Indian domestic news November 29, 2010

Ganguly to play Ranji Trophy to prepare for IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is set to play in the Ranji Trophy for his state side Bengal, in a bid to attain top form and fitness ahead of IPL 2011. He will turn out in the match against Tamil Nadu that begins in Chennai on December 1.

"Even last year I played Ranji Trophy mainly to stay match-fit for the IPL," Ganguly told ESPNcricinfo. "This year again I want to keep myself in form for the IPL."

Ganguly retired from the international game in 2008, but continued to make sporadic appearances in the first-class scene, in addition to being an integral part of Kolkata Knight Riders' plans in the IPL. He said he would decide how many games he would play this first-class season based on Bengal's position going forward.

Going into the fifth round of the league phase, Bengal are fifth out of the eight teams in Group A. Ganguly's return will bolster the team that is likely to be without a few of its first-choice players for the potentially tough match against Tamil Nadu. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will be unavailable since he is away on India duty, while reserve keeper Shreevats Goswami is down with viral fever.

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  • RAJAT on December 2, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    @Thhhhilak Rajah- why make these degrading comments? I do not agree with your comments of Ganguly not having any class. Do you understand cricket?

    And also what's the big fuss about Ganguly playing Ranji? It may help Bengal to gain some extra points!

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    @Thilak Rajah : kindly check the number of runs this man has scored before coming up with such " Intelligent " statements.Tthe problem is that we have too many people watching cricket who dont understand the game..A player who has scored over 11K runs in ODI and taken 100 wickets cannot be a bad player..He was the man who guided India out of the dumps after the match fixing scandal..Even the great Sachin could not handle captaincy the way Sourav did..I agree that using Ranji trophy as practice for IPL is not right, but kindly refrain from bringing out personal emotions on this forum...

  • Subrata on December 1, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @DEV_MCT ... dude bengalis are still patriotic. But many of us do not agree with your idea of patriotism. A cricket match is just a game not a war and the Ranji trophy is just a domestic competition between Indian state squads. So where does patriotism come in here ? Unless of course you have confused parochialism with patriotism.

  • Pratyush on December 1, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    I dont understand, if the sole purpose to play in Ranji Trophy is to gain some form for IPL, then its really not worth it. I know CAB will bend backwards to accommodate Saurav but is it really worth anything ? I have been a big fan of his character and guts but its really difficult to digest.

    As a famous line goes, better to walk out than being thrown out ! Saurav is doing his reputation more harm than good.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    dada real hero in cricket he is staylesh sixer

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Guys u all ve forgot onething DADA's baseprice is jus 92 lacs but if KKR retains him it would've to pay 1.8m so it has decided to let him in to auction and buy him their so that they can spend on the other team members

  • Devavrat on December 1, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Saurav is valuable player and leader in any form of the game at any age. The idea of playing first class cricket to regain form is excellent. Howeve the intent is incorrect. To play Ranji Super League to gain form for IPL ?!?!?!?! Shouldnt State of Bengal be the No. 1 priority for the Son of Bengal ??? And is this what you are taking the prestigious domestic tournament as, a practice game, a sparring round ?? Nope the intent is definitely not correct. And Bengal shouldnt allow this. If Saurav has to play, he has to play for the state and in all the games, if he gets his form and fitness back, thats a bonus. At blame is the CAB also, if what some have said is true, that CAB invited him to play since Bengal is at the bottom. Arent there any talented youngsters in Bengal, who will cherish the opportunity to play for their state and give their 100% for the state ? What happened, the the Bongs used to be a very fiery and patriotic lot once upon a time. Do youngsters lack the spirit ?

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    Saurav Chandidas Ganguluy is still the best cricketer in all forms of the game according to me. Whether it is Ranji or IPL or International Cricket, his presence on the field makes a huge difference. I"m actually worried that he has been dropped by KKR. I'm gonna support whichever team dada plays for.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Hey guys....just answer this simple question:

    Who was the leading run scorer for KKR in the last IPL? And if you have watched IPL, who took some of the greatest catches in IPL last season?

    Remember guys??? :) .. the 38 year old tiger will always roar back at you ....:)

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2010, 21:36 GMT


    Sourav Ganguly, ex- Indian skipper is likely to be removed from the Kolkata Knight Riders team for IPL 4.

    Ganguly seems to have lost his star status in the IPL and as per sources, Kolkata Knight Riders aka KKR has no interest to hang on to Ganguly.

    Kolkata Knight Riders is one of t he most glitzy teams of IPL with its co-owner being Shah Rukh Khan. However, in the last three seasons of IPL the team showed no progress which led the team management to seek for an absolute revamping of the team.

    An anonymous KKR official said, "It's up to our coach Dav Whatmore to take a final call on all cricket-related matters. For the last three years we didn't have anything to show for it and we want to resurrect things."

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