IPL news May 3, 2011

Ganguly joins Pune Warriors

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has been signed by Pune Warriors as a replacement for Ashish Nehra, who was ruled out for the remainder of the 2011 season with a finger injury. Ganguly's contract is for a period of one year and is an IPL lifeline to the batsman after he went unsold at the player auction in January, where his base price was $400,000.

Ganguly will be vice-captain to Yuvraj Singh and is likely to join the Pune squad ahead of their match against Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Stadium on May 4.

"We were waiting for Ashish Nehra's fitness report and ultimately the report came yesterday," Abhijit Sarkar, Pune's team director, told PTI. "I was already in talks with Ganguly and we decided that the amount of experience that Sourav has in cricket will no doubt help the team. So we finalised Ganguly last night.

"He is playing in IPL not for money but to prove a point. Our team think-tank felt that Sourav Ganguly is the best possible option available so we went for him. He has been a fighter and a master of comebacks. We are very much confident that he will prove his worth."

Ganguly played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three seasons of the IPL and led the team in two of them, while Brendon McCullum was captain for the other. Kolkata fared poorly in those years and are the only franchise not to make the semi-finals. Kolkata did not bid for Ganguly in January despite his name coming up for sale twice, as they revamped their squad entirely, and the batsman later refused a mentoring role with the franchise.

Pune Warriors are bottom of the ten-team league at present, having lost six consecutive matches after winning their first two. Ganguly has an average IPL record - 1031 runs at an average of 28 and strike-rate of 110 - and could strengthen an under-performing and short batting order.

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  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    dada cant do any new magic. Pune is now knocking door to go out of the race for IPL4 Title, for what he has been selected by Pune? Waste of Money.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    dada will give difference to pune i hope kolkata days counting know i pray god he will give the best performence

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    Gone are the days ! Gangaly in Cricket is a past. Better go for any Fresh blood who can do a bit of Fielding in T20.

  • P on May 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Wish ganguli all the best. he is one of the fab 5, n shudnt fade away with a whimper. he has left his best days behind, and his test record as captain and also batsman, had dropped in later stages. hope he has kept himself fit n regains his gift of timing. But i really dont know what he has to prove... that he can still play 3 yrs of t20?

  • pushparaj on May 5, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Pune still have thin chance to make in to semifinal. 1- Pune win all remining matchs with good runrate. 2 - mumbai win all remaining matchs 3 - kolkata win 4 out of 5 matchs 4 - rajasthan win Only kochi.loss all other matchs 5 - delhi loss to mumbai and cheenai 6 - deccan loss to delhi and mumbai. 7 - kochi loss to pune and cheenai 8 - bangalore loss 4 matchs.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Dada or no Dada, won't make any difference for Pune, they are almost out!

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    saurav s the man who gave a shape to indian cricket team he s the best no doubts about it he s always been the man who enjoyed taking risks a real responsible person n if india has won world cup its just because of this man stars that r shining today were placed in the sky by this man. if v look at the team pune even after havin so many talented players lik mos yuvi,ryder smith etc one of the reasons for their failure can be the pressur on the shoulders of the captain lets c wat difference can DADA make with both his bat n most importantly the mental support for the captain once he is in am sure there wil be tonns coming out from yuvi's balla.. like always its an opportunity for DADA to earn his respect..

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly is a Tiger He is a fighter he will come back to help Pune Warriors He is a great captain to build a team & how to attack when to attack. He is great role model after master blaster Sachin Ramesh Tendular. Sourav & Tendulkar are the best attacking opening player like Sawag & Tendulkar

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    dying to c ganguly back on field... bst of luck sourav. change the game for PWI

  • Sriram on May 4, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Presence of Dada might help in resurgence of Pune. They might not come to playoffs. But they might finish at the mid-table!

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