IPL 2012 March 23, 2012

Ganguly to lead Sahara Pune Warriors

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will be leading Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL's fifth season in the absence of the injured Yuvraj Singh. Ganguly, who joined the Warriors in the second half of their campaign last year, had already been appointed as a mentor by the franchise and will be involved in multi-tasking in the absence of a head coach.

"His experience will count for the team in the absence of Yuvraj," Abhijit Sarkar, corporate head at Sahara group that owns the franchise, told ESPNcricinfo. "We need someone who can motivate the team. And Ganguly is active as a player and he can perform the leadership duties better than someone sitting on the bench outside the field," Sarkar said. Former Australia opener Geoff Marsh, who was Warriors' head coach last year, had to leave after the franchise decided not to renew his contract.

The Warriors, who were involved in a bitter dispute with the BCCI, ahead of the IPL players' auction, have brought the South African pair of Allan Donald and Paddy Upton to the coaching bench. Donald, the former South African fast-bowling spearhead, will be the bowling coach while Upton, who was part of Gary Kirsten's coaching staff for India till last year's World Cup, will serve as mental-skills coach while simultaneously performing the duties of a fielding coach and also a trainer.

One of the team officials said Ganguly was the biggest name on the team roaster in the absence of Yuvraj and he had the capability of bringing together players from different continents and make them work for one goal. "To get the best out of international players and domestic Indian players and make them work for one goal is a difficult task and someone like Ganguly, a former India captain, who has a lot of respect was in a good position to do it," the official said. Also, he felt, Ganguly's experience at Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three years of the IPL, would allow him to perform the leadership role easily .

Meanwhile the Warriors' squad will start their camp from March 26 at their new home ground in Pune. Upton will multi-task as fielding coach, mental skills coach and even as a trainer.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ZsZs on March 26, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I would not call Tamim Iqbal great. He has done alright. He has never one a game for Bangladesh. No one can call him a match-winner by the farthest stretch of the imagination. He fails to convert scores, his conversion ratio is 12%! He claims he is young and learning, but I've only seen him grand-standing.

  • ZsZs on March 26, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Best Wishes to Ganguly, and I hope he will make Dinda a more of a legend and bring him more to the forefront of Indian cricket. Best wishes to them both.

  • on March 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    MY SUPPORT WITH DADA.............................................................................

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    tamim iqbal is great player.michael cleark ,sourav ganguly is also good player.now pune has belongs is a top classical team.

  • on March 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    any one have dare to face DADA...? No one...bcs he is the captain us forever who given the winnig sprit to India..

  • on March 25, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal will play in IPL2012 with Sahara Pune Warriors?

  • on March 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    we are waiting for enjoy the attacking Dada again, with his bat & brain, Tamim could be the assets of PWI, Best of luck- PWI.

  • Wild_Type on March 25, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Ganguly is the biggest name on the team roaster? Ouch, doesn't sound like a fun job to me. Hope he gets paid well ... it appears the Cricinfo editors aren't ;-)

  • on March 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    the best choice for pune warriers as a caption dada is the best.

  • on March 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    YUVI will be Back SOON... i hope DADA is in form..!!

  • ZsZs on March 26, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I would not call Tamim Iqbal great. He has done alright. He has never one a game for Bangladesh. No one can call him a match-winner by the farthest stretch of the imagination. He fails to convert scores, his conversion ratio is 12%! He claims he is young and learning, but I've only seen him grand-standing.

  • ZsZs on March 26, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Best Wishes to Ganguly, and I hope he will make Dinda a more of a legend and bring him more to the forefront of Indian cricket. Best wishes to them both.

  • on March 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    MY SUPPORT WITH DADA.............................................................................

  • on March 26, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    tamim iqbal is great player.michael cleark ,sourav ganguly is also good player.now pune has belongs is a top classical team.

  • on March 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    any one have dare to face DADA...? No one...bcs he is the captain us forever who given the winnig sprit to India..

  • on March 25, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal will play in IPL2012 with Sahara Pune Warriors?

  • on March 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    we are waiting for enjoy the attacking Dada again, with his bat & brain, Tamim could be the assets of PWI, Best of luck- PWI.

  • Wild_Type on March 25, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Ganguly is the biggest name on the team roaster? Ouch, doesn't sound like a fun job to me. Hope he gets paid well ... it appears the Cricinfo editors aren't ;-)

  • on March 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    the best choice for pune warriers as a caption dada is the best.

  • on March 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    YUVI will be Back SOON... i hope DADA is in form..!!

  • on March 25, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    No one can Beat PWI... Bcz DADA.

  • on March 25, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Tamim will be the Pune's lighthouse.

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    PWI took the right decision.....

  • on March 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    I think Sourav Ganguly is the Best man to lead pune..All the Best Dada

  • on March 24, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    I am eager to see a dada again captain role. so far he is one and only best captain for india. His experience sure help for pune team.

  • on March 24, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    DADA is the captain who was given a scribbled slate and turn it into an ART,, and thats what he has done to indian team.. the achievement flowing in nowadays are once because of the seeds sowed by the greatest Indian Captain of all time...

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Hi Thala(Head) Welocme Back...We are waiting to see your capataihsip..You were the best of the captains of india so far...hope u will build the Pune team just like how you built India...All the best....

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Ganguly is not hitter like gayle or sehwag or cann't rotate strike like even rayadu or suman pwi are wasting him by sending him to bat at no 3 he may good mentor definitely not good batmen for t20 and we all know about his skills he used to stop boundary while fielding

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Why are the Indian Franchises picking Sri Lankan players... Everyone has seen what they did to team India in Asia cup n even the Dilshan Randiv episode is not forgotten..

  • asirigamage on March 23, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    why don;t you guys not picking farveez maharoof. he is a excellent t player. he bowled very well to the lancheshire too

  • on March 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Dada is the best captain in the history of indian cricket.He is experienced&he knows the matter very well how to manage all these things and make them work to achieve the goal which is they are exactly looking for.All the very best to the prince of kolkata.........

  • on March 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Please update Pune Warriors Squad with Sourav Ganguly as captain.....

  • on March 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    with dada as pune's captain now the team looks bit competetively stronger to other teams in this ipl!!!!!dada is in good form rite now if he carries that form in ipl...every1 knows what he can achieve!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 23, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Dada always Rocks...We are waiting for this news to come...Please play well and guide the team to victory in this tournament...

  • on March 23, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    It looks to be a good decision with amount of experience Ganguly has as skipper, but looking at various elements, I would have preferred giving captaincy to some youngster instead. Right time to groom some new young player as skipper on similar lines how Gambhir is KKR's skipper

  • NatsuWay on March 23, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Guys, Pune is allowed the compensation of playing 5 foreign players in the squad, subject to the consent of the other 8 franchises.So select your team wisely, n hope Pune will turn on the tides this time around !

  • Narbavi on March 23, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Its hard to believe sourav will be there in the playing 11, let alone the captaincy!!

  • on March 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    where is my comment?????????????????????????

  • on March 23, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    UTHAPPA, RYDER, MK PANDEY, GANGULY, FERGUSON, (MATHEWS/ HOPES), SAMUELS, RAHUL SHARMA, ASHISH NEHRA, DINDA, This should be the team

    Later on in the tournament, Mohnish mishra should be rotated with mk pandey, parnell and wright with samuels and mk karthik with rahul sharma.

  • on March 23, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    they gonna miss matthews again , and matthews gonna miss 1M again,

  • on March 23, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I think the PWI team should be this: 1. Ryder/Smith 2. Pandey 3. Ganguly 4. Samuels 5. Uthappa 6. Mathews (can play Hopes/Wright till he is available) 7. Manhas 8. Parnell 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Nehra 11. Dinda......... This is decent and although quite a bit weaker than CSK and MI, it can compete as Dada;s captaincy will help get the best out of the players

  • Scrop on March 23, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I dont think Pune are at disadvantage at all with the type of squad they have

    J Ryder/G Smith, M Pandey, S Ganguly, R Uthappa, M Samuels, C Ferguson, A Mathews/A Thomas, Ashok Dinda, A Nehra, M Karthik, R Sharma

    Apart from these, they have

    N McCullum, W Parnell, M Manhas, J Hopes, S Smith, M Mishra and some local talents as well.

    With Dada as captain, I expect them to do much better than the last time and give other teams a good run.

  • on March 23, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Kkr will easily beat pwi for sure Pwi is not strong enough comparing other teams ganguly can only score 40 ball 50 which cann't change the course of t20 matches

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 23, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Dada is a good captain. He can show Selfish Sachin that captainship involves thinking about others too, not just yourself.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    all the best dada...........................

  • class9ryan on March 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Nice 2 c DADA in action again........ But i still don't think Warriors can turn it around without YUVI because of so many strong sides in d league-mi,rcb,csk,dd....... But happy that there would b some action at PUNE.

  • arunsidd on March 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    its gonna be treat for all DADA fans all over the world. Pune night not be the favorites to win the cup but they have good leader now and hope they win it for yuvraj singh. the match between kkr and pune gonna be more exciting.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Go Warriors go.. ..players like robin,rahul they just need perform to there potential success will follow....

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    And here is what the franchise owner said of Dada: "We are extremely proud that Sourav Ganguly is the captain and mentor of Pune Warriors India in this season of the IPL. I am sure that his experience, expertise and deep understanding of the nuances of the game will definitely infuse an exemplary spirit of passion and commitment amongst the members of the team," Sahara supremo Subrata Roy was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the franchise.

    Cricinfo missed that?

  • 9ST9 on March 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    oh it's that time of year again is it?

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    i think pune warriors should include TAMIM IQBAL TO THIER SQUAD.

  • the_wallster on March 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Anyone would be better than Yuvraj as captain. Last year he was embarassing. Disinterested, languid, and performed badly on the field. They had the best crop of players last year and finished bottom. Dada won't perform with that bat, but should be able to get close to the best out of the players.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I new it...Dada is only option to be the captain of PWI.....Dada will rock and PWI win the IPL-5

  • Nuxxy on March 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Before people jump on the "He's too old" bandwagon, Pune needed this. And just because he's in the squad doesn't mean he will play every game. Great news for Pune though.

  • Auromir on March 23, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Tiger has become old. He can be a good mentor and adviser for the team and give chance to young Indian Players

  • on March 23, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Its gonna be a massive turn out for dada fans.. excited to see Dada in action again.. that too as a skipper... good luck warriors..

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  • on March 23, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Its gonna be a massive turn out for dada fans.. excited to see Dada in action again.. that too as a skipper... good luck warriors..

  • Auromir on March 23, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Tiger has become old. He can be a good mentor and adviser for the team and give chance to young Indian Players

  • Nuxxy on March 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Before people jump on the "He's too old" bandwagon, Pune needed this. And just because he's in the squad doesn't mean he will play every game. Great news for Pune though.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I new it...Dada is only option to be the captain of PWI.....Dada will rock and PWI win the IPL-5

  • the_wallster on March 23, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Anyone would be better than Yuvraj as captain. Last year he was embarassing. Disinterested, languid, and performed badly on the field. They had the best crop of players last year and finished bottom. Dada won't perform with that bat, but should be able to get close to the best out of the players.

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    i think pune warriors should include TAMIM IQBAL TO THIER SQUAD.

  • 9ST9 on March 23, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    oh it's that time of year again is it?

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    And here is what the franchise owner said of Dada: "We are extremely proud that Sourav Ganguly is the captain and mentor of Pune Warriors India in this season of the IPL. I am sure that his experience, expertise and deep understanding of the nuances of the game will definitely infuse an exemplary spirit of passion and commitment amongst the members of the team," Sahara supremo Subrata Roy was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the franchise.

    Cricinfo missed that?

  • on March 23, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Go Warriors go.. ..players like robin,rahul they just need perform to there potential success will follow....

  • arunsidd on March 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    its gonna be treat for all DADA fans all over the world. Pune night not be the favorites to win the cup but they have good leader now and hope they win it for yuvraj singh. the match between kkr and pune gonna be more exciting.