Has cricket left Ganguly?
In ongoing season of the IPL, Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly has shown some signs of form, but they have been, according to Gaurav Kalra, like a little peek of sunlight on a miserable overcast day. For the better part, Ganguly has been what we never imagined he could be: ugly, ungainly, listless. What then is it that cajoles him to keep returning to the IPL? More from cricketnext.com.
I suspect for Ganguly the IPL provides a stage. The ideal platform to relish the thrill of competing again. To be at the centre of a contest and emerge victorious at the end of it. Perhaps in a hidden corner of that restless mind a regret gnaws away. Did he call time too early on his international career? Could he, like his great compatriot Rahul Dravid, have endured the stumbling blocks and played a few more years? Could he like VVS Laxman not have ignored the cynics and stubbornly soldiered on? Hasn't the spot vacated by him struggled to find a worthy occupant? I am only guessing here, but could it be that the IPL is Ganguly's last straw to clutch at after an unfulfilled international career. A career that, in his mind, had possibly another wind left?
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo