Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Delhi April 20, 2012

Can Ganguly inspire Pune with bat?

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Match facts

Saturday, April 21, Delhi
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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After losing a tight contest against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday night, Pune Warriors have flown two-and-a-half hours north to Delhi for their third consecutive away game. Warriors made an impressive start in the tournament with three wins out of four, but are now showing signs of homesickness. They have lost three consecutive away games and slipped to the fourth position after being on top for a while. That they are confronting a red-hot Delhi Daredevils team doesn't make their task any easier.

One of the concerns for Warriors is the form of their captain, Sourav Ganguly, who has scored only 85 runs this season. In Chennai, he faced 14 deliveries from the slow bowlers, his perceived area of strength, to score eight runs. He fell to left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati, managing to get the ball as far as mid-off. Against Daredevils, he won't have the luxury of facing much spin. Expect Virender Sehwag to unleash his fast bowlers on Ganguly.

Daredevils were lucky to get away with a win on Thursday against Deccan Chargers. Kevin Pietersen scored an unbeaten century after being dropped thrice while other big names faltered. Although they are at the top of the table, Sehwag would want himself and his team to put up a strong batting display to dispel doubts.

Players to watch

Ashish Nehra returns to his original home ground and his experience of playing at Kotla and with Sehwag will be important when Warriors devise their plans. Nehra made a good comeback in the previous match, picking up two wickets, after his horror last over in Bangalore.

Shahbaz Nadeem is flourishing under Sehwag. He has picked up five wickets in the last two matches while bowling at an economy of four. Nadeem's form has ensured that Daredevils haven't missed Roelof van der Merwe, allowing them to play Ross Taylor in his place.

2011 head-to-head

Daredevils played Warriors twice in 2011. They won a high-scoring game by three wickets in Navi Mumbai and the other was washed out.

Stats and trivia

  • Irfan Pathan has bowled six maiden overs in all seasons of IPL, which is second behind Praveen Kumar's eight
  • Robin Uthappa has 33 dismissals, some way behind Adam Gilchrist who leads the list for most dismissals, 50, in IPL history

    Quotes

    "The leadership he has brought to the team is fantastic. He is highly motivated and he wants to contribute. He is a knock away from showing what a world-class player he was."
    Allan Donald, Warriors' bowling coach, on Sourav Ganguly

    "Facing him in the middle during practice, I found him very hard to hit."
    Kevin Pietersen on Shahbaz Nadeem, the left-arm spinner

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 21, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Well What About today's performance guys? DADA gave u answer with bat and ball. NEver say no to DADA he is a comeback fighter.

  • Sautrik on April 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    OK ganguly hasn't scored big in the last few games. He has got starts although... He just needs to convert them and keep his patience...Its not about him not having it anymore...If dravid, sachin and gilchrist still have it in them, so does he.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Tamim stays at hotel in Pune. Fresh air --- nice rest! PWI losing the games consistently. Tamim will start travelling with the team once PWI will hit almost bottom of the point table. Then he will replace Ryder in the last match of PWI in IPL5!! What a waste of natural talent like Tamim Iqbal!!!!!

  • Juniorklassy on April 21, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    The answer is NO, he is a liability for PWI... his fielding is miserable, and his batting is also below par.. + he is only a Good Captain.. thats it... n he cant win matches like this.. he cant inspire such a team.. PWI need to think about the policies..

  • on April 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Why isn't Tamim Iqbal being given a shot yet??!!

  • on April 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    what the hell with DADA???? Utthappa should come down at 2 and Manis Pandey should at open. Also Tamim should replace Ryder, Because he is batting cross all the time. it will not work.Samuels should be off and Luke Wright need at eleven.DADA lost his concept of cricket, may be poor batting from fall him in that situation.

  • on April 21, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I am very surprise why some1 PPl at the moment still now say also request plz plz get a chance Tamim .... we bangladeshi fan cordially know that his capability what he will do nd he also proved asia cup 4 fifty also PWI training section only i time he proved 37 ball 53 run.... actually i hardly request stopped tamim chapter nd count how match PWI loss the game... Best luck Mr. Ganguly

  • WarriorX on April 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Please correct the article ..Pune hav lost two consecutive away games not three ....come on dada ....Its very important PWI doesnt lose this on...last three games hav ended in last over 4 PWI...

  • isurufdo247 on April 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    mahela shd open da innings with shewag......

  • isurufdo247 on April 21, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    hey guys dnt underestimate mathews....... i knw he is not in his best form bt sure he wil fire 2dy.....

  • on April 21, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Well What About today's performance guys? DADA gave u answer with bat and ball. NEver say no to DADA he is a comeback fighter.

  • Sautrik on April 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    OK ganguly hasn't scored big in the last few games. He has got starts although... He just needs to convert them and keep his patience...Its not about him not having it anymore...If dravid, sachin and gilchrist still have it in them, so does he.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on April 21, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Tamim stays at hotel in Pune. Fresh air --- nice rest! PWI losing the games consistently. Tamim will start travelling with the team once PWI will hit almost bottom of the point table. Then he will replace Ryder in the last match of PWI in IPL5!! What a waste of natural talent like Tamim Iqbal!!!!!

  • Juniorklassy on April 21, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    The answer is NO, he is a liability for PWI... his fielding is miserable, and his batting is also below par.. + he is only a Good Captain.. thats it... n he cant win matches like this.. he cant inspire such a team.. PWI need to think about the policies..

  • on April 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Why isn't Tamim Iqbal being given a shot yet??!!

  • on April 21, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    what the hell with DADA???? Utthappa should come down at 2 and Manis Pandey should at open. Also Tamim should replace Ryder, Because he is batting cross all the time. it will not work.Samuels should be off and Luke Wright need at eleven.DADA lost his concept of cricket, may be poor batting from fall him in that situation.

  • on April 21, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I am very surprise why some1 PPl at the moment still now say also request plz plz get a chance Tamim .... we bangladeshi fan cordially know that his capability what he will do nd he also proved asia cup 4 fifty also PWI training section only i time he proved 37 ball 53 run.... actually i hardly request stopped tamim chapter nd count how match PWI loss the game... Best luck Mr. Ganguly

  • WarriorX on April 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Please correct the article ..Pune hav lost two consecutive away games not three ....come on dada ....Its very important PWI doesnt lose this on...last three games hav ended in last over 4 PWI...

  • isurufdo247 on April 21, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    mahela shd open da innings with shewag......

  • isurufdo247 on April 21, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    hey guys dnt underestimate mathews....... i knw he is not in his best form bt sure he wil fire 2dy.....

  • on April 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    8+7+73+34+9= ryder's score. Still he will be given chance by DADA? Why not tamim instead of JR. I found BD players are not getting equal chance like other foreigners. Shakib became mom then his performance was not good but also not bad in the next game. Stilll he has been axed. This is not equal opportunity IPL at least.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 21, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    DD, all the way. Am sure Delhi will win with atleast 50 runs margin if they bat first. I only hope that rather than Pieterson, Jayawardene, Sehwag ( though he is yet to fire, not in this match), some young indian fires today & make a triple digit no. If bowling, i expect aaron in given a chance & gets 5 wicket haul today. Morkel, Umesh ---- Save your energy for the big matches. Nadeem continue the way u are doing. DD.....DD.......

  • on April 21, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Glory Glory Virender BRUTAL Sehwag ! Glory Glory Delhi DareDevils ! GO for the KILL Devils !

  • squarepeg on April 21, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Pune has a good team but unless DD batsmen fail, PWI can only finish second. Tamim is worth a try in place of mathews, that allows Dada to come lower down. Just that the bowling power of Pune without Dinda looks very thin.

  • on April 21, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    PWI.Timim should be automatic choice now.I will go for Tamim, Ryder, Smith, Samuels.I am sure yet another loss is waiting for PWI.One day you guys will realize what a great mistake not to playing Tamim early in the stage.Mind it.I hope I will get you when match will be over. After Ryder playing 5 or 6 match than suddenly get a half century will never help PWI.

  • Deepak_Toronto on April 21, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I support DD but I am a great fan of DADA too.I think PWI should chnage the batting order.RYDER AND UTTHAPA are both aggressive players so chnaces of hot or miss are 50-50.DADA should bring in TAMIM and Luke Wright.Here is the batting order: 1.Tamim 2. Ryder 3. Manish Pandey 4. Utthapa 5. Dada 6. Smith 7. Luke Wright 8. murli kathik 9. Dinda 10.Nehra 11. Rahul sharma

  • on April 21, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Best of luck to DD, we're gonna thrash the opposition, like always. Though, personally, i'd like to see Unmukt Chand being given a chance. He scored a century in Aus recently and is in good form. I know all batsmen in current lineup are good and would be unfair to replace any of them, but if he clicks, then we can afford to drop one of the foreign batsmen (KP/MJ/RT) to further strengthen our bowling on flat pitches or as per the need of the hour. Also hope to see Aaron fit soon, cuz Agarkar is perhaps the only weak link in the current lineup. Also, bowling alongside Morkel, he can learn a lot and be a good future prospect for Indian cricket too.

  • on April 21, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    is dinda playn today??? i feel we shdnt criticise any1 its team game.. yes ada needs to perform but it has to be understood he s carryn an injury.. hope dada scores n pune wins but most important dinda shd play and smith shd bowl... there needs to be a change in team composition.. manish hsnt taken his chances evn mathews place needs a relook..

  • Indian_55 on April 21, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Ganguly was a good captain.. but now he is not in a position to contribute. He must stepdown, in the interest of the team.

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Hai , i am a diehard fan of ganguly , no one have right 2 blame about dada nd no one knows what is dada's next plan nd why he didnt take tamil bcoz after the half end of the ipl all the team will know how to easily get the wicket of the pwi openers, at this situation , dada will replace tamim nd luke wright , nd another reason is ryder shows aggression in the last 3 matches nd 3 players including jessie r all rounder , pune's main strength is , they have some gud all rounders nd steven smith is in full form so tamim have no chance bcoz he is not an allrounder u know , when pwi needs tamim dada will surely take him guys dont worry tamim fans :) dada always rockzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz b proud 2 b a dada fan ,, pray for him .

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    @K.a.l.i.n.g.a.....Ganguly is much better bowler than JR.After playing 5 or 6 match than suddenly get a half century will never help PWI.They need a consistent performer on the top.If JR will play today it will be a great foolishness & I am sure yet another loss is waiting for PWI.One day you guys will realize what a great mistake not to playing Tamim early in the stage.Mind it.I hope I will get you when match will be over.

  • on April 21, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    the way nadeem bowled in the last two games taking 5 wickets was really a world class spinning technique from him.he deserves a chance in the world cup t-20 this year.

  • shakhor on April 21, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I will go for Tamim, Ryder, Smith, Samuels if slow pitch If fast pitch: Tamim, Ryder, Mathews/Wright, Parnell

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    sehwag must fire today along with jayawardane....if both of them find their form DD will find themselve on top and that all DD fans want..and in bowling my bagh(tiger-morkel) is bowling with lots of energy and produces some serious pace which help umesh yadav to settle himself and find himself among the wickets and agarkar must be dropped nd varun aarun is better option and can generate good pace...he got very good platform to learn from morkel.....now ganguli must hv retired from cricket because he is losing his cradencials what he got from cricket he is agood captain and remain good due his skills and aggeration lets watch sehwag n ganguli encounter today

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I think time now to change the team PWI.Timim should be automatic choice now.I have no doubt about Dada captaincy.We all know his past.But at present his Bating form is really poor.In T20 momentum is very important.When you come to the crease & keep blocking it will create pressure to the whole team.

  • DADA1234 on April 21, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Dada is a good batsman and good captain ,present team was good except bowling ,dada please change bowlers ,dinda is in form ,i hope dinda is back

  • muh189 on April 21, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    no wonder KP found the left arm spin o f Nadeem hard to face

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Should Tamim Get One Chance To Prove Himself...Also Luke Wright For Mathews...

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 21, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @ Shimul Hasnath...... Brother we agree Tamim has been scored 4 half centuries in a row but those are one dayz where 1st 15 overs are powerplay, he should not be compared with Jesse who on his day can become a nightmare for opposition bowlers, he can bowl couple of decent overs and a brilliant fielder. So there is no question dropping Jesse and bring Tamim, if so happens that will b a foolishness. DADA won't do that. I do want Tamim to get a chance to prove himself but B4 2 dat PWI should get 18 points on the board.

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I have a question,related to the contribution of Angello Matthews in KKR and PWI. Parnell should be in, in the place of Mattews.

  • on April 21, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Guys, i am not trying to compete with views of non ganguly fans. I am just sharing my views with other ganguly fans like me. Ganguly - He is always at his best. 3 boundaries in the over of Bollinger. I really prayed him not to play a lofted shot at the time rather just time the ball. I hope this match will see ganguly at his best. It is the hope of several millions of fan like me. He is always a great Lead. He changed indian team and show the world the best of indian team. 2nd in the WC2003, just see the results of the series. India doesnt loose any match except australia. So inida is always deserved to get to that position in WC2003(that too in a foreign land). Do anyone remember the last series before WC2003. it was against newzealand(the worst defeat for the indian team) but see the transition from such a defeat to WC runners. The transition is no way comparable to present players. The transition is needed for PWI and DADA did it. I am proud to say to be a DADA Fan.

  • on April 21, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    I think pandey should open d innings with tamim iqbal....they can give a good start and uthappa can finish off d innings well...gangly should bat lower order during 9 to15overs wr he can get some runs on his belt....he can't able to score runs for morkel n yadav....at last i think DD ll goin to win d match.

  • on April 21, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Ryder - Shows a aggression in the opening. Samuels - Good sometimes in the bat and have better contribution with ball. Smith - No one can say a single word negative of the contribution of him.

    Mathews - not good in bat as well as ball. he can be replaced with either Tamim / Murali Karthick.

    Reasons for Tamil : Uthappa needs to be in position 4 or 5. he is a good middle order batsmen. Ryder and Tamim combo will always be big blast against any opposition.

    Reasons for Murali : He is always a consistent bowler. We cannot expect always rahul to have a economical bowling rate in all the matches. Another consistent bowler like murali will surely bring the PWI major power(bowling) back to the initial matches where they can always restrict the opposition.

    Apart from this all the players are doing their role well in the playing 11. It is always difficult for captain/coach/management to disturb such a contribution.

    This is my opinion. Others if have any opinions please do share.

  • vaikuuuuuuuuuuuu on April 21, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    well DADA i know you r gr8 player...but need of hour is that you shoultd bat at no.10.so that rest of them can play weell............... one more thing make uthappa play at 7 where he can afford to make rash shot. what is the need to do that in power play...makin rash shot....

  • pai11 on April 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    on thing to ponder over my friends. about 1/3rd of IPL is over. this was supposed to bring into limelight fresh talents for the national squad. and this will definitely be the benchmark for selection for the t20 world cup to be held later this year. but to date there hasn't been even a single inspirational performance from any fast bowlers from India (apart from Umesh Yadav to certain extent). Zaheer, Vinay, Nehra, P.Kumar have all flopped. Dinda, Munaf are not consistent. so where are the bowlers to tame the Gayles, devilliers, Pietersens in the World Cup?????

  • pai11 on April 21, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @ Senthil Kumar: get your stats right before posting mate.. the examples that you have given have performed better than DADA in this IPL. Dravid-152 runs at strike rate of 111.76 in 6 matches. Gilly 99 runs at SR of 116.47 in 5 matches. Sangakkara 59 runs in 3 matches at SR of 101.72. DADA 85 runs in 6 matches at SR of 102.41!!! so all your examples have performed better than DADA atleast until now... and as far as Warne goes, there were enough posts asking him to hang his boots last year.. I bet you did not go through them last year..

  • on April 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    ppl who are wondering what Tamim is doing here and if he is not playing he should head back home? what should he do after he gets back home......? wait for the non existant pak series?

  • pai11 on April 21, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    hope DD will bat first. they must experience it and test themselves as to how good they are before knock-out stages...

  • Rezaul on April 21, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    I would say drop Ryder and Mathews both are at off form. Bring in Tamim/Farguson, Luke Wright. Its not a bad idea to try different proposition when you see that existing set up is not working.

  • sumeet.sk on April 21, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Y Ganguly have taken Tamim ? Does he know that thr are other GOOD indian players who want to prove and make their impact.

  • on April 21, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    ganguly at best can play anchor role with his limited energies as of now but his attitude will always propel him to stand upfront. But need to control this as its disaster for the team. morkel is hard nut to crack for warriors and most of the other teams. others can be handled, PW better watch out and work in a strategy for him.

    all the best dada. But DD looks to sweep off the carpet under pw feet.

  • on April 21, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    dada is a great captain india has ever prduced but if he really is a true captain he should step down to let a youngster in(if dada fails in the nxt couple of matches).The main reason for this is that IPL is for indian YOUNGSTERS!!!!

  • on April 21, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    All I wanted to ask is what did Adam Gilchrist do for Kings XI in both last as well as this season except for his captaincy ? No one talks about dropping Gilly? What did Shane Warne do in his last two years in the IPL (he performed only in the first 2) ? Is Rahul doing anything spectacular with his bat (I think he just played one good innings so far) ? Kumar Sangakarra a big failure with the bat for DC in both the last season as well as this season. None bothers about these non performing captains. Why only Ganguly ? The fact is if you take away Ganguly, there is none to lead Pune Warriors at the moment. Having said that, if Ganguly keeps performing badly with the bad, he must volunteer to step down once Clarke is available and Clarke can lead the side to glory with such a talented side with key T20 players like Ryder, Uttappa, Smith, Matthews, Wright, Tamim, Pandey and Manhas.

  • on April 21, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    4 half century in a row in ASIA cup against all strong bowling line up.He was in great from.One of the best aggressive opening batsman in the world.His bating is really ideal for T20.But he do not get a chance to make his debut in IPL.I know he is Bangladeshi.Not fair at all.

  • pai11 on April 21, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Dada vs M.Morkel !!!!!!! I would love to see this contest...

  • on April 21, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Shouldn't TAMIM get a chance ? Then he should must return in Home . Just give Tamim a chance & replace Ryder please .

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on April 21, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Jesse Ryder played one good innings and also if not for SMITH they would lose the game. Cant see JR playing more games but if he does, PW gonna lose

  • gannyboy on April 21, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    With the kind of pace attack that DD has Dada simply cannot bat in the top 5 if the PW are to win and Mattews needs to be dropped may be bring in Wright or Tamim. Wright would be a much better choice though considering the Kotla wicket.

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 20, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    DADA always rocks...he has been inspirational in the way he has led PWI so far in the IPL-5 and under captaincy of DADA i trust PWI will reach the semis... i would love to see Mohnish Mishra in playing11... My PWI 11 for delhi match in batting order:-

    1.Jesse 2.Mohnish Mishra/Manish Pandey 3.DADA 4.Uthappa 5.Samuels 6.Mathwes 7.Smith 8.Sachin Rana/ Bhubaneshwar Kumar 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Ashok Dinda 11.Asish Nehra

    According to me "Jesse and Mishra/Pandey can open, if jesse loses his wicket thn Uthappa can step in if Mishra/Pandey goes thn DADA can come in 1 down to stable the innings, rest batsmans can come in an order given above."

  • on April 20, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    doesn't matter how much ppl cry over DADA's form... he will still play... bcoz Pune need a captain(hope yuvi play for pune next year)... i wud suggest LUKE Wright playing instead of mathews... he can bowl at same pace as of mathews and is far better batsman dan him and samuels....

  • on April 20, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    My personal preference is Luke Wright ahead of Samuels depending on availability. Also, keep playing Pandey, he'll pay off. Tamim can replace Ryder only and dropping Ryder sans injury won't look good given his recent performance.

  • on April 20, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Ryder, Ganguly, Samuels, Uthappa, Mathews, Pandey, Smith... It should be the order. Ganguly's role should be anchoring. Samuels, Uthappa and Mathews are batsmen who need time to set. Must be up the order. Pandey and Smith are finishers. Pandey can be used against spin attack. He handles well. Rahul sharma, nehra, dinda and karthik. 2 spinners on Kotla. Karthik must nt b dropped with 5 rt handed up the order for DD. All d best Dada

  • rubelewu on April 20, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    this is the time to make change..it's may be PWI's batting order or can be with some players...now they can give a chance 2 tamim,i know he is a ban player but truth is that he is in form ..so give him a chance in place of JR...and DADA pls don't bat at num3 position..u r making things complicated in that position...i guess u don't need to bat...ur top 5 6 batsman can do the job...take the exmp of last game ..what have u done ..in the middle period u did't able 2 run as well as couldn't able to hit the boundaries...and u made it quit difficult 4 the rest of the batters...

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 20, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    I have a feeling Mathews's batting is not effectively used. He's a strong batting all rounder but he coming at 7 doesn't do any good. I hope he gets chance to bat at least at 5.

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Pune's days in the sun are over, they will keep sliding down the table. Only in cricket's glorious uncertainty can PWI see a slim chance of an upset, but it won't be because Saurav might play well. His playing days are over.

  • montys_muse on April 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Not sure why so much commotion over Ganguly's form. He scored a century for Bengal recently in the Ranji trophy. So there are still runs in him. Its only after he retired that his importance in the batting order was realised. Nobody has really sealed the spot in the Test side vacated by Ganguly.

  • Indiaforever on April 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Pune are wasting a great talent in Tamim Iqbal. They should play him at the top of the order and get rid of Jesse Ryder or move Uthappa down the order and get rid of one of their other foreign players.

  • cric_1979 on April 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Sourav hitting runs anymore is a joke, Yep i agree he was a very good batsmen, that is past, his time is gone. May be uthappa/Ryder/samuels/smith may have to bat really sensible to take PWI home, else i do not think sourav alone can take PWI home like what gayle is doing for RCB, so folks stop talking about sourav and encourage the youngsters........,

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Tamim in place of Sourav? Who will lead the side then? Do you have a leader? Sourav is the best captain currently playing the IPL from all the teams. Period.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 20, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @नमस्ते यहाँ रवि: one freak knock in 10 matches does not count (i doubt whether ganguly will play even a single match winning knock for PWI). tamim should be given an opportunity to play in place if ganguly.

  • on April 20, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    What the author hasn't said is that ganguly hit 3 fours of bollinger's over vs CSK. So even if he doesn't get much spin it won't be a huge matter of concern to him.He has to score now to make PWI win irrespective of the bowling attack.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    sourav ganguly is not out of form. the truth is he is well past his expiry date, and has absolutely no cricket left in him (unlike Rahul Dravid, SRT). he should be replaced with immediate effect by Tamim at the top, if PWI want their fortunes turned around.

  • on April 20, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Saurav is a very good batsman and a very good captain. People have forgotten all his records as a batsman and as well as captain. Saurav will definitely play a great knock in this DLF IPL soon. He just wants a good start thats it.

    Saurav Hit the Ball out of Park like in 1999 World Cup against Sri Lanka. All the Best.

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  • on April 20, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Saurav is a very good batsman and a very good captain. People have forgotten all his records as a batsman and as well as captain. Saurav will definitely play a great knock in this DLF IPL soon. He just wants a good start thats it.

    Saurav Hit the Ball out of Park like in 1999 World Cup against Sri Lanka. All the Best.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    sourav ganguly is not out of form. the truth is he is well past his expiry date, and has absolutely no cricket left in him (unlike Rahul Dravid, SRT). he should be replaced with immediate effect by Tamim at the top, if PWI want their fortunes turned around.

  • on April 20, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    What the author hasn't said is that ganguly hit 3 fours of bollinger's over vs CSK. So even if he doesn't get much spin it won't be a huge matter of concern to him.He has to score now to make PWI win irrespective of the bowling attack.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 20, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @नमस्ते यहाँ रवि: one freak knock in 10 matches does not count (i doubt whether ganguly will play even a single match winning knock for PWI). tamim should be given an opportunity to play in place if ganguly.

  • on April 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Tamim in place of Sourav? Who will lead the side then? Do you have a leader? Sourav is the best captain currently playing the IPL from all the teams. Period.

  • cric_1979 on April 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Sourav hitting runs anymore is a joke, Yep i agree he was a very good batsmen, that is past, his time is gone. May be uthappa/Ryder/samuels/smith may have to bat really sensible to take PWI home, else i do not think sourav alone can take PWI home like what gayle is doing for RCB, so folks stop talking about sourav and encourage the youngsters........,

  • Indiaforever on April 20, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Pune are wasting a great talent in Tamim Iqbal. They should play him at the top of the order and get rid of Jesse Ryder or move Uthappa down the order and get rid of one of their other foreign players.

  • montys_muse on April 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Not sure why so much commotion over Ganguly's form. He scored a century for Bengal recently in the Ranji trophy. So there are still runs in him. Its only after he retired that his importance in the batting order was realised. Nobody has really sealed the spot in the Test side vacated by Ganguly.

  • secondopinion on April 20, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Pune's days in the sun are over, they will keep sliding down the table. Only in cricket's glorious uncertainty can PWI see a slim chance of an upset, but it won't be because Saurav might play well. His playing days are over.

  • LAKINGSFAN on April 20, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    I have a feeling Mathews's batting is not effectively used. He's a strong batting all rounder but he coming at 7 doesn't do any good. I hope he gets chance to bat at least at 5.