Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Eden Gardens

Ganguly returns to Eden as opposition

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

May 4, 2012

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Match facts

Saturday, May 5, Kolkata
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

An emotional fan runs into the field to touch Sourav Ganguly's feet during his comeback innings, Deccan Chargers v Pune Warriors, IPL 2011, Hyderabad, April 10, 2011
Kolkata fans' dilemma - Sourav Ganguly or home team? © AFP

Big Picture

Although it is just one of the IPL's innumerable league games, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors at Eden Gardens has attracted special attention because of one player. Sourav Ganguly is coming home, ironically as captain of the away team. He is capable of rousing the passionate Eden Gardens crowd to feverish levels; his iconic status in Kolkata is comparable to Sachin Tendulkar's in Mumbai. Ganguly's return is expected to test the loyalties of the fans: home team or local legend?

If the India-South Africa ODI in 2005 is any indicator, Knight Riders could find parts of Eden Gardens cheering the opposition captain. Back then, during the height of the Ganguly-Chappell fracas, India were booed because Ganguly had been dropped from the squad. He was snubbed in the 2011 auction by Knight Riders and a similar scenario this time is not improbable, but passions may have cooled like Ganguly form has waned.

Ganguly, and Warriors, need all the inspiration they can get. They are second from bottom in the league, having lost six out of their previous seven games. In their most recent loss, to Mumbai, Warriors failed to chase 121, with Ganguly struggling to 16 off 24 balls. However, any revival against the most economical bowling attack this season will require resolve: Sunil Narine, the Knight Riders spinner, has taken 12 wickets and has an economy of 5.53, the second best after Lasith Malinga. But Warriors' hopes lie in plotting the fall of Knight Riders' batting, which has lacked substantial contributions from everyone except Gautam Gambhir. With another Bengal cricketer, Ashok Dinda, back to fitness Warriors' bowling attack is better equipped to trouble Knight Riders.

The home team has been in good form coming into this game - four wins in a row - and they would aim to stay close to Delhi Daredevils at the top of the table. The stage is set for Ganguly's homecoming but fans will need to hope that the weather stays clear.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed games)

Pune Warriors: LLLLW
Kolkata Knight Riders: WWWWL

Players to watch

Gautam Gambhir, the Knight Riders captain, has scored 365 runs with four half-centuries, and he has done it at strike-rate of 143.70, while his other hard-hitting teammates have struggled to force the pace.

Michael Clarke is new to the Warriors camp but he is expected to turn things around for a struggling team. He looked comfortable in his first two two games, but he will want to convert those starts. His class against spin could be key to negotiating a tricky Knight Riders attack.

Stats and trivia

  • Sourav Ganguly has scored 496 runs in IPL matches in Kolkata at an average of 41.33. In IPL 2010 alone he scored 331 at an average of 55.16.
  • Yusuf Pathan has hit 77 sixes in his IPL career. However, only three of them have come this season.
  • Knight Riders' bowling is the most economical this season, giving away only 6.79 runs per over. Warriors are fourth with an economy of 7.61.


    "Any match at Eden Gardens is my home match"
    Sourav Ganguly

    "If we're winning without him contributing much, it's a good sign for the team"
    Gautam Gambhir on Yusuf Pathan's poor batting form.

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Posted by dmqi on (May 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Ganguli will loose for sure and it will end his charisma, if anything left. Poor form and poor team selection.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

I hope both Shakib and Tamim will play today, waiting to see a nail biting match !

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 10:06 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Back in 2005 I had told that Ganguly should be kept as 12 player in Indian team, fake an injury for a playing player and let him be a substitute , where he will captain the team superbly, ya really superb way. After all these years my mind still says the same but now for Pune lol. Dont know what ICC will tell about this

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

What is the problem with Shakib Al Hasan is Kolkata??...... Is he not better than Brendon McCullum, Ryan Ten Doesathe, or Bret Lee regarding the economy rate, wicket taking ability and batting average??..........why Kolkata is not interested to play him??..... They should know he is the number one All rounder in the world right now whether in ODI/T20/Test macth....... And what about Tamim Iqbal??. I think he is far better than any other batsmen pune is playing now.........

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 5, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

@Sourav Mishra --- for your kind information from NZ Cricket ---- your best cricketer McCullum (My dear Kalam Miya) has been left out (rested??) from NZ cricket team both ODI and T20.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

High time Tamim get's a chance for Pune right? Not saying this because i am his fan but basing my suggestion on mere stats and figures. I mean look at Jesse Ryder, he plays a few good shots and then gets back to the pavillion without even reaching a double figure in numerous occassions. If given that many chances, I bet even my grandma can hit a half-century. Moreover, he was never that great a player like Mccullum on the other side who can be gambled with. Thus I believe, Tamim should be given a go, atleast ONCE~

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Good Point Bismoy. PWI Lost their previous two matches Becoz of Gunguly Batting Strike Rate. Against Deccan, chasing 187 he faced 40 balls for 45 runs... against mumbai 16 of 24 balls.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (May 5, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

I dont like KKR and Ganguly in general. But really looking forward to see the crowd's response in this game. Hoping that Ganguly will pick a crucial wicket like he did in Delhi and run around the Eden boundary .

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

tamim should replace samuels/ryder and shakib should replace lee.....

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

i think kkr win. pune is first bat score 180 + kkr chase 180+

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

I think tdy opening batthing yusuf and gumbir ...

Posted by atulpatil on (May 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

I dnt understand why callum Fergusion isn't playin. He was one of the leading run scorer in big bash. Also PWI shud test Luke write he also is good t20 player.comeon DADA its time to make some noise in KOLKATA.

Posted by sarav6492 on (May 5, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

It is a Kolkata vs Knight Riders situation here... Fans will be ready to support either one.... Both excellence of Gambhir and Ganguly will amuse the fans today.... Being a Dada and Knight Riders fan Im Glad to support both and enjoy the best cricket today.... Hope Clarke and Shakib star today...

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Kolkata is very strong team

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

If I were a KKR supporter, I would NOT take Dada's wicket and let him face a lions share of the overs. Or, still better, carry his bat thru the game, ending not-out!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Dada should be a non-playing Captain. Or, just a mentor, passing on the Captaincy to Clarke. If he insists on playing, he should go in at 6 or 7, if at all needed. Then PWI have a chance. If they had followed this approach, all through, they would, most probably, have been n the top half. In the early matches, Smith, Samuels & Mathews were in terrific striking form, when Dada 'squatted' the power-play overs,... and more! At ODI type strike rates!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Brendon McCullum: BEST IN THE WORLD!!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

It has been too late for Pune to enter into the last 4. Surely they need an inspiring start from their second home ground so that they can get into the last 4 .. Dada has to surely perform in the remaining matches otherwise this could be surely his last 5 match as a player on the international Scene.

Posted by aamir90 on (May 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT)


Posted by Kyle_Jones235 on (May 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

I don't understand all the hype for Tamim, he is a decent batsmen but still has a long way to go... But yes he is still better than current Ganguly.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Dada you are our hero always .. Common dada .. We wil win .. Ur my god

Posted by Kyle_Jones235 on (May 5, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

If Ganguly doesn't perform tonight he should be dropped, no question. He has been the main issue with the Pune Warriors. Not scoring runs is one thing, but not scoring runs whilst wasting many deliveries is horrible for the team, and the team should always come first. Now that they have a very experienced leader in Clarke, there is no excuse for not leaving him out if he doesn't pull his weight.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

i think shakib should play 4 kkr today.kkr should b give him change to prove his ability.maccullam and iqbal abdullah should be replaced for shakib and bisla

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Mccullum should be replaced with eoin morgan and bisla should be included in the squad....

Posted by kishoreb4 on (May 5, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Common Ganguly You got to win today.All the hearty wishes......

Posted by K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on (May 5, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

If Pune Warriors wants to see themselves in semi finals than the they shoulld drop Jesse,go with following team and Batting order should be........ (1) Luke Wright (2) Dada (3) Clarke (4) Uthhappa (5) Smith (6) Parnel (7) Manhas (8) Bhuvneswar (9) Kartik/Rahul Sharma (10) Dinda (11) Nehra

DADA please go with the above 11 plz plz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Tamin is not even worthy of a contract in the IPL i hope they never play him. Sakib on the other hand warrants possible selection for KKR but if they just want batting then McCullum is far better in form or not.

Posted by GabbyAnn on (May 5, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Agreed @Sajitabya Mahato, Friends cheer for the team not for an individual. Let the best team win......Heart will always b der for KKR...All da best Gauti.....

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

This is IPL boss not Bangladesh domestic match...askin to play shakib n tamim in every match oh god its irritating guys..do u guys kno better than team management...?? In t20 anyday mccullum is better than shakib...coz if he clicks the opposition is doomed...iqbal abdulla yusuf pathan can do wat shakib does but even these 3 combined they cant match wat mccullum does..he is just due wait for it..c'mon gambhir am rooting for u n kkr in this match..may the better team win..

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

It's time to show his EXCELLENCE and resilience.. Come on Dada.. KKR the name.. Just say people how many Bengal players are there in the team.. Pune has DADA and DINDA too.. Along with Tamim (from outside).. Cheers to the REAL KOLKATA TEAM (Warriors)... Not led by the Delhi lad... Come on Dada... All the Best!!!

Posted by hari040761 on (May 5, 2012, 6:54 GMT)


Posted by hiren on (May 5, 2012, 6:50 GMT)


Posted by nipun027 on (May 5, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I feel that Morgan should play 4 KKR 2day....... He will bring some fire power at the bottom of KKR which missing due to out of form Yusuf Pathan........ For Pune Tamim should be played on the top order, because the pitch of Eden is not a high scoring 1..... So they will need players like Tamim who can play aggressively and also will create a value for his wicket.......

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

i think kkr should play those who is daily performer not big stars who hit 158 after playing 50 matches

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

pune shld shuffle their batting order.replace ryder.give chance to wright/tamim..and kkr should'nt think abt money they shld replace mccullum he is nthing..he shld b replaced wid rtd/morgan/sakib

Posted by Freddie.Dcosta on (May 5, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Sourav should open the innings with Clarke, bat in his natural aggressive style... put fast runs on board... even if he gets out doing that no problem - there is enough fire power lower down.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Dada is only a myth today.If he faces maximum balls in Pune's innings KKR will definitely win.Bengali should support KKR team not an individual.Today i will go eden and cheer for KKR though i was a big dada fan previously. but i m sorry to say dada should keep his bat and act as commentator cum cricket expert to retain his charishma.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Hey guys why are you shouting for Tamim?? Tamim is not like that he is high class player than any other, and Pune will never play him, so No need to shout for Tamim.

Tamim will show his classs oneday DaDa, Dada forget his comitment for Bangla people. No sympathy for Dada. Dada is not ours. Dada will nver think for Bangla. Definitely Pune will lose this match. Good luck KKR and shakib. and Shakib will do something for KKR.

Posted by bismoy on (May 5, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

If dada plays for 20 over,rest assure KKR will win easily.All this false bravado will come to abrupt end.

On a different note,, if sachin scored 16 runs from 24 balls ,and mumbai lost now many would have leveled it selfish, because its dada who is not even half good as sachin so no one bother.Irony!!!

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Pune shuld play tamim iqbal if dey really want to win dis game....Manish pandey shuld open d innings wit iqbal not uthappa.Dada shuld play down d order so dat an healthy run rate ll maintain at the top of d game.best f luck dada

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Beware SRK ,EDEN is DADA's DEN

Posted by mahafuz1983 on (May 5, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

welcome back DADA....u r going down bg time....SRK rulz....

Posted by pai11 on (May 5, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

@Rahul Patel: I think they will support DADA so that indirectly KKR will win:-)

Posted by Seneka on (May 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

It's an extremely special match! In his long career of cricket, Sourav Ganguly always faced tremendous pressures and sometimes fought injustices. And he made several superb comebacks. Not many cricketers in the history of cricket had shown such fascinating courage and boldness, and thus Dada has become a legend, an icon and his own city of Kolkata and all Bengalis in the world always became so very proud of the marvellous success and achievements of their favourite Sourav Ganguly, one of the best captains in Indian and world cricket and the man who contributed most to the creation of Team India. Today he is playing against his own city, and in Eden Gardens too. No matter he is the captain of the away team, I believe the majority of people in Kolkata would be happy to see Sourav's success tonight. And it will be so wonderful if Sourav can play a fantastic innings tonight; Pune is badly in need of a victory and it will be so good to see if they get it against Kolkata at Eden.

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

I have no interest about this match . I will happy if both KKR & PUNE remain as NO 8 & NO 9 . Bwst of luck DADA . U should win

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

No Tamim pls, No Tmim pls , No Tamim pls, He is not a capable batsman in T20 format, pls retain Marlon Samuels pls

Posted by   on (May 5, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

dada rocksssssss in kkrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by sabbor on (May 5, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

as much as i love dada, i find him selfish!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 5, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

People, get a grip. Ganguly is the undisputed favourite son of Kolkata. The crowd will support him. Period.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (May 5, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Being a Gangulyan / fan of Ganguly I want to see Dada man of the match with Pune's win. Most probably Shakib and Tamim ---- none of them will be picked for today's match. For both of them, it's pointless at this point to play for KKR or PWI (except getting money from this IPL circus!!). Since KKR winning without Shakib and PWI losing without Tamim. So let others do the JOB in the LOW QUALITY IPL5 and Shakib/Tamim be rested in all IPL matches --- for playing in county where they can play REAL & PRESTIGIOUS game of cricket!!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

something is there in ganguly

there cant be so much talk about one player for whatever. let be his fame his form or his attitude. we have to accept it. again one has to agree that his prime time long gone. But not his will power and grit not to give in. these are natural gift to him.

But this alone cannot get results to him as well as to the team.

All the best dada. do well and bid bye in a nice way. Hit 30 odd runs but with pace and speed and all concerns just throw them to dust.

No one can refuse the fact that the admiration is just for nothing. he is admired a lot as the best captain and leader and motivator for many a young player.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

KKR should play Narine, Kallis, Morgan/Haddin, Shakib/Tendo. Narine and Kallis seem to have sealed their positions while the other two overseas spots are still up for grabs .... PWI should play Clarke, Smith, Tamim, Ryder/Mathews.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Tamim isvery inform and made a half century in practise match ,dada should give a chance to Tamim, it is demand of time.

Posted by pvangeepuram on (May 4, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

I expect half of Eden Gardens to cheer for PWI. It is not just in Culcutta, as we have witnessed through this IPL, Gangulians are everywhere. We saw them in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai. The only other Indian player who has same following is Sachin, but Dada has more hard core fans. I am a proud member of Gangulian cult and it is impossible to deter a fan from supporting Dada regardless of the situation and his form. Go Dada Go. Lets rock Eden Gardens and show everyone whose home it is.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

i think Mccullum needs to sit out and Shakib should open the innings with Gambhir as Shakib's a hard hitting batsman and as a bowler too he is very effective.... KKR will get an added advantage including Shakib over Mccullum..

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

dada and pwi, like every match I would like to give a few Suggestions. At Kolkata u must nt take 4 pacers in d team. Neither u take 2 specialized spinners as clarke can bowl. Best team write, pandey, dada, clarke, manhas, smith, uthappa, nehra/kumar, dinda, parnell/thomas, karthik. Dont through the ball to write or clarke in the powerplay. Dada, u plz take singles any how. Atleast run a ball. Play narine sensibly scoring 20 25 in his 4 overs, controll gambhir, u will win.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 4, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

@ Gorky Shaw, I guess Tamim was bought as a potential replacement for Jesse Ryder. If you remember, when Pune signed Tamim, Ryder was going through quite a tough time after being dropped from the NZ team for disciplinary issues. But he bounced back by the time the IPL started so now there's really no use of playing Tamim

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

Kolkatta people will be foolish if they support ganguly over team Kolkatta

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (May 4, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

For PWI fans, last couple of weeks have been very disappointing. But I hope they lift their game at Eden. There is still an outside chance that they make it to the semis. So they should not give up...stranger things have happened in cricket. All the best PWI!!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

plz let tamim and shakib play.. tamim is young but experienced dashing opener hard hitter.. dada give him a chance at least to try.. he even did well in their practice matches.. did half centuries.. and shakib shuld replace out of form yusuf pathan, lee, kalis or mccullum.. just look their form in asia cup..

Posted by Hayat22 on (May 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

KKR should let Ganguly score 20-30 runs since his stay will hurt it less. Also the good news is that Nehra wasn't taken to the cleaners in the last match, and performed rather well, so he is due for a clean up, and the juicy servings will be there in the later part of the innings, hopefully. ;-D

I'm sure KKR can play this match with 13 players( i don't mean the two umpires but these two distinguished gentlemen) who have certain points to prove, so give them a chance to 'express' themselves! ;-D

On a serious note: If Ganguly does make a point tomorrow as he wants to, then he should step aside, and let Clarke take over the captiancy, since this seanson's 2nd half could prove extremely beneficial to his next season's captaincy role, and PWI could play as serious contendors for the title rather than as vehicles of someone's grudge!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Isn't Tamim worth getting a single chance, especially when others are failing in a heap? If not, why was he bought anyway?

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

I think Tamim and Shakib will not be pickup today .

mathews for pune

Posted by sk12 on (May 4, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

Obviously crowd will support Ganguly.. if he stays long enuf, thers very little chance Pune will score many and they'll eventually lose to kkr. Double bonanza for the the crowd :)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

DADA Vs Knight riders(not kolkata) AND TAMIM Vs SAKIB!!!! jus cant think how xciting it will be to watch a match like that in KOLKATA... best of luck to dada, knight riders,tamim n sakib from a BD fan

Posted by Ha8rick on (May 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

PW will win despite Ganguly scoring a duck.

During the process, there will be Vandalism, Gropings & Fights & definitely FIRE at the Garden of Eden. IPL games at the venue will be banned till further notice.

Such will be the familiar sight at Eden Gardens.

Next Day, Ryan tenDo will write an interesting Blog :)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Why do all the Bangladeshis keep crying about not playing Tamim or Shakib? It's just about the right combination...

Posted by adnanadu on (May 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

offcourse kkr will win this match INSHALAH bcoz they have captain inform and the bowling line of kkr is just amazing having 4 offspiners 3 mediam piecers and one pacer what a team that s some what amazing go kkr go dont stop u can do it bring a trophy to kolkata and then we should see

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Nope sorry guys Ganguly is definitely not better than Shakib just compare both of their records plus both Tamim and Shakib are very young and not even in their peaks and that's why i'm laughing so hard when some of you are mentioning that Ganguly is a better player all-round than Shakib good joke besides the stats of the two backs up my points so end of story jealous people. Ganguly like I said is old and useless so look to the future and move on guys even jadeja has much more potential than Ganguly first did at that age looolzzzz :)))

Posted by Ibra95 on (May 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

eoin morgan or tendo should play in this game replacing lee or kallis. if mccullum gets replaced then shakib could replace lee. then would be a tamim vs shakib & ghambir vs dada pls pwi, replace ryder for tamim!

a kkr fan.

Posted by vijaydv on (May 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

If you think about all the three matches they lost by PWI recently is all a close games...!!! Pune Warriors India have learnt a enough lesson from all close games..!! Dada is the skipper who will never repeat his mistakes...!!! The upcoming match against KKR will be a much sure win for PWI..!! Its doesnt matter that whom they are playing with but surely they will give a Consecutive 5 victories from now..!! Sure that points table from now will be get reversed within some few days..!! DADA ALWAYS ROCKz...!!! COME ON DADA...!!!!! DO IT ...!!!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

whats the freaking obscession about playing shakib in the KKR team??? we are winning and the thats all that matters...so this winning combination does not need to be touched!!! we have the momentum and no one player comes above the team...

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (May 4, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

@ nitin1090: no he isn't! period!

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (May 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

@ Ahmed Hussain: very rightly said! - From an Indian and Bengali!

Posted by passionate_cricket_follower on (May 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

@STARFISH14: of course we will question ganguly's credibility to win matches given his age, form, and fitness. there are many legends; but the important aspects of their characters were humility, and they knew when to call it a day! your LEGEND dADU doesn't have either.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

I have an intuition..its gonna be a massacre of PWI in Kolkata..Gambhir has to prove a point n so does the whole KKR unit..Ganduly as usual would play a big role in that massacre..he surely will put himself first in everything to prove himself but i know his legs will be shaking n he'll be playing so badly that he wont leave any chance for PWI to win...

Posted by emon-28-78 on (May 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

No Tamim,no Pune,no Dada.What does Pune want?They want Tamim not to play in IPL.Because if Tamim becomes man of the match.Recently Shakib is not playing.It's a same reason.....i think.Everybody know that Ryder has played at least 9 games.But he can't do anything special.He isn't in form last 6-7 IPL matches.He played just 2 good innings.76 and 65.But he also picked.But,why?There is a dashing opener in pune Tamim Iqbal.Again and again Ryder getting a chance and can't do anything.Why don't u pick Tamim?what's the reason?I want to know.Ryder isn't also experinece like Tamim.He played just 39 ODIS.So,Tamim should be pick for tomorrow match.I think there will be a lot of crowd and will supporting Pune and KKR.

Posted by Fareen on (May 4, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Those who're criticizing Dada, can you name one batsman who's actually scoring runs for Pune ? I think Ganguly will score runs as he knows how to tackle difficult situations...but I hope they would drop Jessie Ryder and bring Tamim @ the top of the order to open with Michael Clarke..Uthappa & Smith should be used as the pinch hitters with Manhas and ganguly to provide stability in the middle.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

Win or Loss!!! Ganguly Gets a ton or duck!! Doesn't matter!! Am a Gangulian!! Wil be ever as a Gangulian!! All the Best Dada!!! You should play well at least for the hope that Bengali fans got on you!!!! God Bless Pune!! Go!! Go!!

Posted by pjbarua on (May 4, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Hope for some agressive batting from dada. Pune should consider Tamim. Better late than never. Always try to get maximum out of your resources. KKR should drop macculam bring morgan/tendo. Bisla is better than him. U can not expect gambhir to perform in every match. Shakib should be brought back with balaji. Kolkata have so many options! But they still using some inconsistent performers!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

awesome to see bangladeshis bashing dada for not playing tamim.. i don't see lankans bashing him for not playing mathews...

Posted by drswapnil on (May 4, 2012, 15:18 GMT)


Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

i am supporting KKR...So should people at the Eden..No individual can be above a team !!

Posted by British-Bangali on (May 4, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

get the guy a walking stick lol......Hope shakib comes back,but to be fair kkr are playing some fantastic cricket and look set to qualify...

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Hoping for KKR victory with Ganguly's 50 :) Assuming he can't score 100 at this age !

Posted by NAZKI on (May 4, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

bring YUSUF PATHAN at no. 3 and let him gain his form.KKR is going to win easily against PWI. All the best YUSUF PATHAN and KKR

Posted by xylo on (May 4, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

The crowd might cheer Dada, and if he plays long enough, KKR will win as well. It will be a win-win situation!

Posted by md_aminul on (May 4, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Ganguly is useless player. Tamim and Ryder should be the best opening combination for Pune

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Shakib is better than any other cricketer... So, KKR should take Shakib..... against Pune...

Posted by STARFISH14 on (May 4, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain, Ganguly is a legend and no one can question his credibility. As far as Shakib and Tamim are concerned they can never match Ganguly's stature as player.

Posted by StevieS on (May 4, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Ahmed Hussain so you are saying Ganguly is a older verson of Tamim, can't bat or bowl.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

I think this is going to be an exciting cricket match. Kolkata will support DADA not KKR. But the winning trend of KKR will be really hard to break. KKR is winning only based on Gauti. Yousuf Pathan, Brendon McCullum is not in their form. they should be dropped and Shakib, Ten Doeschate or Eoin Morgan should be given chance.

PWI is also a better team but they are not getting the right finish for them. Ryder is being given tons of chances. he just played a single good game. I think Tamim Iqbal should be given a chance.Wayne Parnell and Steven Smith are doing a good job for the team. they should be kept in the team. So the four abroad players should be Parnell, Smith, Tamim and Clark.

It will be really nice to see Tamim and Shakib playing against one another. I think there is a greater chance of being so.

Anyway, Hoping a great game of cricket.

Posted by chandrachuralways007 on (May 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Listen, in Kolkata, Gangully is next to God...yes, King is Coming to claim his Kingdom.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

please drop Nehra..he cant do anything..he cant even bend

Posted by cric_lover12 on (May 4, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Pune should use Tamim & Luke to win this match and drop Ryder & Parnel. KKR could take Shakib, then it will be very difficult for Pune. I hope Ganguly & Clarke will play with responsibilties and win the match. It could be a match of Ganguly vs Gambhir and Shakib vs Tamim.

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

I just want PUNE to turn the tables and get back to the winning ways.... as they need to win almost every match... doesn't matter the combo they will b coming with... just b confident... gud luck :)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Dada win in Kolkata & take of your shirt,exactly that you did at Lord's.

All best wishes to Pune & specialy to Dada.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (May 4, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

I remember when the Kolkata crowd supported South Africa and booed India during the time Ganguly was dropped from the team. I don't understand this obsession fans have with Ganguly to the point that they consider that Ganguly is above India and they should support him instead of their own county!

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Would love to see the Kolkata Knights slay the Pune warriors at the battlefield of Eden.

Posted by nitin1090 on (May 4, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain Atleast dada is better cricketer than Tamim and Ahakib even at thsi age...

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

suporting clarke.... he should captain pune

Posted by ashish_gajjar on (May 4, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

i wish Dada and pune team win @ kolkata and he become man of the match in tomorrow match.. and Dada want to some changes in his team my pwi team-manish,ganguly,uthappa,clarke,ferguson,smith,angelo,rahul,murli,ashish,ashok...

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

I hope I can finally see a Shakib v Tamim battle especially in a Bengali land plus I don't understand why this Ganguly guy is actually playing Cricket for I mean he's old useless with the bat and ball okay in fielding but his captaincy and performance has cost Pune to qualify :)

Posted by   on (May 4, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

i predict scenario.... Crowd will boo srk, kkr but dada will be supported sincerely.....

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