Indian cricket November 6, 2008

People poisoned Chappell against me - Ganguly

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Sourav Ganguly: "The fact that I wasn't playing ODIs played a big part [in deciding to retire]. If I'd been playing in both forms of the game, perhaps I would've thought differently" © AFP
 

Sourav Ganguly has said he believes people outside the team poisoned Greg Chappell against him, leading to his removal from the captaincy and, for a while, from the team. Ganguly, who will bow out after the Nagpur Test against Australia, said he would not have been in the team for the current Test series against Australia if the "old selection committee had stayed" and that he would have "thought differently" about his retirement had he still been playing one-day cricket.

"The thing that hurt me the most, in my whole career, was that public email he [Chappell] sent - what was written in it and the tone in which it was written," he told the Indian Express. "It was very upsetting, and I found it strange because I didn't think we'd spent enough time together in the team for him to form such a strong opinion about me. I'm convinced that some people had poisoned him against me."

Asked whether they were people in the team, he said, "No, outside the team.'

The email was subsequently leaked to the media and Ganguly was out of the team till he staged a comeback late in 2006.

Chappell was appointed as coach with the backing of Ganguly, then India captain. "I'd discussed my batting with him a couple of times and he'd been very helpful. Most of the others wanted [Tom] Moody but I pushed for Chappell. You could say it was my biggest mistake, but I had the best for Indian cricket at heart. People joke with me that I was to blame for getting them stuck with him."

Ganguly suggested he might have continued for longer if he was still a part of India's ODI team. "I'm sure it's [retirement] never easy for anyone," he said. "But there were a lot of factors. I'd been left out of the Irani team, and I'd been out of the one-day side for a while. The fact that I wasn't playing ODIs played a big part. If I'd been playing in both forms of the game, perhaps I would've thought differently. I always wanted to leave on a high. There is no point being pushed around, dragging on for the last few years when nobody wants you."

Ganguly, however, said he still had "great respect" for Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of the previous selection committee. "If he hadn't been the chief selector, I would've never made a comeback in 2006 [in South Africa]. I may not have agreed with his dropping me from the one-day team and the Irani, but that's okay."

Ganguly felt his fielding was the reason that cost him a place in the ODI team; he was dropped for the CB Series in Australia earlier this year. "I did think I should have played one-day cricket for longer. I was included in only some 30-odd matches in the last three years. In no other country can a player who's scored 12,000 runs in his career be used so sparingly.

"I believe it had to do with my fielding, and because they wanted to build a team for the 2011 World Cup. I didn't think I'd be around for that long, so I knew my one-day career was over after being left out for the Australia series."

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  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 8, 2008, 18:51 GMT

    If there's anyone in this world that can beat Ganguly at guts its Ganguly himself.. I am a big fan of his never say die attitude. Hope someone talkis him out of retirement like Pietersen did to Harmison. He can play test cricket for atleast a few more years..

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | November 7, 2008, 3:30 GMT

    I am with 9742791699, you could take andrew Symonds with you. As an Ausie cricket lover, I would be glad to give up this series to see you score a big 100, I hope you carry your bat in both innings.

  • POSTED BY heil_cf2 on | November 7, 2008, 1:58 GMT

    Ganguly is the guy with the guts, who lift indian team morale by not bowing out to other teams. before his gutsy display I always saw indian team players let other teams to push them around. and every wrong thing happened with india and indian team accept it without resistance. he showed guts, and my favorite is the **shirtless dada** incident.. after that now we can see indian team act like they are not the one whom anyone can push around,and his batting - who can forget the display his knock against sri lanka in 1999 world cup semi with dravid on other side...awesome....

  • POSTED BY P_Kurup on | November 7, 2008, 1:49 GMT

    Ganguly is the most successful captain of India and his winning in Australia is the greatest victory also. He made the trend at Bisbane with his century to attack Aussies and eventually India could win at Adelide at a time no one could think of even having a five day test match against Aussies. It was so unfortunate that he had to face such drama from the BCCI. Greg Chappel should have been just a coach to a team which is slected and given rather than seeking super roles. It was sad to see Greg Chappel like great cricketer behind money and with hidden agednda to deal cricket. yes cricket is now a big business. I wish Ganguly all the best and I hope he will contribute more to Indian cricket. He would be a good role model to any one how to cope with situations in life. I would say when he would be the selector he will do the best job, same when he would be the coach. All the best dada.

  • POSTED BY zubu123 on | November 6, 2008, 20:35 GMT

    Thank you for the memories Dada. its kind of funny how your best batting average has been over the last few years but still isint good enough. Hats off to you indian cricket may never be as elegant ever again. sorry you did not get the respect you deserved. best of luck with the rest of it. late

  • POSTED BY adhawan on | November 6, 2008, 19:59 GMT

    Sourav, you are one of India's greatest cricketers and you are going out on a high note with your head held high. Greg Chappel can't say the same about himself, so it is for the world to see who is a better man. You will sorely be missed, but like someone suggested, please make a positive contribution to Indian cricket like Sunil Gavaskar. Collectively the two of you can stand up better to the Aussie bullies! I wish you were the captain one last time - no one can get under the skins of the Aussies better than you! Hats off to one of the modern greats!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY PS2012 on | November 6, 2008, 14:55 GMT

    We all know Ganguly took his place in the team for granted while he was captain. When he made his comeback in 2006, he had to work hard to remain in the team. That dedication was missing in the last couple of years of his captaincy. We know Dada can't field, and only other thing (besides captaincy) he could have contributed with was his batting.

    Dropping him from the side made him more determined and that resulted in better batting performance from him against SA, PA and AUS.

  • POSTED BY cricsom5667 on | November 6, 2008, 13:59 GMT

    Dada, you have gone up a few notches more in my eyes by stating the truth including your weakness in fielding. Your contribution to Indian cricket has been "Team India" and its resurgence not to mention your beautiful record braking and awe inspiring opening partnerships with that little darling Sachin in the ODIs. And I sincerely pray that you go out in a blaze of glory by getting a hundred at Nagpur and helping India to bat the Aussies out of the game and the series. Most importantly in continuation of your services to the cause of Indian cricket, i sincerely hope that you will be associated in the form of an administrator / opinion maker and join ranks with Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, another of India's illustrous cricketing sons in furthering the cause of Indian cricket. Indian cricket needs men of stature, integrity and patriotic feeling who are bold, media savvy and knowledgeable about the intricacies of the game. And who better than you!

  • POSTED BY vishnubhau on | November 6, 2008, 13:48 GMT

    Now that DADA is playing his last test match, lets not deviate the topic...as far as I think, DADA does not need to prove anybody anything, he already has 20,000 international runs & 37 international centuries to his name alongside the tag of India's most successful test captain, these are enough to speak of him as a player & captain. I personally am very emotional about this man..I might not watch cricket with much intensity now as I used to watch when he played...this was the impact that such great players have on people....

  • POSTED BY Nathan_a on | November 6, 2008, 13:03 GMT

    Sourav was the first Indian captain to rise above the narrow parochialism that has plagued Indian cricket. He backed Harbajan & Yuvraj (Punjab), Sehwag (Delhi), Kaif (UP), Laxman (AP)and fought for them. They are quality cricketers but his support played a big part in their success. Also he did not support Deep Dasgupta (wicket keeper batsman )despite being from his own state. The second contribution is he bought in the confidence into the team. Some could say arrogance but he still changed the attitude of the players.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 8, 2008, 18:51 GMT

    If there's anyone in this world that can beat Ganguly at guts its Ganguly himself.. I am a big fan of his never say die attitude. Hope someone talkis him out of retirement like Pietersen did to Harmison. He can play test cricket for atleast a few more years..

  • POSTED BY eyballfallenout on | November 7, 2008, 3:30 GMT

    I am with 9742791699, you could take andrew Symonds with you. As an Ausie cricket lover, I would be glad to give up this series to see you score a big 100, I hope you carry your bat in both innings.

  • POSTED BY heil_cf2 on | November 7, 2008, 1:58 GMT

    Ganguly is the guy with the guts, who lift indian team morale by not bowing out to other teams. before his gutsy display I always saw indian team players let other teams to push them around. and every wrong thing happened with india and indian team accept it without resistance. he showed guts, and my favorite is the **shirtless dada** incident.. after that now we can see indian team act like they are not the one whom anyone can push around,and his batting - who can forget the display his knock against sri lanka in 1999 world cup semi with dravid on other side...awesome....

  • POSTED BY P_Kurup on | November 7, 2008, 1:49 GMT

    Ganguly is the most successful captain of India and his winning in Australia is the greatest victory also. He made the trend at Bisbane with his century to attack Aussies and eventually India could win at Adelide at a time no one could think of even having a five day test match against Aussies. It was so unfortunate that he had to face such drama from the BCCI. Greg Chappel should have been just a coach to a team which is slected and given rather than seeking super roles. It was sad to see Greg Chappel like great cricketer behind money and with hidden agednda to deal cricket. yes cricket is now a big business. I wish Ganguly all the best and I hope he will contribute more to Indian cricket. He would be a good role model to any one how to cope with situations in life. I would say when he would be the selector he will do the best job, same when he would be the coach. All the best dada.

  • POSTED BY zubu123 on | November 6, 2008, 20:35 GMT

    Thank you for the memories Dada. its kind of funny how your best batting average has been over the last few years but still isint good enough. Hats off to you indian cricket may never be as elegant ever again. sorry you did not get the respect you deserved. best of luck with the rest of it. late

  • POSTED BY adhawan on | November 6, 2008, 19:59 GMT

    Sourav, you are one of India's greatest cricketers and you are going out on a high note with your head held high. Greg Chappel can't say the same about himself, so it is for the world to see who is a better man. You will sorely be missed, but like someone suggested, please make a positive contribution to Indian cricket like Sunil Gavaskar. Collectively the two of you can stand up better to the Aussie bullies! I wish you were the captain one last time - no one can get under the skins of the Aussies better than you! Hats off to one of the modern greats!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY PS2012 on | November 6, 2008, 14:55 GMT

    We all know Ganguly took his place in the team for granted while he was captain. When he made his comeback in 2006, he had to work hard to remain in the team. That dedication was missing in the last couple of years of his captaincy. We know Dada can't field, and only other thing (besides captaincy) he could have contributed with was his batting.

    Dropping him from the side made him more determined and that resulted in better batting performance from him against SA, PA and AUS.

  • POSTED BY cricsom5667 on | November 6, 2008, 13:59 GMT

    Dada, you have gone up a few notches more in my eyes by stating the truth including your weakness in fielding. Your contribution to Indian cricket has been "Team India" and its resurgence not to mention your beautiful record braking and awe inspiring opening partnerships with that little darling Sachin in the ODIs. And I sincerely pray that you go out in a blaze of glory by getting a hundred at Nagpur and helping India to bat the Aussies out of the game and the series. Most importantly in continuation of your services to the cause of Indian cricket, i sincerely hope that you will be associated in the form of an administrator / opinion maker and join ranks with Mr. Sunil Gavaskar, another of India's illustrous cricketing sons in furthering the cause of Indian cricket. Indian cricket needs men of stature, integrity and patriotic feeling who are bold, media savvy and knowledgeable about the intricacies of the game. And who better than you!

  • POSTED BY vishnubhau on | November 6, 2008, 13:48 GMT

    Now that DADA is playing his last test match, lets not deviate the topic...as far as I think, DADA does not need to prove anybody anything, he already has 20,000 international runs & 37 international centuries to his name alongside the tag of India's most successful test captain, these are enough to speak of him as a player & captain. I personally am very emotional about this man..I might not watch cricket with much intensity now as I used to watch when he played...this was the impact that such great players have on people....

  • POSTED BY Nathan_a on | November 6, 2008, 13:03 GMT

    Sourav was the first Indian captain to rise above the narrow parochialism that has plagued Indian cricket. He backed Harbajan & Yuvraj (Punjab), Sehwag (Delhi), Kaif (UP), Laxman (AP)and fought for them. They are quality cricketers but his support played a big part in their success. Also he did not support Deep Dasgupta (wicket keeper batsman )despite being from his own state. The second contribution is he bought in the confidence into the team. Some could say arrogance but he still changed the attitude of the players.

  • POSTED BY Gilliana on | November 6, 2008, 12:33 GMT

    As an Australian, I have been watching the politics of Indian cricket for more than sixty years. The only reason why Saurav was targetted was because he was a Bengali.

  • POSTED BY Ilin on | November 6, 2008, 12:27 GMT

    Hats off to ganguly's will power.i think he is the strongest cricketer ever,mentally.i dont know,what dada did wrong in tests and o.d.i's since his come back in 2006.he has the best record in both form of games.i agree backing up greg,was his biggest mistake.also at local level in india,everyone knew that it was dravid and chappel combo,that murdered saurav's career.the assault on greg,and hooting of dravid everywhere,includes his own bangalore,proves it.

  • POSTED BY sourabh_aryabhatta on | November 6, 2008, 11:50 GMT

    Actually narrow minded village politics (and involvement of politicians in BCCI positions) has spoiled the total Indian cricket. And you can find lot of sacrificing goat like Sourav. Sourav is the real creater of team India concept and Greg's mission was to destroy the integrity. As a Australian nationalist he is really successful. Now Indians should decide whether they will give more emphasis on politics than playing cricket as a 'Team India concept'!!!

  • POSTED BY Roxily on | November 6, 2008, 11:18 GMT

    Saurav,

    While reading the article, a phrase came to my mind, "Dead Yesterday, Unborn Tomorrow, Why fret, If today is sweet"

    You are resigning (and not retiring because, you can not retire from cricket, It was your game earlier, turned to passion and now profession)from current assignment with highly praised note. You will be in the heart of Cricket lovers across.

  • POSTED BY Pakistan_Needs_A_Batman on | November 6, 2008, 10:47 GMT

    Well said dada ! Only thing I liked about your article and which elevates you in front of anyone is your confession in the end ... yes, it was ur fielding that let your down but no1 is taking ur class away from u ... may we see u attached to cricket in some form in the days to come

    best of luck for nagpur

  • POSTED BY 9742791699 on | November 6, 2008, 10:08 GMT

    dont woory dada join icl and give bcci a big answer. than they will understand that how much important u r

  • POSTED BY Sri-Lankan_Lion on | November 6, 2008, 9:59 GMT

    Its sad to hear the story of the real time champion in one day and to some extent in test cricket. I had tears in my eyes reading this article. I agree with Saurav, what's the whole point of hanging in, when the selctors fiddle around with you? A player who has more than 12,000 runs under his belt for one day being drop because of poor fielding. What a weird excuse? Yea it was Saurav's own mistake that has bitten him, supporting Chappell. At least he leaves on a high note in this test match. I wish he was recalled for one-dayers and scores a century before retiring in one day formats too.

  • POSTED BY Sajish on | November 6, 2008, 9:50 GMT

    Yes Dada your biggest mistake in your illustrious career was supporting Greg Chappell as the coach of Indian team. Greg used to stand like a Major Gen of Indian Army & used to support youngsters.He has forgot the way he entered as the coach of Indian Team. The High prized job of Cricket world.He has forgot the man who has supported for that, instead of supporting you he has supported Suresh Raina during his period as coach and in the end Suresh Raina was an utter failure during his tenure. He supported Dravid as a leader which I don't feel,Dravid has that charisma to lead a team of stalwarts.Rahul is good player but that doesn't mean he should entrust with unnecessary responsibilites, in the end what happened to Rahul he lost the tag WALLofIndian Cricket, by lost his batting touch.Rahul was the best M.order bat before Greg took over,now where he stands all Indian cricket lovers know that fact.Greg Chappell has destroyed the unity inside the team by removing Ganguly from the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY zulash on | November 6, 2008, 9:46 GMT

    On Ganguly's part ..it was perhaps the biggest mistake to have insisted and supported Greg Chappell as the Indian team coach. In the hindsight, the BCCI should have ideally opted for Tom Moody or for that matter even Dave Whatmore - seasoned coaches that had delivered in the past. Strangely, Greg was a "novice" back then with no experience whatsoever, especially with an international team. His previous stint in Australia wasn't noteworthy as such. The BCCI should have known better ...in fact should have sacked him soon after his failed attempts at employing methodologies that had minimum impact on the players. Moreover, it led to a division among the players. For crying out loud -- his dire experiments cost India the "world cup". Indeed it was a total blunder.

  • POSTED BY KOLHAPURI on | November 6, 2008, 8:26 GMT

    Hi,

    Sourav, you are GEM of the Indian Cricket. These guys at the helm of Indian Cricket are sick and stupid. Don't they realise that you are among a very few cricketers in the world who have scored more than 12000 ODI runs and have more than 20 ODI centuries against your name? Don't they know that you and Sachin have given the best opening starts to an Indian ODI than any other cricket playing nations? Aren't they aware that it was you and you only who supported the young brigade of Yuvi, Viru, Bhajji, Ajit and the like? Now they are doing all this dramma of facelifting of Indian team with the young guns. Yes, they are important I do understand but the ones who are in form whoever he is a senior or junior should always be preferred to play in the best interest of Indian Cricket. Indian cricket was never as strong before as was under you.We were at No 2 in the ICC rankings and then came the destroyer of Indian Cricket - Greg Chappel who did nothing but spoiled the whole complexion

  • POSTED BY Nata on | November 6, 2008, 8:16 GMT

    You guys - Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Anil bhai would always remain our hear Dada. All the best.

  • POSTED BY CSKfan on | November 6, 2008, 8:05 GMT

    Couldn't agree more on Chappell. But in one day scheme of things Ganguly never has a place. His running between wickets and Fielding are so pathetic to be discounted. A good fielder would save 10 -20 runs on the field in addition to what he scores. But Chappell issue apart Ganguly did commit a few mistakes such as personal likes and dislikes which went into selection, rubbing shoulders with Sachin to name a few. When you have decided to retire do it gracefully and don't grib on dead matters.

  • POSTED BY franklyspeaking on | November 6, 2008, 7:39 GMT

    Well said saurav. Coming as it does after having gone thru an emotional rollercoaster and to still not sound too bitter shows what made him a great captain of an average indian team. As for the greg chappell part, the aussies would have realised by now how difficult it is to win with 'process' based approach.

  • POSTED BY bkhan420 on | November 6, 2008, 7:18 GMT

    He is a God amongst Gods, let him play for Pakistan, I guarantee you he would be in our team until he's in his 50s. He's that good. India should be grateful for Ganguly, for without him all those year in the 90s and early 2000s, they would have been in the bottom 5 rankings.

  • POSTED BY ppramesh on | November 6, 2008, 7:11 GMT

    Ya your fielding n running between the wicket cost u. Otherwise u will have another couple of years remainng in cricket like Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY quicksingle on | November 6, 2008, 7:02 GMT

    When Ganguly says he could have played some more cricket, he sounds like an old 'general in his labyrinth'. He came back from the ashes in south africa after more than a 'hundred days in solitude', thanks to that tongue tied chairman of selectors, a 'Colonel that no one writes to' or subscribes to for his eloquence (or lack of it) or views on Indian cricket, and despite the colonel's gesture of 'love in the time of his cricketing cholera' was quickly forgotten by the man himself . The former captain now wants us to believe his has been the 'Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor'. If one were to hark back to events of the past, one has to agree that Nagpur was the place, against the same Aussies when the 'Chronicle of his career's death was foretold.' Dada, our Aureliano Buendia can now quietly go away into the sunset

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | November 6, 2008, 6:59 GMT

    Never Mind Dada !!! You are our Hero , greatest Hero..you may not have scored 1000 centuries like Tendulkar but who the hell cares..it is the Attitude that, you carried and forced in the Indian Team, which matters ...you are the bravest of all....

  • POSTED BY JaySarkar on | November 6, 2008, 6:52 GMT

    Ganguly has no backers in a country where your contacts get you further than your talents.The Indian cricket administration is full of people from three major centres - Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Its not surprise that Indian teams over the years have been full of players from these regions. With dalmiya's departure, Ganguly, despite performing much better than a Dravid, a Laxman and even a Tendulkar found himself out in the cold. Chappell was the instrument - an outsider who could conveniently do a hatchet job for Pawar and Co.Chappel was rewarded with a lucrative contract with Lalit Modi in Rajasthan.Its a sad indictment - India has not learnt to value its heroes -Ganguly's end is no different to gavaskar's, Kapil or Bedi's. Unless the administrators learnt to treat people with respect and dignity- BCCI will be ridiculed.But what else can one expect from politicians who assault one another in parliament;its a relief that Pawar'slot have only used vocal muscles sofar-not fists!

  • POSTED BY abhinavkrishna on | November 6, 2008, 6:23 GMT

    I think its really sad that how the senior players have been treated in the country like India, where we just live cricket. Ganguly should not worry about comments from Dilip Vengsarkar,anyways his average in his last 14 innings of ODI's was 20.167, and he was almost thrown out of the team (I suppose). So may be he wants to treat every senior player like that and waana end their career like that. Ganguly has been a God for many people including me. I consider him the as the best captain. and believe me I have won many matches by following the attitude and aggressiveness from him. The comments about Kumble (1 day before he retired) by Dilip Vengsarkar were also shameful, saying "Kumble should retire". There are boards who backup their players, may be if Dilip Vengsarkar was too eager to comment, he should have waited till the time match gets over. Or may be he has too much time in this world after he is out of selection committee to keep speaking. As a player I respect Dilip Vengsarkar.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | November 6, 2008, 6:15 GMT

    Very true Saurav.... backing Greg Chappell was your biggest mistake. And pity that people still don't learn and still ridicule our greats like Kumble & Dravid when someone like Ian Chappell comes out and says something.. Would the Australians agree if Gavaskar is to say something ciritcal about Ponting ?

    But then that's our fault.... for letting these people come to our shores to make money and create an atmosphere of anomosity too.

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  • POSTED BY Rajesh. on | November 6, 2008, 6:15 GMT

    Very true Saurav.... backing Greg Chappell was your biggest mistake. And pity that people still don't learn and still ridicule our greats like Kumble & Dravid when someone like Ian Chappell comes out and says something.. Would the Australians agree if Gavaskar is to say something ciritcal about Ponting ?

    But then that's our fault.... for letting these people come to our shores to make money and create an atmosphere of anomosity too.

  • POSTED BY abhinavkrishna on | November 6, 2008, 6:23 GMT

    I think its really sad that how the senior players have been treated in the country like India, where we just live cricket. Ganguly should not worry about comments from Dilip Vengsarkar,anyways his average in his last 14 innings of ODI's was 20.167, and he was almost thrown out of the team (I suppose). So may be he wants to treat every senior player like that and waana end their career like that. Ganguly has been a God for many people including me. I consider him the as the best captain. and believe me I have won many matches by following the attitude and aggressiveness from him. The comments about Kumble (1 day before he retired) by Dilip Vengsarkar were also shameful, saying "Kumble should retire". There are boards who backup their players, may be if Dilip Vengsarkar was too eager to comment, he should have waited till the time match gets over. Or may be he has too much time in this world after he is out of selection committee to keep speaking. As a player I respect Dilip Vengsarkar.

  • POSTED BY JaySarkar on | November 6, 2008, 6:52 GMT

    Ganguly has no backers in a country where your contacts get you further than your talents.The Indian cricket administration is full of people from three major centres - Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Its not surprise that Indian teams over the years have been full of players from these regions. With dalmiya's departure, Ganguly, despite performing much better than a Dravid, a Laxman and even a Tendulkar found himself out in the cold. Chappell was the instrument - an outsider who could conveniently do a hatchet job for Pawar and Co.Chappel was rewarded with a lucrative contract with Lalit Modi in Rajasthan.Its a sad indictment - India has not learnt to value its heroes -Ganguly's end is no different to gavaskar's, Kapil or Bedi's. Unless the administrators learnt to treat people with respect and dignity- BCCI will be ridiculed.But what else can one expect from politicians who assault one another in parliament;its a relief that Pawar'slot have only used vocal muscles sofar-not fists!

  • POSTED BY viralpatel15 on | November 6, 2008, 6:59 GMT

    Never Mind Dada !!! You are our Hero , greatest Hero..you may not have scored 1000 centuries like Tendulkar but who the hell cares..it is the Attitude that, you carried and forced in the Indian Team, which matters ...you are the bravest of all....

  • POSTED BY quicksingle on | November 6, 2008, 7:02 GMT

    When Ganguly says he could have played some more cricket, he sounds like an old 'general in his labyrinth'. He came back from the ashes in south africa after more than a 'hundred days in solitude', thanks to that tongue tied chairman of selectors, a 'Colonel that no one writes to' or subscribes to for his eloquence (or lack of it) or views on Indian cricket, and despite the colonel's gesture of 'love in the time of his cricketing cholera' was quickly forgotten by the man himself . The former captain now wants us to believe his has been the 'Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor'. If one were to hark back to events of the past, one has to agree that Nagpur was the place, against the same Aussies when the 'Chronicle of his career's death was foretold.' Dada, our Aureliano Buendia can now quietly go away into the sunset

  • POSTED BY ppramesh on | November 6, 2008, 7:11 GMT

    Ya your fielding n running between the wicket cost u. Otherwise u will have another couple of years remainng in cricket like Tendulkar

  • POSTED BY bkhan420 on | November 6, 2008, 7:18 GMT

    He is a God amongst Gods, let him play for Pakistan, I guarantee you he would be in our team until he's in his 50s. He's that good. India should be grateful for Ganguly, for without him all those year in the 90s and early 2000s, they would have been in the bottom 5 rankings.

  • POSTED BY franklyspeaking on | November 6, 2008, 7:39 GMT

    Well said saurav. Coming as it does after having gone thru an emotional rollercoaster and to still not sound too bitter shows what made him a great captain of an average indian team. As for the greg chappell part, the aussies would have realised by now how difficult it is to win with 'process' based approach.

  • POSTED BY CSKfan on | November 6, 2008, 8:05 GMT

    Couldn't agree more on Chappell. But in one day scheme of things Ganguly never has a place. His running between wickets and Fielding are so pathetic to be discounted. A good fielder would save 10 -20 runs on the field in addition to what he scores. But Chappell issue apart Ganguly did commit a few mistakes such as personal likes and dislikes which went into selection, rubbing shoulders with Sachin to name a few. When you have decided to retire do it gracefully and don't grib on dead matters.

  • POSTED BY Nata on | November 6, 2008, 8:16 GMT

    You guys - Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and Anil bhai would always remain our hear Dada. All the best.