India news February 7, 2011

Ganguly sees no role with Kolkata

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Sourav Ganguly, who failed to attract bids from any of the 10 IPL franchises during the auction on January 8 and 9, has said he wasn't bought for reasons that have nothing to do with cricket, and that he doesn't see a place for himself in the Kolkata Knight Riders set-up.

Kolkata, a team Ganguly led in the first and third seasons of the tournament, had offered him a role within the organisation. "Shah Rukh Khan spoke to me about a possible role as mentor. I don't think Kolkata Knight Riders needs a mentor. I see no role there," Ganguly told Headlines Today. The team already has enough expertise in [Dav] Whatmore and [Wasim] Akram. I wanted to play and not mentor the team. I didn't see myself in the sort of a role [Anil] Kumble has chosen [with Royal Challengers Bangalore]."

The franchise struggled to produce consistent results on the field, and Ganguly said that was because the team suffered from a "confidence problem". "I felt there was panic every time we lost. There was panic among the owners, panic among the players. But you need continuity in a team to deliver, like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

"When we don't win three seasons in a row, there's an opportunity to rebuild. I understand Kolkata felt they deserved better and when they got an opportunity to rebuild the team, they wanted to bring in some fresh faces."

He also expressed disbelief that none of the franchises thought he was worth a place based on his cricketing ability. "I had the runs. Players of my age, [Adam] Gilchrist, [Rahul] Dravid and [VVS] Laxman are still actively involved. I haven't been able to put the finger on the button why I was left out. Cricketing logic and past form suggests I should have been picked. There are several reasons I could have been dropped, but not for cricket."

At the same time, Ganguly rubbished the perception that he comes with baggage and plays politics. "I have played cricket, five years as captain and eight years under different skippers. I have helped in building what the Indian team is today. And this doesn't come by playing politics."

The Kochi franchise did write to the BCCI after the auction to ask if they could sign Ganguly, but some of the other franchises objected to the proposal, and it was shelved, to Ganguly's dismay. "I was very disappointed when the franchises stalled the repurchase. The rules of the IPL have been changed in the past. Every rule in sport should give an opportunity to play, not keep them out. Whether it's Sourav Ganguly today or some other player sometime."

When he is finally done playing the game, Ganguly plans to turn his attention to running it. "I am mentally preparing myself for an administrator's role at some stage. I would love to be part of the Cricket Association of Bengal at some point of my life. I also would love to coach the Indian cricket team as well."

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  • on February 9, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Common all DADA lovers.....just face it. Theres no doubt that he plays more for himself than the team which might be good at times but very very dangerous for the team future. All other senior players wont demand to be the captain and they will play their own part whether its under a foreign player or a 20 year old kid. However, any team who picks him will have to make him THE CAPTAIN or you cant control him. Who will take that "logic" in the team?

  • dilipm on February 8, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for what Ganguly has achieved so far but I cannot understand his insistence on playing IPL. Lets face hard facts without being emotional. 20-20 cricket needs a) athletic fielding b) quick scoring & c) run denying accurate bowling. Ganguly was never a spritely fielder. While batting he took time to settle down before launching into the bowling-something which this abbreviated form does not permit.While his gentle medium pacers would have been effective on responsive wickets, the slow,dead pitches of India would not allow him that luxury.Another factor is his poor running between wickets and rotating of strikes. In the last 3 years that he has played IPL he has not set the Hooghly on fire. As a mentor or as an administrator Ganguly can be very effective as he is fiercely independent and will not allow outside influence to interfere. This is the role Indian cricket lovers require him to play

  • din2383 on February 8, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    gaguly is india tiger these Australian never like him because he installed aggressive behaviour IN THEIR PLAY.thats why they always target ganguly in their writing they will never going to stop it.we indians know they suffers lot on indian team hand when ganguly was the captain so they always target indians.these australian always talk abougt fast bowling the australina are pathetic playrs of spin bowilng.

  • secondopinion on February 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    It is over, final curtains. Dada shud get one fact straight - twice he was spurned by all ten teams. That says a lot. Lack of cricketing logic label can be affixed on Greg Chappell, Buchanon, BCCI selectors, Dhoni, SRK, but now also Whitmore? To say he wud play cricket for Bengal just to prepare for IPL (any team of IPL, not just KKR; a truly "professional" approach, available to any bidder!) is insulting to Bengal and to cricket. Dada does not any more love cricket, he just loves the money from IPL and endorsements. Well, no one wants him any more in either role of player or brand face. Be it strike rate due to selfish batting, poor captaincy in not utilising well enough class players like Mathews, David Hussey, Langaveldt, not getting enough out of Agarkar, Hodge, Mendis, Sunny Sing, poor grooming of rising stars like Pujara, Unadkat, Abdullah, Mandeep, Harpreet... plus fighting with coaches... how wants such a bag of troubles.

  • on February 8, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    DREAM on ganguly!! the reason u were not brought was simple...ur strike rate will only be useful if the ipl was going to start running 10 day test matches!!

  • on February 8, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    I believe, anyway dada is not in any team, but kochi team atleast tried to take him, so we should feel that DADA is with kochi, and cheer them. But one thing defies logic, why did kochi didnt bid for dada in normal auction, than trying the back door?... i dont understand these owners at all

  • eshwarmv on February 8, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Going by Sourav's leadershio skills, he should have taken a dip into CAB administration. Kumble, each and everytime continues to prove that he is a great thinker, and an analyser. Just at the right moment, decided to pull out of the auction pool. He somehow guessed that he will not get the same treatment and respect as a player, hereafter. This will surely, help him to concentrate more on improving the cricket in his state, also make efforts to transform the chinnaswamy stadium. Sourav must get into administration as soon as possible.

  • Samar_Singh on February 8, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Dada do not cry like a child .. its a business and if someone do not want to buy you then the topic is over .. you cannot put emotional pressure of blind Bengali supporters ... I find no reason for you fuss ...this is total black mail by Ganguly.. Ganguly by no means is a T20 player ...

  • BHARATLIFE on February 8, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    IPL is sad, there is no logic for Dada to be dropped.I do not understand why Bangalore, Rajasthan and Mumbai have a problem,but Kochi should have gone for him , it is partly not fair on the other franchises. If i were a rigid business man i think i would have done the same. But i guess they could have shown some courtesy . I think the highlight is Dada speaking so diplomatically for once. "..... I do not think they need me." (for obvious reasons we all know).And Dravid,he built the RCB team, and this is sad that he is also treated to 200k , Laxman gave up his money for players.I think IPL is not just cricket, of course our relationships with Pakistan is not rosy , but why should CRICKET suffer, okay Pakistan Cricket ( spot fixing controversies ) , but they have great and HONEST T20 players Gul , Afridi, Akthar, Ajmal, Akmals, plenty of talent for teams.Of course IPL looks lovely , but i think this clear bias towards some parties will come to haunt this league some day.

  • Venkyengg on February 8, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    HI SOURAV, THER IS NO1 DENING UR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS INDIAN TEAM. PLEASE TRY TO COME TO PRESENT. YOU WERE NOT BOUGHT BECAUSE NO CAPTAIN CAN MANAGE YOU IN THEIR TEAM . YOU WILL BE A HEADACHE TO ANY TEAM OWNER AND OFFICIALS. PLEASE REMIND YOUR FANS ABT UR STRIKE RATE IN IPL3 . NEARLY 105 ONLY. KOLKATA WOULD HAVE DONE WELL IF THEY MANAGE TO FIND A CAPTAIN WHO IS NOT AS SELFISH AS YOU .

  • on February 9, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Common all DADA lovers.....just face it. Theres no doubt that he plays more for himself than the team which might be good at times but very very dangerous for the team future. All other senior players wont demand to be the captain and they will play their own part whether its under a foreign player or a 20 year old kid. However, any team who picks him will have to make him THE CAPTAIN or you cant control him. Who will take that "logic" in the team?

  • dilipm on February 8, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for what Ganguly has achieved so far but I cannot understand his insistence on playing IPL. Lets face hard facts without being emotional. 20-20 cricket needs a) athletic fielding b) quick scoring & c) run denying accurate bowling. Ganguly was never a spritely fielder. While batting he took time to settle down before launching into the bowling-something which this abbreviated form does not permit.While his gentle medium pacers would have been effective on responsive wickets, the slow,dead pitches of India would not allow him that luxury.Another factor is his poor running between wickets and rotating of strikes. In the last 3 years that he has played IPL he has not set the Hooghly on fire. As a mentor or as an administrator Ganguly can be very effective as he is fiercely independent and will not allow outside influence to interfere. This is the role Indian cricket lovers require him to play

  • din2383 on February 8, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    gaguly is india tiger these Australian never like him because he installed aggressive behaviour IN THEIR PLAY.thats why they always target ganguly in their writing they will never going to stop it.we indians know they suffers lot on indian team hand when ganguly was the captain so they always target indians.these australian always talk abougt fast bowling the australina are pathetic playrs of spin bowilng.

  • secondopinion on February 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    It is over, final curtains. Dada shud get one fact straight - twice he was spurned by all ten teams. That says a lot. Lack of cricketing logic label can be affixed on Greg Chappell, Buchanon, BCCI selectors, Dhoni, SRK, but now also Whitmore? To say he wud play cricket for Bengal just to prepare for IPL (any team of IPL, not just KKR; a truly "professional" approach, available to any bidder!) is insulting to Bengal and to cricket. Dada does not any more love cricket, he just loves the money from IPL and endorsements. Well, no one wants him any more in either role of player or brand face. Be it strike rate due to selfish batting, poor captaincy in not utilising well enough class players like Mathews, David Hussey, Langaveldt, not getting enough out of Agarkar, Hodge, Mendis, Sunny Sing, poor grooming of rising stars like Pujara, Unadkat, Abdullah, Mandeep, Harpreet... plus fighting with coaches... how wants such a bag of troubles.

  • on February 8, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    DREAM on ganguly!! the reason u were not brought was simple...ur strike rate will only be useful if the ipl was going to start running 10 day test matches!!

  • on February 8, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    I believe, anyway dada is not in any team, but kochi team atleast tried to take him, so we should feel that DADA is with kochi, and cheer them. But one thing defies logic, why did kochi didnt bid for dada in normal auction, than trying the back door?... i dont understand these owners at all

  • eshwarmv on February 8, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Going by Sourav's leadershio skills, he should have taken a dip into CAB administration. Kumble, each and everytime continues to prove that he is a great thinker, and an analyser. Just at the right moment, decided to pull out of the auction pool. He somehow guessed that he will not get the same treatment and respect as a player, hereafter. This will surely, help him to concentrate more on improving the cricket in his state, also make efforts to transform the chinnaswamy stadium. Sourav must get into administration as soon as possible.

  • Samar_Singh on February 8, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Dada do not cry like a child .. its a business and if someone do not want to buy you then the topic is over .. you cannot put emotional pressure of blind Bengali supporters ... I find no reason for you fuss ...this is total black mail by Ganguly.. Ganguly by no means is a T20 player ...

  • BHARATLIFE on February 8, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    IPL is sad, there is no logic for Dada to be dropped.I do not understand why Bangalore, Rajasthan and Mumbai have a problem,but Kochi should have gone for him , it is partly not fair on the other franchises. If i were a rigid business man i think i would have done the same. But i guess they could have shown some courtesy . I think the highlight is Dada speaking so diplomatically for once. "..... I do not think they need me." (for obvious reasons we all know).And Dravid,he built the RCB team, and this is sad that he is also treated to 200k , Laxman gave up his money for players.I think IPL is not just cricket, of course our relationships with Pakistan is not rosy , but why should CRICKET suffer, okay Pakistan Cricket ( spot fixing controversies ) , but they have great and HONEST T20 players Gul , Afridi, Akthar, Ajmal, Akmals, plenty of talent for teams.Of course IPL looks lovely , but i think this clear bias towards some parties will come to haunt this league some day.

  • Venkyengg on February 8, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    HI SOURAV, THER IS NO1 DENING UR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS INDIAN TEAM. PLEASE TRY TO COME TO PRESENT. YOU WERE NOT BOUGHT BECAUSE NO CAPTAIN CAN MANAGE YOU IN THEIR TEAM . YOU WILL BE A HEADACHE TO ANY TEAM OWNER AND OFFICIALS. PLEASE REMIND YOUR FANS ABT UR STRIKE RATE IN IPL3 . NEARLY 105 ONLY. KOLKATA WOULD HAVE DONE WELL IF THEY MANAGE TO FIND A CAPTAIN WHO IS NOT AS SELFISH AS YOU .

  • sk-cricaddict on February 8, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    srk shud hav bought ganguly when he was available for jus 400k. but on a different note i dont understand y ganguly still wants to play cricket. like kumble, ganguly shud get involved with cab asap. i m sure if he was the president of cab, then eden gardens wudnt hav lost the ind-eng fixture. his leadership n team building qualities will come more handy for cab than any ipl team.

  • sents on February 8, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    Dada you have proved more than once that you are a fighter and if it usually comes to your performance, you perform and prove every critic wrong. Just for the records, Dada is the highest run scorer for KKR in 2010 IPL season with 493 runs at a strike rate of 118 and he is within Top5 run getters. However, Kallis with a strike rate of only 115 is bought by KKR this season. Rest is left to the readers...Best wishes to Dada and looking forward to him as a coach for Team India....

  • on February 8, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Tiger never Retire.....Dada miss U

  • Kalaiamuthan on February 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    "Every rule in sport should give an opportunity to play, not keep them out. Whether it's Sourav Ganguly today or some other player sometime" DADA I strongly agree with this.

    The same franchises which are so keen to not change the rules have themselves changed the rules so many times from IPL 1.

    DADA don't look for a post in Bengal Cricket Association. Rather be part of BCCI.

  • on February 8, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    This happend to DADA now who will be the next ....if it can happend to DADA it can happen to sachin or dravid or anyone... Avoid IPL

  • on February 8, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    DADA should b our next INDIAN COACH(it may effect 'there are several reasons....)!!!

  • on February 8, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Not a big deal. It is high time he bows out for he isn't a T20 material by any means. No doubt he is crowd puller and far better player than the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, but he didn't play this year's ranji either to show the franchisee that he is still in good nick. Who would on earth would like to buy somebody who has passed his prime and playing just one tournament in a year. Remember Hayden and McGrath are not worth in IPL. Are there any non-cricketing reasons for their exclusion? Ganguly should keep shut and bow out gracely. Game is greater than any individuals.

  • on February 8, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    DADA you worth more the 400k .We the spectators and cricket loving people knows who is DADA and sachin .The IPL owners doesnt know value of good players and how team is made .They just think abt the money what they are spending .Long back Mohinder Amarnath had mentioned selectors as bunch of jokers ...I feel the IPL owners can be mentioned as a bunch of jokers .

  • on February 8, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Look at his Statistics...Who is the fastest 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10000....?not sachin, not Sewag or some one else....find it out...

  • Indian_Rules on February 8, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    @ Raj12345..... Indeed.. there are many players surviving in the indian team because of politics or grouping.. like Raina, Yuvraj, Ashwin, Vijay, Karthik, and our very own the greatest of the great allrounders of all times : Ravindra Jadeja

  • indianzen on February 8, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Might be SRK have thought that there can be no 2 Jokers in the same room?

  • on February 8, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Sourav brought the passion,intensity & agreesiveness to the game that was unheard of in Indian cricket. He was one batsman who used to fight & stand out against pakistan pace attack when other batsmen in Indian team used to just surrender( to one of the best pace attack at that time). As a captain he was inspirational & took Indian cricket to the next level.2003 WC and wins in Australia & Pakistan are a testimoney to his leadership skills. He will make a great coach for the Indian team. For now we will miss him as a player.I'm no longer a KKR supporter in IPL - Akshat

  • on February 8, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    KKR will have no fans this year.Sharukh thinks all these fans are because of him. But this is cricket brother not ur bollywood and without ganguly kkr will be the most hated team in this IPL for all the cricket lovers

  • Indian_Rules on February 8, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    i want sourav to come back.. play.. show his talent to this whole world and then quit.. he is a fighter and has been an inspiration to thousands... the current team which is today is something because of sourav who built it.. the current crop of exp guys ( bhajji, zaheer, yuvraj ) He even groomed many other players some of them clicked some didnt..... I simply dont understand what is the objection hat other franchisee can have? they didnt bid for dada, fine.. but now if someone wants him in their team, why are others objecting??? is this yet another conspiracy to exclude players incorporated by the ever corrupt BCCI ??? something similar to this happened with pak players also last time..

  • indianzen on February 8, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Do Indian viewers need an ex captain as water boy ? I would say, he better retire as Kapil Dev did.

  • Kumaranuj on February 8, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I totaly aggree with Ganguly. Most of Indian know that not only IPL but also from Indian team he was droped because of the politics, but what happens now, he have to accept that now he can not join cricket as a player. So dada please join some other job, but not in the KKR team. You might not get the coaching job for Indian cricket team by the same political reason, untill the administration changed in the BCCI. So it is betterto coach less strong team like Bangladesh and make them competetive as India. Good luck DADA for your future.

  • on February 8, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    kkr will have no fans this year- People loved KKR because of ganguly not sharukh. All please keep this in mind and u sharukh

  • keshabn on February 8, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    As a coach or mentor he will be welcomed by most of the franchisee's but not as a player

  • jabberwockynz on February 8, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Ganguly...yesterdays news...move

  • on February 8, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    I am really really happy that DADA is not picked by any team as we all know Kirsten is going to leave Indian team after the world cup and I firmly believe DADA has got it in him to be the next Indian coach, provided the big boss Dhoni (in all probability he would do all his best to avoid DADA becoming a part) agrees to it. This would bring more decipline as well controlled agression in to the team as well he knows how to shape the young guns like Kohlis and Rainas from getting ruined. DADA ...... INDIAN COACH

  • HawK89 on February 8, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Ganguly was told to retire, played poorly in the IPL series and now he thinks he deserves a place in a side? yeah right, he cant get bat on ball, doesn't get enough singles, cant hit over the top as much as he could before, he should just hang the gloves for everything. Hes a joke as a batsmen, at any level.

  • qmasraf on February 8, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Dada is dada. You are always a champ to us. Don't worry.You have always run against the wind, one day wind will be in your way. Keep running & be happy. we are always with you........

  • on February 8, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Ganguly is completely puzzeled with his future. He earned so much money in his career and also has strong monetary backup, so he he needs more money by playing IPL. If he really love to play, why he ignore playing for BENGAL. there everyone want him, admire him. But no, he will only play where he he get money and fame. Except Gilchrist , Laxman Dravid all are in playing condition, they are still playing test cricket. So, DADA should prove himself his current playing condition, his fitness and all. We dont have any doubt about his past glories, but the fact is that is PAST. Or please do something for BENGAL. remove DALMIYA and save cricket in BENGAL, also if he want. That way he can earn some big bucks.

  • stormy16 on February 8, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    I think most of us are being sentimental here and I understand given Dada is a legend of Indian cricket and WAS a great batsman. I didnt see enough from him in the IPL to warrant his selection and he definitely didint show those wonderful skills when opened for India but that was so long ago!! Its a sad end for a great player but there comes a time you just have to pack your bags and move on and I am afraid its that time for Ganguly. These sort of comments will only do damage to his image and take away the gloss off one India's best. Also as someone pointed out he plays no cricket so on what grounds should he be selected? Past glory.....

  • on February 8, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    he is one who doesnot deserve this unfortunate ones can do all for everybody but they do not get the laurels they deserve grt dada you will always have a special place in cricket this sham of ipl dosenot deserve you

  • richardcallanan on February 8, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    and now we can't get to see DADA play even at IPL, it's just a pity that so much of politics is involved. All I know is there is gonna be a massacre at the eden gardens during IPL. Im sure the Kolkkata supporters are gonna act crazy. Hope someone shows their middle finger to SRK.

  • on February 8, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Saurav...hard luck...u should hav given a chance 2 play & u deserves it.. u r a fighter & a good leaderman...the indian team 2day is b'coz of u man... best luck 4 ur future life ....

  • on February 8, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Dada is way better than Dravid and Laxman...I got the point what dada meant to say..If they (Dravid & laxman) have been selected by the Franchises then why not him? He deserves even More...I have seen very few players in the cricketing world who can hit Dale steyn a six...Dada is one of them.

  • on February 8, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Sourav had to retire due to nasty politics of BCCI officials. Same politics now bard him from participation in IPL. Although sounds narrow mindedness, his only fault was being a player from Bengal.

  • on February 8, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Its very sad the way DADA IS being treated today & not only DADA a host of such sports persons in our country who deserve much more respect and honor than what they get today. Sadly in this generation sports has become more of a business than what it should be in India. Whatever it is DADA you will always remain an icon and inspiration for us.

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on February 8, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Ganguly fans -- please stop crying why Ganguly did not get picked. This is ultimate proof that Mr.Ganguly services r not needed. Accept the fact & move on..he was one of the luckiest captains of India. I would give him credit initially for leading the team, but in last 2 years of his career he was a huge liability in the team...and everyone knows what happened... What goes around comes around... he even tried to take out Laxman from test team & see what happened to him... No one can escape law of Karma. Period.

  • AmitGalphade on February 8, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly is right. He is one player who has in the past shown to what extent he can fight. I would like to see him and Anil Kumble in the role of coaching Indian team. They are the best in the business and they have shaped today's Team in great way..

  • on February 8, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Quote : I have played cricket, five years as captain and eight years under different skippers. I have helped in building what the Indian team is today. And this doesn't come by playing politics.

    that so true DADA... You've had a big hand in making team india what it is today!

  • Bharat175 on February 8, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    I think Ganguly should have been picked by any team at any time, KKR will surely miss dada, Ganguly the only player after sachin who can destroy any attack in the world also he is very good against spin, besides this he is very attacking captian rememeber The Indian team what we see today is because of Ganguly he made our team more agressive then before so Dada we will miss u lot.............

  • on February 8, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    right choice dada. I think reason behind not picking by any of IPL team is, he is currently not playing any game so how to decide his current fitness and form. That is not case with Dravid and Laxman and I thnk his form in IPL's was patchy.

    One big reason is they are not used ganguly effectively. Like bat up the order,opening stood till end 40odd runs frm 30-40 balls but with giving more opprtunity of fireworks from other side. and well distributed 2-3 overs.

    I thnk he tried 2 much to be a player like young T20 Batsman.

  • on February 8, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Why the teams are so partial to Ganguly!! He would have played wonderfully for the Kochi team...Anyway he has shown his class by not accepting Sharukhs call as mentor..:)

  • Raj12345 on February 8, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    He is one of the great captain in Indian history.

    But he need to explain why he dropped Robin Singh during 2003 WC selection that was his mistake.

    Everyone should appreciate Ganguly since he never created politics in team. He never survived in field for the name. Never seen him playing for personal records.

    There are players today doing that, creating group of people in team and no one can touch them. They keep same set of players even though there is visible failure by them. Truth is some how we are winning because of people like Kohli, Zaheer & Yusuf. if we remove these 3, then we are out as of today. Doesn't matter we play against NZ or Zim or Bangladesh.

  • Sudeepb on February 8, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    KKR should also think about the mess Buchanan has rendered it to. The player selection too was not good. Only gayle and Dada occasionally performed in what is a team game and a team performance is critical for results, which did not happen with KKR.

  • Sudeepb on February 8, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Simple, with Whatmore and Akram with KKR, there is no role that Ganguly can play. The coach should play the role of a mentor (the proponents should look and the concepts of mentor-mentee relationship). Ganguly was a leader and he ought to be given that role, if any, where he would make decisions. His decision vis-a-vis KKR seems well founded.

  • on February 8, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    I'm glad Ganguly didn't accept the mentor role for KKR. Ganguly is still a crowd puller and SRK is trying to be smart hiving him in a small role for KKR, so that he continues to pull crowds to cheer for KKR. I will no longer support KKR.

  • on February 8, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    As Dada was one the best captains India has ever had & his popularity with Indian players & Kirsten going after the world cup, Dada shud become Indian coach. His strong points r that he is a batsman par excelence & good bowler.

  • on February 8, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    ganguly deserved a chance...when no-names are getting millions, doesn't saurav deserve 400k....i agree with him "There are several reasons he could have been dropped, but not for cricket."

  • on February 8, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I would love to see dada as Indian coach.. he wud b pretty awesome in building the team!!

  • on February 7, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    For all the hard work and inspiring work DADA has done for the Indian cricket world has not been appreciated so far..if you can pick up Dravid and Laxman for their base prize then I think you should be giving $100000 more to DADA..coz he is not only an experienced cricketer but he is also knows how to lead a team..he bats always better than Laxman..if you see DADA's record in last 3 IPLs then you will come to the conclusion that he definitely deserves a place in IPL..age does not matter if you have the talent and capability..and no talent deserves a humiliation

  • on February 7, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    I love Ganguly as much as any other Bangali, but cricketling logic doesn't dictate that Dada should've been signed. He's nowhere near the force he used to be, and it's sad that he, like lots of other legends before, fail to see that their time has run out when the writing is so clearly on the wall. He should make an excellent coach though, and should concentrate on honing those skills now.

  • NewYorkCricket on February 7, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    What has happened has happened. Kirsten is leaving and there is a place empty. I am rooting for Ganguly as national coach. Any takers?

  • Ishtiak on February 7, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    if you really wanted to play then you shouldn't have raised your base price, no one wants a bench warmer for $400k

  • iammadhu on February 7, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    pawar took revenge against dalmia first, and now ganguly.. if ticket sales hurt for KKR, iam sure mr khan will sing another tune

  • CricketChat on February 7, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Ganguly is done playing. His biggest liability right now is that he is not actively playing in any form of game outside of IPL. He should take a break and think what he wants to do in the Cricket administration. I doubt if he could become a successful coach (he was a self made man) who needs to nurture and be a father figure to his wards. I am surprised that Dravid and Laxman were picked for IPL4 at all. I thought their days in IPL were over after 2010. Anyway, wish them good luck to all three.

  • on February 7, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    really dada is greatest cricketer in world who retire from international cricket after performing best agaist aus(last series which dada play) ,and dada is person who carve dhoni,yuvraj,sehwag,and many other player,i think BCCi give them chance to mentor to team india

  • Cricket_BornForIt on February 7, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    I don't understand Ganguly's anger. He is far too old for being a terrific opener for KKR. All team owner are putting money on players to win the league. Ganguly's game doesn't suit this 20-20 format. He is a legend and that is no doubt but he should gracefully leave this format. I guess his problem is Dravid, Laxman getting picked instead of him.

  • Nampally on February 7, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    I am really surprised that Ganguly is not taken into any of the 10 frachises. Can he not offer his services based on production - such as if I produce 50 runs you pay me $10K or something similar. It looks like taking a stubborn stand will not prove fruitful. With some flexibility in terms of the contract, the results might be forthcoming. Ganguly is still good and deserves a chance in some franchise.

  • Rajesh. on February 7, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    This is what IPL does to you ! One of India's best captains being ignored and kept out of a team by a Celluloid celebrity who knows as much about a game as a common man. But then that's commercialization for you. IPL was made to be like this & if you decide to join the band wagon you should be prepared to be pushed out of it too anytime... Sad but true........ !!

  • JaGggu on February 7, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    At the age of 50 he will say the same thing....No doubt he did a lot for the Indian Cricket team....but he needs to realize itz about time to move on

  • on February 7, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Way to go dada... get into cricket admin.. b CAB president.. produce tens of another gangulys ... so that we can again be mesmerised the way u did us in your prime. A true legend who changed the way india plays cricket!!!!

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    @ K Noorul Ameen :No ur father will be captains AH

  • havocsat on February 7, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    The mental strength of dada is admirable and has always been... wish dada all the very best in all his future innings off the field... we all love u dada...

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Whether you love him or hate him, Ganguly played straight and you can nver accuse him of playing politics! I am sure he was victimised in this case and there is no reason other than non cricketing matters that affected the decision!

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Why should Mumbai,Bangalore and Rajasthan have problem if Kochi was interested in picking Dada?Because according to them Dada was a useless player who was not worth picking in the main auction then he wouldnt have made any difference playing for Kochi.. So flawed logic and it reeks of conspiracy by BCCI and Sharad Pawar group

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Where were you all these days? This is what you are!!! Looking for a place in team (when dhoni was captain), then a place in IPL(under shahrukh)...this is not ur style...good to see you back in form!!!

  • on February 7, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Ganguly's foundation to Indian aggression (Harbhajan, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Nehra, Zaheer) will win the WORLD CUP for India.

    If Rahul Dravid can still play, I think they should play Kapil Dev in tests too.

  • ravithecricbuff on February 7, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Dada TEAM INDIA is your child..what we see today was prepared by you..You are the best Captain India had..and these losers who could not pick you will we losers all the way..especially SRK..He should loose every match now on..I pray and want each and every Bengali and Indian to not support the KKR as they dont deserve our support after doing what they did to you!!

  • on February 7, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    we will miss you dada ..! your our real hero..!

  • on February 7, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Ganguly as the coach of Indian Cricket team? Who should be the captain then? Dravid?

  • RAAJ101 on February 7, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    THAT IS A VERY SAD THING TO HEAR FROM OUR FAVOURITE PLAYER AND EX-INDIAN CAPTAIN.

  • Tiptop32 on February 7, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    What a disgrace by IPL owners especially SRK to ignore the legend Ganguly. All IPL teams especially KKR lost my support from now on. I hate IPL.

  • Kurapati on February 7, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Love ya and Missya DADA!!! Good Luck in whatever you'll be in your future endeavors......

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    come on dada... u r my fav cricketer ... but now u r out of game since 2 yrs and even not playing ranji regularly.. so why some one would invest ( waste ) money on u... as dravid and laxman still playing and gilchrist s far better in performance than u ( atleast deccan chargers performance where he was captain ).... accept these facts... u shd learn frm kumble...as if they picked u up this time then even after 3 season u wld like to play for money.... every thing has right time and u failed to pick up ur right time to exit frm ipl like kumble....so sad end for u..

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Dada - You deserve nothing but respect......

  • givemefood on February 7, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Dada - you would love to coach the Indian Cricket Team? Yeah. I would say toss your hat in the ring. Let the media print your announcement in bold so everyone hears about it. And when they don't even pick your hat for consideration, it will be a repeat of the IPL snub.

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    yaaa its a great and gud decision by sourav,what ever he does is really grt.he is optimistic,self centred,unlike other cricketers he is open hearted.i dont know why people talk about him like that .Every grt leader has gone through that.Only histrory speaks.srk can give his mentor post to some one else.He is not only kolkatta's prince.He is prince of every indian who likes him....sourav we like u and love u...

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    No player has the loyalty whoever is playing in the current Indian cricket team. Dhoni/Baji/Yuvi/sehwag. He has helped to groom too many players. But no one has helped data to IPL. Totally frustrating, Dada could have been treated better. I amn't from kolkatta though.

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    dada was/is and alwayz be my favourite player ever to have graced the field . he is a source of inspiration for many .... there are legends but there will only be one saurav ganguly and no one can even try to replace him .... wish him success in his life <3 u dada !!

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    ridiculous dat many franchises objected da entry of ganguly 2 kochi

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  • on February 7, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    ridiculous dat many franchises objected da entry of ganguly 2 kochi

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    dada was/is and alwayz be my favourite player ever to have graced the field . he is a source of inspiration for many .... there are legends but there will only be one saurav ganguly and no one can even try to replace him .... wish him success in his life <3 u dada !!

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    No player has the loyalty whoever is playing in the current Indian cricket team. Dhoni/Baji/Yuvi/sehwag. He has helped to groom too many players. But no one has helped data to IPL. Totally frustrating, Dada could have been treated better. I amn't from kolkatta though.

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    yaaa its a great and gud decision by sourav,what ever he does is really grt.he is optimistic,self centred,unlike other cricketers he is open hearted.i dont know why people talk about him like that .Every grt leader has gone through that.Only histrory speaks.srk can give his mentor post to some one else.He is not only kolkatta's prince.He is prince of every indian who likes him....sourav we like u and love u...

  • givemefood on February 7, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Dada - you would love to coach the Indian Cricket Team? Yeah. I would say toss your hat in the ring. Let the media print your announcement in bold so everyone hears about it. And when they don't even pick your hat for consideration, it will be a repeat of the IPL snub.

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Dada - You deserve nothing but respect......

  • on February 7, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    come on dada... u r my fav cricketer ... but now u r out of game since 2 yrs and even not playing ranji regularly.. so why some one would invest ( waste ) money on u... as dravid and laxman still playing and gilchrist s far better in performance than u ( atleast deccan chargers performance where he was captain ).... accept these facts... u shd learn frm kumble...as if they picked u up this time then even after 3 season u wld like to play for money.... every thing has right time and u failed to pick up ur right time to exit frm ipl like kumble....so sad end for u..

  • Kurapati on February 7, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Love ya and Missya DADA!!! Good Luck in whatever you'll be in your future endeavors......

  • Tiptop32 on February 7, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    What a disgrace by IPL owners especially SRK to ignore the legend Ganguly. All IPL teams especially KKR lost my support from now on. I hate IPL.

  • RAAJ101 on February 7, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    THAT IS A VERY SAD THING TO HEAR FROM OUR FAVOURITE PLAYER AND EX-INDIAN CAPTAIN.