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.

  • dummy4fb on March 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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..

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal will play in IPL2012 with Sahara Pune Warriors?

  • dummy4fb 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 ;-)

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2012, 16:32 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT

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

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