder of voicing his frustration to the media by blaming his boys in KKR for their pathetic performance. He should instead have had it in the dressing room. That probably would have changed the mindset of some of the local boys of KKR. But bcoz of his outburst it made a negative impact and on the players and see what happened against CSK in the very next game. KKR always had problems right from the first IPL. My suggestion is Ganguly should step out as a player/captain and rather take the role of a coach for KKR. He was the best captain of India and he took the role of a captain when India was in dire straits. He was extremely successful compared to his predecessors. He would certainly be successful as a coach and KKR is the right team for him just because the Kolkata people adore him a lot. His methods too would be far better than Ian Chappel and certainly will show in the next IPL if he chooses his new role. SRK are you reading this!

  • ritadel on April 14, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    he is a disputed personality & will remain. leader blody hell. he does not qualify for any leadership quality. selfish (me first,then rest), If success comes it is because of me if taste failure bacause of others. Is this is called leadership. By doing chon chon , you can confuse few people but not all . just think after IPL fake player who has benefitted & what? Dear sharookh sack this so called DADA if you want peace of mind

  • deepak sharma on April 14, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Let me tell you that SAURAV days are over. HE HAS PLAYED HIS CRICKET.Better let me take rest and run some business. He forgets that he is the one who missed the catch in the same match and foolish man saying that I cat field for others.I feel KKR needs some fresh blood.Agarkar/Saurav/Many others need departure.

  • Chandra on April 14, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    these days- if you have a computer and a keyboard-can write about anyone and anything. Who is this Hughes?Dude,do you know who is Ganguly and how he transformed Indian Cricket and how committed he's to his team- he may not be a Sachin- but sometimes ordinary people make more impact than gifted players. he's not a captain, but a leader. Don't ever try to ridicule Ganguly. We know what he's and what he has achieved.

  • AMUL on April 14, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    POOR DADA FANS ..they support whatever he does..scoring 18000 dosent mean losing dignity.. dada is a liablity 2 kkr, a team spoiler bcz of his tantrum.. if KKR players have self respect (specially domestic players) they should find some other team.. a good and supporting leader is what needs in team sport..not the one who crafts his pathetic performance to blame team.. go dada.. make way.. SRT never blamed anyone in hia entire career..not dropped pollard n see that paid

  • Chandrakant on April 14, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    What a non-sense! Shame on cricinfo to allow any stupid write to comment on Indian cricket legend. India is full of sentiments and we should better respect that. We all know what DADA has done for Indian Cricket, he has produced players like Yuvi, Veeru and bhaj, and they all respect him a lot. I am sorry to say mr.writer, you guys will always praise the foreign players and will always try to criticize Indians, may be because of the J factor :-P

  • udhay on April 14, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    stupid article, Ganguly is the captain of KKR, he has every right to criticize his players (no one complains when he says the team played well). Mind you, he desparately wants this players to do well, show case their talent....SEE THE GUD INTENTION BEHIND HIS WORDS,

  • IceCool on April 14, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    well such is the stature of DADA, that such an article gets so much response... just write a sentence about DADA, and you find people commenting on it... surely, u just cant ignore DADA... well any captain with such performance of his players would have done the same, warne or dhoni, its just all about winning... DADA is not the person to take defeats and keep quiet just to be goody guy...

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    my dear friend..............dada has the guts to call a spade a spade............here those who r speakin against dada.....would u plz mention even a single cricketer of indian contingent in kkr who has performed in ipl.......let alone manoj tiwari and he scores a duck every 2nd innings........out of the 5 matches won dada is man of the match in 2 so he has won 40% of matches.....what r the other indians doing....his words reflected the true state of indian players...............dats daring attitude mada dada what hez now

  • utkarsh on April 14, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    That was lame on your part.In fact this is hypocrisy in its finest form.Gambhir speaks his mind about rr and everyone is all praise for him.Dada does the same and wat do we get.This lame excuse of a satire.Tell you wat,kkr is the only team without a player in national squad.That should tell you something.But hats off to you for being so lame unfunny and pointless in one article.

  • Ram on April 14, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Awww, dont say that Andrew we like ur articles and all .....

  • Chandu on April 14, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    I guess author took his revenge with this wonderful(self-justified) article. But I dont understand why cricinfo is providing space on their website for personal conflicts.

    Ganguly is a wonderful guy in Indian cricket and he is the most straight forward and frank person. No other cricketer has enough dare to speak. I dont know if Andrew Hughes (definetly not Indian) knows anything about indian cricket or not? may be for that matter world cricket?

    But sir, if you keep on writing your own stories, may be one day you will get same response from cricinfo website owners as well which you already received from DADA on April 14th. Enjoy writing.

  • Shamshad Jafri on April 14, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    KKR will not do anything better until You remove Sourav Ganguly as captain.

  • vaish on April 14, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    marry me DADA....i love you...hummAah

  • Vishal Khanna on April 14, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Hughes this will give you publicity. India is cricket loving country and Ganguly is its proud.

  • NT on April 14, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    The line seems more apt for the most cunning of them - Dravid "an awkwardly constructed and slightly rickety side table with angular edges on which people regularly bruise themselves". Unless of course you are Chappel or Hughes.

  • Aditya on April 14, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    I totally agree with the April 14th entry of Ganguly's self help book. Andrew Hughes' writing about Saurav Ganguly here is meant to be "sarcastic/satirical" but fails to be a good read because Saurav's performances in this IPL has mostly been very good. He has been consistent and has won matches with his batting. KKR owes a lot to Saurav Ganguly for their performance this season.

  • Alex on April 14, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Hear, hear. What will happen next year in the auction for IPL4? Will SRK want to persist with 38 yo has-been for another 3 years of poor leadership and backing-away-to-leg-against-quick-bowling for 'Dada'?

  • Sree on April 14, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    Awesome!

  • Srikanth on April 14, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    My guess is Ganguly has authored the words for Apr 14 very well. Well orchestrated Sourav. keep that work floing....

  • Zeeshan Malik on April 14, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Brilliant...!

  • krishna on April 14, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    He was trying to help the youngsters asking them to up there game . KKR is the only team where the youngsters did not prove them selves . He was trying to inspire them atleast by his harsh words .

  • Wicus on April 14, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Being a loyal SA cricket supporter, I do not like Shane Warne simply because he is an Aussie cricketer. However, I believe he is an extrodinary captain and leader. He is always motivating his player on and off the field. He is very quick to encourage and praise. Even in a situation where there was a misfield, drop catch, bad delivery etc, he would always continue to encourage and back hid players. To publicly insult your own team, like Ganguly, will never work. Their even poorer performance vs CSK proved that beyond reasonable doubt. The IPL is for cricketers who love the game (and maybe also the money). Their loyalty is towards their respective Countries and not their IPL team, that might change anyway from year to year. Had I been part of the KKR team, I would surely find myself another team and captain, Heck, I might even go with Shane Warne!

  • parinay on April 14, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    "He is part of the furniture of Indian cricket, an awkwardly constructed and slightly rickety side table with angular edges on which people regularly bruise themselves. The place would feel a little empty without him."

    GOLD!

  • Mahesh on April 14, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Excellent Article.

  • spinoza on April 14, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    enjoyed

  • Pratish Ray on April 14, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Dammit!! One of the best i've read so far! I think Jose Mourinho should coach KKR! "maybe ganguly shuts up" :P

  • crickfan on April 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Not so funny Mr.Hughes.

  • Swastik on April 14, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Really awesum article dude. Nice use of sattire. As oft said charity begins at home, ganguly has to set his own performances in order before publicly rebuking his own team. surely hitting consecutive fifties in ipl is not a big feat considering that even a tailender who may have never batted for more than 5 overs in any format scores way faster, runs much faster and behaves more sportsmanlike than Dada. What is the use of 50 runs scored from 49 odd balls in T20 dat too being an opener and getting the luxury of playing through the powerplay? remember this IPL dada has got the lowest strikerate than any proper batsman or allrounder, may be after deVilliers. Dada was an exceptional captain, may be first of the aggressive kind 4 india, a wonderful classy ODI batsman in the 90s and early 2000s. But theres no point in dwelling in the glories of the past. Its perform or perish. And as far as public critcism of ones own team is concerned, the result of the match against CSK is known to all.

  • Mal C on April 14, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    I understand the article is meant to be "sarcastic" but , Have you ever met the man?

    I mean, ist like me writing an article on Andrew Hughes when I have never even seen in the flesh. Would be a tad odd, wouldnt it lad?

  • Anand on April 14, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    LOL..But I do feel sorry for the man..The Kolkata guys just don't have the fire in the belly to perform..

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Brilliant, the last sentence about describing him as a part of furniture of Indian Cricket we can't live without....lol! totally nailed it!

  • Raju on April 14, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    DADA is the best in the world at what he does... KKR-DADA=Pathetic.. thats what he said...and it is so true he isnt afraid to say anythin...dats wat makes him different and unique. U can love him or hate him,but u cant just ignore him can u? DADA rocks love yu always.........

  • Atanu Mitra on April 14, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Who r u to comment on a player who has scored more than 18000 international runs?

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  • Atanu Mitra on April 14, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Who r u to comment on a player who has scored more than 18000 international runs?

  • Raju on April 14, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    DADA is the best in the world at what he does... KKR-DADA=Pathetic.. thats what he said...and it is so true he isnt afraid to say anythin...dats wat makes him different and unique. U can love him or hate him,but u cant just ignore him can u? DADA rocks love yu always.........

  • Anonymous on April 14, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Brilliant, the last sentence about describing him as a part of furniture of Indian Cricket we can't live without....lol! totally nailed it!

  • Anand on April 14, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    LOL..But I do feel sorry for the man..The Kolkata guys just don't have the fire in the belly to perform..

  • Mal C on April 14, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    I understand the article is meant to be "sarcastic" but , Have you ever met the man?

    I mean, ist like me writing an article on Andrew Hughes when I have never even seen in the flesh. Would be a tad odd, wouldnt it lad?

  • Swastik on April 14, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Really awesum article dude. Nice use of sattire. As oft said charity begins at home, ganguly has to set his own performances in order before publicly rebuking his own team. surely hitting consecutive fifties in ipl is not a big feat considering that even a tailender who may have never batted for more than 5 overs in any format scores way faster, runs much faster and behaves more sportsmanlike than Dada. What is the use of 50 runs scored from 49 odd balls in T20 dat too being an opener and getting the luxury of playing through the powerplay? remember this IPL dada has got the lowest strikerate than any proper batsman or allrounder, may be after deVilliers. Dada was an exceptional captain, may be first of the aggressive kind 4 india, a wonderful classy ODI batsman in the 90s and early 2000s. But theres no point in dwelling in the glories of the past. Its perform or perish. And as far as public critcism of ones own team is concerned, the result of the match against CSK is known to all.

  • crickfan on April 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Not so funny Mr.Hughes.

  • Pratish Ray on April 14, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Dammit!! One of the best i've read so far! I think Jose Mourinho should coach KKR! "maybe ganguly shuts up" :P

  • spinoza on April 14, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    enjoyed

  • Mahesh on April 14, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Excellent Article.