Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Pune May 8, 2012

Watson and Tait crush insipid Pune

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Rajasthan Royals 126 for 3 (Watson 90*) beat Pune Warriors 125 for 6 (Majumdar 30, Tait 3-13) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shaun Tait set it up and Shane Watson finished the job in clinical fashion. Rajasthan Royals delivered a seven-wicket drubbing to a low on morale Pune Warriors and moved to fourth in the points table. Warriors looking to reverse a five-match losing streak, struggled against restrictive Royals bowling to post 125, but lacked the firepower to cause a scare. After an impressive start to the tournament, they limped out of the race for the playoffs.

Royals conceded just five fours - the least in a completed innings this season - and were spearheaded by Tait, who took 3 for 13. Unlike Royals, who duly opened with the aggressive Watson, Warriors saved their power hitters for the middle order. Sourav Ganguly promoted himself to open after, curiously, coming in at No.7 against Kolkata Knight Riders. It was a questionable move having Ganguly and Michael Clarke right at the top, given that they aren't the quickest scorers in the line-up. What followed was a sluggish opening passage, in which the Powerplay overs had 14 dots.

Ganguly charged the seamers, made room, but failed to find the timing to match his intentions. Clarke's drives failed to find the middle of the bat, often resulting in edges and mistimed flicks. Both openers were searching for a release, but the slower balls and the wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik standing up to the stumps thwarted them.

Warriors lost Ganguly as he miscued a pull off Tait, giving a swirling catch to square leg. Despite Warriors struggling to find the boundaries, they persisted with their conservative approach by promoting little-known Bengal batsman Anustup Majumdar ahead of more aggressive options like Angelo Mathews and Steven Smith.

Only two fours were scored in the first ten overs, the lowest this season. Save for the first over, never at any stage in that period did the rate go above six an over. Majumdar interrupted a 42-ball snoozefest when he gave Ankeet Chavan a charge and launched him for the first of two sixes over wide long-on in the 11th over, which cost 16 runs - the most expensive of the innings.

However, his cameo didn't last longer than 20 balls when he was yorked by a 98.4 kph missile from Johan Botha the following over. The last eight overs produced just 46 runs to give Warriors a total well under par.

Royals lost their star player Ajinkya Rahane for a duck courtesy a brilliant one-handed catch at point by Smith. Smith nearly pulled off a freak catch at the boundary which would have sent Watson back on 11, if the rule on outfield catches hadn't been tweaked. After going deep in his crease to pound a six off Murali Kartik, he repeated the shot four balls later. Smith cupped the ball over his head, realised the momentum was taking him over the rope and threw the ball up. He was outside the field of play and airborne when he palmed the ball back in front of the rope, deeming it a six, owing to the rule change.

Watson capitalised on that lifeline and proceeded to hammer boundaries. At the end of five overs, Royals had hit five fours and two sixes, the same number Warriors managed in 20. Watson tore into Ashish Nehra, clipping two half volleys to the leg side for fours, before pulling another loosener over fine leg for six to bring up his fifty. Watson scored a massive 71.4% of the team's total, underlining his dominance on a pitch which flummoxed 11 Warriors.

Royals coasted home with 22 balls remaining, making it one of the more one-sided encounters this season. Warriors, with eight points from 13 games, now have only pride to play for.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cric_Wiz on May 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Dadu's strike rate is 97 (in 17 games) and avg is 20! This is bcz dadu is concentrating more on captaincy rather than his batting. Not logical? Ok, he has poor strike rate and avg due to his non-performing teammate. Not logical? It would b if u turn into a dadu's fanboy. Go ahead dadu wth ur blazing strike rate and fatty avg-u ve left a lot of grandchild to pull u frm hell to heaven.

  • vrn59 on May 9, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly is a burden on PWI. He is a legend of Indian cricket and is truly one of the greatest Captains the game has seen, and indeed his captaincy has impressed me in this tournament. However, he is resting on past laurels now and isn't as capable as an international-level batsman as he used to be. He is having difficulty in timing the ball and finding the middle of the bat, and also, he has never been a very good T20 player. Indian and especially Bengali fanatics might still argue that their 'Dada' still has it in him, but it is clear for all to see that this unfit 40-year old is a shadow of SC Ganguly, the best Captain India ever had. Pune must replace Michael Clarke, another player not suited for T20 cricket, with Tamim Iqbal who was in great form in the Asia Cup. Steve Smith must be promoted up the order and Robin Uthappa must be told to play aggressively as his depressingly slow batting is hindering the team's progress. Another bad season for PWI ...

  • VinodGupte on May 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    i say, dadaji should retire now.

  • ddc....... on May 9, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Pune's team is quite weak and the fact that they couldnot enter the auction means they missed out on narine,jayawardene,jadeja etc so its not 100% ganguly's fault...captain is only as good as its team

  • on May 9, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Watson - U beauty. One of my favorite players !

  • on May 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    That was exceptional knock from Watson and extreme bowling from Tait so congrats but again Pune leave out Tamim and instead use this useless Michael Clarke who has done nothing since he came to India halfway through whereas Tamim has been there since the start of the IPL tournament but not once has been selected how disrespectful simply because he's Bangladeshi. This is really absurd but no surprises, they are Indians and and that's how they act these days. No worries though at least people like me and Tamin can have the last laugh because Pune are second from bottom and almost certain to be knocked haha...plus Tamim is getting paid a lot of money, good holiday plus learning as much as he can from the likes of Dada and using it to his advantage and help Bangladesh Cricket Team. The only reason I can think why Pune are not at all selecting Tamim is because if he does achieve a very high score i.e. 100 then everyone will criticize Pune for why not selecting Tamim earlier.

  • samueljn on May 9, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    It's a total team failure and also the owners when it comes to Pune's performance in IPL 5.

    i) None of the Domestic cricketers contributed (Like Mandeep singh in Punjab)

    ii) Pune doesn't have any power performers (Like Gayle or AB) who can change the match single handedly. None of the players in Pune can be rated even half close to AB or Gayle.

    iii) Team management didn't utilise their available resource well..Tamin iqbal should've got an oppurtunity midway and Steve smith should be used for his bowling

    iv) Bowling department looked so weak once they lost Dinda

    v) Team is missing Yuvi badly

  • on May 9, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Congrats Dravid & RR. Keep it up.

  • Rahul_78 on May 9, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Just have a look at the bowling averages of Nehra and Murli K who have been favored by Dada and have been given consistent opportunity and add to that performance of Samuels and Ryde Dadas blue eyed boys. All four players who were backed by their skipper to the hilt and called upon at the crucial moments of the match have let down Dada big time. Against KKR where pitch suited spinners Rahul was not given an opportunity. Steven smith who is a leg spinner and at the moment the only player with X factor in Pune team hasnt bowled at all. Thomas who had a good last season with Warriors hasnt been picked, Tamim who is in great form recently hasnt been given any chances. Constant chopping and changes in batting line up and insipid team selection...Whoa no doubt Dadas boys are languishing at the bottom. Just to make another point Dada had very average results with KKR in season 1 when he had a power packed site with some really big names.Dada is wonderful captain but perhaps not in T20.

  • on May 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    LOL! Instead fof giving credit to RR, DADA's fans finding excuses for PWI's loss.Even a layman can see the difference in the captaincy between DRAVID & GANGULY.Inspite of media and Fans hype, the fact is Ganguly is a liabiity to PWI and DRAVID is an asset to RR as a captain, batsman and a coach.Statitics say, Dravid is one among the best 10 batsmen in the last 3 IPLs and as an today, he is the 5th best batmen among the 100 odd players in this IPL. Among performing Captains, DRavid is next to Sehwag &Gambhir. others viz, Harbajhan, Ganguly, Dhoni, Vettori are duds.Just accept the FACTS.

  • Cric_Wiz on May 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Dadu's strike rate is 97 (in 17 games) and avg is 20! This is bcz dadu is concentrating more on captaincy rather than his batting. Not logical? Ok, he has poor strike rate and avg due to his non-performing teammate. Not logical? It would b if u turn into a dadu's fanboy. Go ahead dadu wth ur blazing strike rate and fatty avg-u ve left a lot of grandchild to pull u frm hell to heaven.

  • vrn59 on May 9, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly is a burden on PWI. He is a legend of Indian cricket and is truly one of the greatest Captains the game has seen, and indeed his captaincy has impressed me in this tournament. However, he is resting on past laurels now and isn't as capable as an international-level batsman as he used to be. He is having difficulty in timing the ball and finding the middle of the bat, and also, he has never been a very good T20 player. Indian and especially Bengali fanatics might still argue that their 'Dada' still has it in him, but it is clear for all to see that this unfit 40-year old is a shadow of SC Ganguly, the best Captain India ever had. Pune must replace Michael Clarke, another player not suited for T20 cricket, with Tamim Iqbal who was in great form in the Asia Cup. Steve Smith must be promoted up the order and Robin Uthappa must be told to play aggressively as his depressingly slow batting is hindering the team's progress. Another bad season for PWI ...

  • VinodGupte on May 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    i say, dadaji should retire now.

  • ddc....... on May 9, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Pune's team is quite weak and the fact that they couldnot enter the auction means they missed out on narine,jayawardene,jadeja etc so its not 100% ganguly's fault...captain is only as good as its team

  • on May 9, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Watson - U beauty. One of my favorite players !

  • on May 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    That was exceptional knock from Watson and extreme bowling from Tait so congrats but again Pune leave out Tamim and instead use this useless Michael Clarke who has done nothing since he came to India halfway through whereas Tamim has been there since the start of the IPL tournament but not once has been selected how disrespectful simply because he's Bangladeshi. This is really absurd but no surprises, they are Indians and and that's how they act these days. No worries though at least people like me and Tamin can have the last laugh because Pune are second from bottom and almost certain to be knocked haha...plus Tamim is getting paid a lot of money, good holiday plus learning as much as he can from the likes of Dada and using it to his advantage and help Bangladesh Cricket Team. The only reason I can think why Pune are not at all selecting Tamim is because if he does achieve a very high score i.e. 100 then everyone will criticize Pune for why not selecting Tamim earlier.

  • samueljn on May 9, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    It's a total team failure and also the owners when it comes to Pune's performance in IPL 5.

    i) None of the Domestic cricketers contributed (Like Mandeep singh in Punjab)

    ii) Pune doesn't have any power performers (Like Gayle or AB) who can change the match single handedly. None of the players in Pune can be rated even half close to AB or Gayle.

    iii) Team management didn't utilise their available resource well..Tamin iqbal should've got an oppurtunity midway and Steve smith should be used for his bowling

    iv) Bowling department looked so weak once they lost Dinda

    v) Team is missing Yuvi badly

  • on May 9, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Congrats Dravid & RR. Keep it up.

  • Rahul_78 on May 9, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Just have a look at the bowling averages of Nehra and Murli K who have been favored by Dada and have been given consistent opportunity and add to that performance of Samuels and Ryde Dadas blue eyed boys. All four players who were backed by their skipper to the hilt and called upon at the crucial moments of the match have let down Dada big time. Against KKR where pitch suited spinners Rahul was not given an opportunity. Steven smith who is a leg spinner and at the moment the only player with X factor in Pune team hasnt bowled at all. Thomas who had a good last season with Warriors hasnt been picked, Tamim who is in great form recently hasnt been given any chances. Constant chopping and changes in batting line up and insipid team selection...Whoa no doubt Dadas boys are languishing at the bottom. Just to make another point Dada had very average results with KKR in season 1 when he had a power packed site with some really big names.Dada is wonderful captain but perhaps not in T20.

  • on May 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    LOL! Instead fof giving credit to RR, DADA's fans finding excuses for PWI's loss.Even a layman can see the difference in the captaincy between DRAVID & GANGULY.Inspite of media and Fans hype, the fact is Ganguly is a liabiity to PWI and DRAVID is an asset to RR as a captain, batsman and a coach.Statitics say, Dravid is one among the best 10 batsmen in the last 3 IPLs and as an today, he is the 5th best batmen among the 100 odd players in this IPL. Among performing Captains, DRavid is next to Sehwag &Gambhir. others viz, Harbajhan, Ganguly, Dhoni, Vettori are duds.Just accept the FACTS.

  • on May 9, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Aussies all the way..in this IPL..Luv u Watson

  • pai11 on May 9, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    I hope IPL introduces Bonus points system from next season. this will help in many ways. it reduces the unfair advantage to 2 teams that share points in case match is washed off by rain (where they share 1 point each). the teams will fight hard for outright wins rather than labouring towards victory. even if a team loses one match, they can make up by winning 2 matches by bonus points.. this year, RR have won many matches convincingly but CSK, RCB have got unfair advantage by getting one point as the game was washed away...

  • on_the_rocks on May 9, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    PWI owners did'nt go for auction bcoz of their personal problem with BCCI. Was it Saurav's fault to receive such a weak team. it is for him and his Captaincy this team got 8 point otherwise they deserve 0 points.

  • gothetaniwha on May 9, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Gangully may be a decent captain ,but his best days are behind him as a batsmen - run a ball is too slow for 20/20 and his arrogance to admit that is Pune problem .he should bat 11 - don't expect them to win another game .WHERE'S RYDER !!!

  • on_the_rocks on May 9, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    saurav can buy more than two IPL team. those who call him non-perormer sud see the record during his time he was number one match winner in indian team not even Sachin who u call genious was second to him, it was Dravid who was second to him. the support and backing Sachin recieve from Mumbai Lobby and BCCI and most of other players from their respective zones, he has never received in his life. People like Ravi Shastri and others were for his head even if he failed one match also. With all this people always against him and comming from a place were people and lobbies dose'nt like due to probincialism and performing so well throughout his career. he will always be a Tiger with such a strong heart.

  • espncricketfan on May 9, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    I feel its worth to criticize Ganguly. Captain job is to motivate team members & effective use of them. But it seems Ganguly uncomfortable with team players. He have some ego attitude problem i seen even during when he was with KKR.

    If you don't know how to utilise & motivate team members, whatever batting/bowing lineup simply waste.

  • secondopinion on May 9, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Someone commented here " it is quite natural to see people question his captaincy skills.At the end of day, without contributions from local people like pandey, uttappa, manhas, nehra, dinda, karthik, rahul sharma and foreign players like clarke, samuels, matthews, parnel it is very difficult to win. even in KKR, dada selected players like gayle, hodge, mccullum, shah, hussey who did not play like how they are playing for other teams." KKR also had Umar Gul, Hafeez, Salman Butt, Murali Karthik, Angelo Mathews, Dinda, Tiwary, Shoaib Akhtar, Mendis, even Ponting..Ishant Sharma... No one it seems can play well when Dada is captaining the side! KKR could not decide who was better to play - Hussey, Hodge or Owais Shah!! What does it say about his leadership and motivational skills? In the first IPL auction, Dada was captain and sat in the auction table. He can't say he had no say in the team-making.

  • MAK123 on May 9, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Well the catch taken by Smith was absolutely mind blowing. This rule change, i thought, was rediculous for it takes the beauty of the game away. Next time, nobody will ever give it a try the way Smith did. Another stupid rule is that of the run out when the bat is in the air. If the bat is beyond the line (even if in air) the batsman should be ruled not-out. The best run out rule would be the batsman getting his foot inside the crease instead of the bat coming into play. ICC, are you reading this???

  • Seneka on May 9, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Uthappa has contributed most to the dismal performance of PW this year; ironically he is the most expensive player of the team! Manhas, Pandey, Nehra, Rahul Sharma all have been so inconsistent as well, so were some foreign players such as Samules, Ryder, Mathews, Parnell. Not only Ganguly, any captain be him Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid or any others would struggle to win with such a team. I would say a great many people have watched the matches of PW every day; if Ganguly would not be in that team, no one would even take a look at such awful and inconsistent performance of these players. But of course, Smith has been superb; another man who could attract people to come to the field. And Ryder with his two beautiful innings. It's Ganguly's bad luck; he did his best with his captaincy but he can't do anything when players like Uthappa tends to bat so slowly in many matches.

  • Seneka on May 9, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Who needs to be blamed most for such disappointing performance of PW this year? Not their captain, but its Robin Uthappa, the most expensive buy of the team. Ganguly is not playing top-class competitive cricket for four years now; still, he tried to score runs quickly; sometimes he could not because he came at the crease when the team is already five or six down. But everyday Uthappa performs disgustingly as a wicketkeeper; even I thinking 'disgustingly' is not enough to indicate how bad he was behind the stumps! And then, his slow batting show, totally ignoring the fact that he's playing a T20 match and the team needs big shots from him. I will never forget how ridiculously he played that slow innings against Delhi when two hard-hitters Luke and Smith were waiting at the dug-out and never got the chance to bat because Uthappa did not make any attempt to make big hits. Still, he turns up every match. Why? Only because he's the most expensive buy of the team?

  • Meety on May 9, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - funnily enough, I think Ganguly (or the selectors) didn't pick VVS because of his fielding & running between wickets. I say funnily, because ganguly was never that good at either of those, but was a useful part time bowler. == == == re: Clarke. IMO, Clarke is not a specialist batsmen in T20s. He should bat @#7, captain the team, (this would mean bye, bye Ganguly) & bowl 1 to 3 overs a match. He is better than most part time spinners, AND better than most fieldsmen, so I think is worth 10 runs whilst fielding. If he were to be considered an allrounder, I think he justifies his place. Having Clarke @ #7, means the top order can slog (assuming Ganguly can still do that), & they have Clarke to act as disaster receovery if there is a collapse on, he can nurdle & nudge the score to something near defendable. @JG2704 - btw - I am ONLY commenting on IPL atm, as there is ALMOST nothing else doing!!!!!!!!!!

  • pai11 on May 9, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @Brit_freakster: oh just because PWI failed under Yuvi, does it give rights for your DADA to fail too? Yuvi was never claimed to be a "NATURAL-BORN LEADER" by anyone which DADA is supposed to be. then why not make any Tom, Dick or Harry as PWI Captain if only thing that is compared is performance of previous year... and since you raised the query, let me clarify your doubts... at this point of time DADA has played exactly the same no of innings (13) as Yuvi last year... DADA has scored 261 runs at pathetic average of 20 and strikerate of 100 (YAWN)!!!!!! whereas Yuvi had scored 343 runs at average of 34.3 & Strikerate of 131.4.. DADA has picked 2 wickets at economy of 9.75!!! whereas Yuvi had picked 9 wickets at 6.62 economy... see the difference. if not let me quote some more facts for diehard fans like you. Yuvi was the topscorer and the third-highest wicket taker for his team last year.. your DADA is no where near it.. thats facts mate...

  • aruna.b.herath on May 9, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    when you have Tait in the squad., you play him

  • pai11 on May 9, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    @ kchatter: will you please enlighten us as to how many 50s or 100s you have scored and in what forms of cricket which gives you the rights to comment in this forum and prevents others from posting? there is no rule in cricinfo forum that only people who have scored 50s in their livescan post. everyone has a right to opine....

  • Freddie.Dcosta on May 9, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    It's amazing to see people blame Ganguly for everything he does or does not do. Take a look at the scoreboard properly fellas. Not only the whole Warrior team struggled on that pitch.The RR batsmen were the same - Dravid 14@SR87.5; Rahane 0@SR0.0; Menaria 18@SR85.7; OA Shah 4@SR57.14. The only exception which one the match for RR was of course Shane Watson [and Mujumdar for PW, who unfortunately did not last long.] So what is the logic in blaming Ganguly alone?

  • on May 9, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Its true people will start blaming dada the way pune is losing...with no major results in 5 IPL seasons, it is quite natural to see people question his captaincy skills.At the end of day, without contributions from local people like pandey, uttappa, manhas, nehra, dinda, karthik, rahul sharma and foreign players like clarke, samuels, matthews, parnel it is very difficult to win. even in KKR, dada selected players like gayle, hodge, mccullum, shah, hussey who did not play like how they are playing for other teams. and with SRK's lack of patience and belief. again this season, too many experimentation, lack of consistent performance from the players, no match winners and slog overs hitters except smith all contributed to pune's losses. after seeing all the seasons, and as a die hard fan of dada... a request.. come on dada 20/20 cricket is not your cup of tea! and please keep yourself away from any form of role in IPL as it is very painful and really hurts when you or your team fails!

  • datewithdestiny on May 9, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @Brit_freakster: Look at what Dravid has done with a much weaker team than Pune. RR dont have any indian bowler who has played international cricket. Look at what Gilly/Hussey have managed with Punjab second time in a row. They just missed the playoffs last year. Please set the bar higher. Ganguly is currently not a good captain and never was Yuvraj. My respect for Gilly and Dravid doubles for what they have done with their respective teams.

  • rahman1001 on May 9, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    IPL T20 will damage India's test prospect and help other competing countries like Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka to benefit more. India tries to bring out new faces, however sticking to old guns, while these countries get their regular and prospective players to get acquinted with these format.

  • on May 9, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    first of all bad piece of article : Majumdar who was supposed to be slow by the writer was in fact the top scorer and had the highest SR for PWI, Watto did not open, he batted first-down and the overall quality of writing was not very good. Now coming to the discussion, Ganguly played the inaugural 3 yrs for KKR and then the next 2 for PWI, just see the team's position in those years...anyone who has a SR of 100 in 13 T20 matches should not even think of playing the 14th. The PWI team was so lacklustre dat in 27 balls Watto had hot more 4s and 6s than they had combinedly managed in 120 balls. If Tait can maintain his consistency in line and length then I think he will be as good as Malinga

  • on May 9, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    royals did very well all credit goes to tait and watson now royals can able to play semifinal dravid leading royals superbly

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 8, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @Ashish Panda : you are absolutely right! and yes, you forgot to mention that even in the ODI side, this selfish guy was an absolute non performer for most of the time since 2001/02. His die hards overlook the fact that his last 3 ODI centuries (all in WC 2003) came against Kenya (2), and Namibia. He absolutely murdered VVS Laxman's ODI career by repeatedly choosing below average Dinesh Mongia over VVS. VVS had a flourishing ODI career with most of his centuries against Australia and Pakistan (the best bowling attacks) when he was dropped. And he was dropped because Dadu considered him to be a threat to his captaincy. His tactics backfired when he met with his clone in Mr Greg Chappell. Its a shame that a player like VVS didn't play a WC for India when ordinary players like D Mongia, S B Banger, A B Agarkar played WCs for India. All because of this Dadu!

  • anshu.s on May 8, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I can only wish that this IPL is Ganguly's last so he dosen't cheapen his legacy anymore,for Pune's sake his good friend/protege Nehra also joins him.I am really feeling sorry for Manish Pandey as he is the first person to be dropped from the team while untouchables Ganguly,Nehra,Uthappa,Clarke play every single match despite non performance.Pandey made a big mistake last year when he left Banglore for Pune just because he was not played in few matches by RCB,He came to Pune after a huge tug of war b/w Pune and RCB.Ganguly dosen't fancy him so he should go back to RCB or Deccan or kings xi in next transfer window.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 8, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    @kchatter: Please look @ Mr Gursharan Singh's response to your comment. That's exactly what I had to say. I firmly second him.

  • kchatter on May 8, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Hemang Badani!!!!! vs Ganguly! Ok, some one here is trying compare Orange and Apple.

  • howardroark_fh on May 8, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @ashish panda completely agree with u. ganguly was very good in the early part of his career. it's when people recognized his weakness for fast bouncers and he lost his form, he became an altogether different person hanging on to his place n politicizing issues. sure agree with u that badani's career was destroyed by him( may not b intentionally though). but he remains the best captain india ever had in tests.

  • Hayat22 on May 8, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Brit_freakster, Assuming the PWI listens to your: Save Ganguly Plan, and we get to see him perform. In that case, let us watch one more time, where PWI ends up in the rankings. I'm pretty sure that it will all stay as it is now. You ca change whatever teams, but the result; the objective of the tournament - championship and rankings will hardly move. And what else will not change will be a set of new excuses to bail him out again by his diehards, who are least interested in winning, but rather than watching him play for as long as he can; victory is incidental to their pursuit. Let us wait for IPL6, and hopefully well get to see also, though I have sense he would be offered a brand ambassdorship/mentorship/coaching of Sahara PWI, otherwise the acquisition of Clarke would only add very little to PWI overview.

  • on May 8, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    For a long time Ganguly was liability for Indian Test team occupying that Number 5 slot by showing that he is a good captain. if one has Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag in his team the team cannot perform that badly very often. Yuvraj Singh could not take up that number 6 slot because our great Mr. Captain has to play. There was another good player who would have been a good test match option for India called Hemang Badani, his career could never start because otherwise what will dada do. A cricket captain first job is he should perform with his skills set and leadership is an added skill. Dada failed big time as KKR captain which I still feel was not a bad team that time too. It had David Hussey, Aktar, Mc cullum, Mendis ( he was mystry like Narine that time). The problem is dada wants all credits for himself when his team wins and his whole focus is on himself being a hero rather than focussing on the job. The wicket of Pieterson was a lucky blow and then what about his bowling.

  • Brit_freakster on May 8, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Suresh Raina (batting average 24.09 in IPL-5), Virat Kohli (batting average 20.10 in IPL- 5), Zaheer Khan (18th ranked bowler in IPL-5) - all Indian leading cricket stara are miserably failing in IPL-5, why only blame Ganguly. What Yuvraj Singh did last year in PWI as captain? Answer that Q first, before blaming Ganguly...

  • Brit_freakster on May 8, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    It is ridiculous how people are blaming Ganguly...when the whole unit has failed...no one is blaming Clarke or Uthappa or Manhas or Nehra. The big positive for PWI was Anusthup Majumdar and he should be groomed for the next IPL. Also Uthappa should be let go by PWI, he is a liability. For the overseas slots I'd like to see Luke Wright, Tamim, Ryder and Thomas in the next few games. From the locals bring in Kamran Khan, Murtaza, Khadiwale, Monish Mishra. Hopefully with Ganguly and Yuvraj combining next IPL, we can see a better performance from PWI.

  • JG2704 on May 8, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Amazing piece of fielding by Smith. A shame it counted for nothing. I think this guy has been a surprise performer in this tournament

  • Ha8rick on May 8, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    So it has happened MANY times. Failure = Blame Ganguly! Success = Just a fluke for Ganguly. I don't see people mention much about the failures of the Star Studded teams like Chargers and even RCB who are at the Bottom 3. Hypocrisy at his best. Grow up people. Enjoy the rest of the IPL.

  • kchatter on May 8, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower - No where in my post i said it everybody should be blamed except Ganguly. What i opposed is Ganguly being blamed for all losses. There are other members in team too, yes he can not escape the responsibility being a captain of the team. I think it will be difficult for you to understand being a "follower". You should play cricket at least once in your life rather than just following it. After all follower's can not be leader.

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @kchatter: Forget about scoring 50 at any level, most people here have probably not picked up a bat in their lives. But you've to understand that cricket in sub-continent evokes strong emotions that range from love, admiration to envy to even hate, jealosy, etc. I bet most SG-bashers here don't undermine his contributions to Indian cricket. But there is no doubt that he is pretty much a burden on PW. Of course the blame should go to other players as well as team management, but as one guy mentioned, SG is cheapening his past legacy by hanging around as extra baggage on PW. It was not just against MI that he batted slow, it's happened throughout the tournament. In fact, his strike-rate came under scanner even last year. And he's always had ego-related issues right from Greg Chappel days to KKR to even now. He might score 40-50 in next game & suddenly his fans will scream about 'silencing' his critics. But a one-off performance won't take away the fact that his days are over now!!

  • on May 8, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    comical dada fans when they win its bcoz due to his superior capt but when they loose its bcoz others r not performing..lolz

  • secondopinion on May 8, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Shane Warne took a bunch of non-topline, some almost unknown, cricketers and won the IPL. A good captain is one who extracts extra-ordinary results from ordinary people. Also, leader has to lead and give confidence to the team by personal performance. Ganguly has failed on all these important aspects of captaincy, which is more than walking up for a toss, setting the batting line-up and making bowling changes.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 8, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @kchatter: that's the problem with all DADU lovers like u. When Dadu's team loses, you blame everybody in the side. When it wins, you credit Dadu irrespective of whether he contributes as a player (bat, bowling, or fielding), attributing the win to his "captaincy".

  • kchatter on May 8, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Well, most the people criticize Ganguly here in this forum most probably never scored 50 in their life in any cricket match and come here and discuss what Ganguly should do.If Ganguly is sole responsible for Pune's failure then what rest of the 10 players are doing? I thought It's a team game.I agree that Ganguly is not a good player for T20 match but that even Pune knew it before they took him. Ganguly played at lower order in KKR match what's other players did there? In other team at least one/two players are playing well and pushing them to victory. So what Pune needs a good finisher and at least one/two players to play well in a match. Not sure why Tamim is not there in team? But if bringing Tamim would have solved the issue then Bangladesh would have been T20 Champion. Yes, Ganguly should be blamed for loss against Mumbai for batting slowly, but that's the one match. If Pune needs to start wining then they need to perform as a team.

  • British_North_America on May 8, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    now, with nothing to lose position, can Tamim get a chance?

  • JG2704 on May 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Again , no Alfonso Thomas. Surely he is better as a T20 bowler than Clarke is as a batsman. Ganguly - if you're not going to play him send him back to England where he will be appreciated greatly at Somerset

  • bismoy on May 8, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    please dada retire!!!!its very hard to see dada batting.He should take commentary full time.

  • pjbarua on May 8, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    It seems really pathetic for pune. What a team selection! Tamim is still out there in the side bench! Why not using your options when things are not working?

  • on May 8, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I think Tamim Iqbal deserve a chance. He is better than Angelo or Clark in T20 format. In his given day he can won any matches. Hope Sourav will give him a chance to prove.

  • ramsu on May 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    I am hardcore fan of Ganguly.But after watching his batting now a days i hat to watch Pune matches

  • k4zz on May 8, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    PWI just haven't done anything to fix their biggest problem which is their top order not performing. They just haven't given certain players enough or even any chance to perform, while some players who have constantly failed have been kept in the team. There opening batsmen of Ganguly and Clarke in T20 is a clear indiction, as both have been poor and are not suited for T20, which ends up putting more pressure on the rest of the batsmen as they score low and waste balls. Luke Wright and Tamim Iqbal should have been given an opportunity at the top order to capitalise on the powerplay. Wright was one of the best at the Big Bash and Tamim has been in good form after the Asia Cup. Nathan McCullum another player who could give balance as an allrounder has yet to be given a chance, while in the Indian section Ali Murtaza who was quite good for Mumbai Indians before should have been given a chance.

  • Hayat22 on May 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Now PWI can't blame SG for this. they should have known what he brings to the T20 format. I mean the excellent rankings all his teams have gotten over five years, should leave little scope for further speculation. And SG & MC waddling like grandfathers to give a 'start' that was the only thing not seen from this team! Yo ho way to go! Nevertheless one must applaud Saurav Ganguly for trying to battle father time, however if he were to declare that this IPL will be his last then it will certianly give the rest of the matches some context and give him a chance to go on a high, otherwise his persistance will only cheapen his legacy further.

  • on May 8, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    PWI did the biggest make in their history, by appointing the self centered captain who has the ego problem, who can't think beyond himself.......... when a team keeps losing, it is really astonishing to go to the field with the unchanged losing unit and keeping the best players out of the team in the side bench........ so PWI can do the bziness good but probably they can't win a single match...... It is a shame to see the ongoing PUNE slaught....... just change the captaincy...... change the opening batsman, bring a hard hitter in number 6/7 position and things will be changed in the next season.....!

  • on May 8, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    This team is named Pune warriors but is managed by Bengalis, lead by Bengali with mostly Bengali players and cheered by them, too. There is not a single Maharashtrian player in it. I wonder if any Marathis are really interested in the fortune of this losing team. Can't see any comments by them in favor of this team. If we persist with this selection of players, then God alone can help them...:(

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 8, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @Kavindeven: Do u call SRT an "oldie" after his last innings against CSK?

  • on May 8, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    One great thing that I hope comes out of Pune's exit is Nehra's exit from the Indian team. He started out as a promising bowler, but then lost his touch with the game and now he is just too shabby and has costed India in the past and Pune in the present a lot of matches.

    Goodbye Mr. Nehra.

  • prakhar24 on May 8, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Well done RR. Good work from RR, now they are back in fight. now RR has to play with CSK, Pune, DC and MI so they have a great chance make place in playoff.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 8, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    for God's sake PWI replace Mr DADU with Tamim for rest of the matches. Else it'll be the same old story! I hope this is Dadu's last IPL. Not even a backdoor would open for him to sneak through!

  • cricfan2007 on May 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Ganguli's ego has cost pune in this IPL. Sorry to see certain great player don't know how to keep their greatness beyond controversy.

  • pai11 on May 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    more than the PWI matches per se it was always fascinating to read the comments of DADA supporters here. initially, when DADA's performance was comical, they used to claim that the team was winning due to his leadership skills and all. then in one match where he really "performed" they went bizzerk exclaiming how it is in his 'blood" and all. and after that when the team went downstream they started to blame everyone other than DADA... I feel a captain must lead from the front which DADA has forgotten and its better to hang his boots now rather than make a comedy of himself. but i am sure his supporters will claim that PWI has performed better under him than Yuvi due to "LEADERSHIP SKILLS".....

  • cricfan2007 on May 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    I am surprised that after a series of losses, Ganguli even bother trying Tamim Iqbal in the top ? Its not that he can change pune and led to win IPL, it is about trying something different when the old sketch failed repeatedly. Shame! A sad end of a great career of Ganguli even in IPL.

  • pai11 on May 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    none of the "capped" players of PWI had strike rate more than 100!!!

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    PWI paying the price for appointing the most self centred player who can not think beyond himself, as captain and mentor..under the non-performing captain,a good team has disintegrated beyond repair.

  • ddc....... on May 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    nehra should be left out along with clarke and give kamran and tamim a chance

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    way to go royals !! Aussi duo made this a Royal day, but they need many more such performances if they want a place in playoffs .

  • phoserqa on May 8, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    ganguly what batting man he is the biggest culprit for the loss useless team selection

  • Sohel_ahmed on May 8, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    PWI have showed the world how an arrogant and non performing captain and his commonsense defying team selection can ruin a team's prospect to reach the play off's when they had enough resources to be one of the point table toppers.One can never justify Michael clarke's automatic selection in the eleven as well as Nehra's.Clarke is the captain of Australia and a good test batsman but he has never been known as a top class T20 player. Watson couldnt stop laughing after bludgeoning Nehra for a six and you know why he was laughing like that.These kind of pie chuckers arent dime a dozen these days.And its better not wasting words writing about Captain Pathetic.I mean when you see Ganguly and Clarke are opening in a T20 match,you know its a joke.Not picking Tamim for once is pure nonsense and shows the senseless arrogance of a captain who can't bat himself.

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Mathematically pune can still make play off with 14 points.....herculean task though........but miracles do happen :)

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    The scenerio of PWI is just self-creation, unexperienced management has given Ganguly the full authority due to his reputation and Ganguly just misused it. Wrong team selection and Ganguly`s arogant manner as well his selfishness caused huge damage to PWI, he should sense that Ryder would be much better than Clark in t20, and Tamim would be better if Ryder fails, he should also try to lower down his batting position, but he can not do that as his is selfish.

  • tariq_16 on May 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    very nice Ganguly. You are the rigidest captain i ve ever seen in my entire life. I had high respect for you. Its over now. Forget about Tamim , i know you wont let him play. Is there any problem putting yourself down for one match and trying with other Indian talents? Is there any problem trying other indian bowlers rather than Nehra?? Is there any problem playing Luke or Tamim for once???Look at vettori. What a captain. he came down for Murali. But you my friend, are a genius and no one can teach you anything. Now i know why Greg Chappell got you out. Reasonable.

  • CricFan321 on May 8, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Even though many would say that inability of Ganguly to fire in this edition of IPL is the main reason for Pune's poor performance, to which i agree to some extent i would also like to highlight the fact that Pune lacks a good finisher. While teams like Mumbai has players who has the ability to score 14 off last 3 balls , pune lacks such a player. Though Steve Smith has the potential he needs to improve a bit more. the inability to finsh close matches against mumbai and kolkata in the final overs has hurt Pune a lot.I strongly feel Ganguly's leadership skills are beyond any doubts. His performance against Delhi is a glimpse of his ferocious past.. He still remains one of the best leaders in the arena , but his depleted batting skills combined with poor support from his team has hurt the performance.

    PS: A true DADA fan not able to digest the defeat :-( ... NOM... Peace :-)

  • rsurya on May 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Ganguly almost single handedly won for Rajasthan Royals.

  • Hayat22 on May 8, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Dada should retire from the IPL and join the BPL for the next season. Then both sides of greater Bengal, fans will get plenty to appreciate Shakib and Dada. Win-Win situation for both sides. ;-)

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Very dismal performance by PWI , we all are disappointed the way they played . they should have gone with full force as they have nothing to loose.Damage has been done now , much awaited Ganguly sixers are not there , they cant get even boundries whereas other teams are scoring at will ....

  • Romenevans on May 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Dada was and will always be a liability on the team for he will be playing. The IPL5 Pune played with 10 players only because Ganguly didn't exist for them. Its a bitter truth for his fans but that is the reality, and now PWI is out of the tournament. Why don't these oldies (Rahul Dravid is an Exception) leave the game let the kiddies play it? Sad!

  • XP79303 on May 8, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Dear DaDa, with due of respect you have finished by yourself & finish the light of hope for PWI. However still you can do something to drop yourself as we know u a honest person & make the lineup with a regular opener. Try last cauple of matches by Tamim. Don't use him to lay on side bench.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 8, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Second duck for Rahane and second time the RR opening pair didn't get a good partnership. The impact of the addition of Watson and Tait is easily palpable. Sorry to note that Hodge is injured. I would definitely want to have him in place of Botha to add more fire-power to the batting. Watson has been brutal in his onslaught. And he didn't even look like he was going in topgear. That's some astonishing batting on such a slow track to score 90 runs out of 125. That's ridiculously brutal batting by Watson. Tait!!! He was simply unplayable. Very accurate and fast and furious. Excellent win for RR and now they are slowly climbing the ladder. Hopefully they will continue this good run and make it to the play-offs. Take a bow RR, Watson, Tait and Dravid for his lovely Captaincy and field placements. Excellent bowling, fielding, batting and Captaincy. Excellent allround performance by RR. Very exciting. Where is our buddy SurlyCynic?

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 8, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Second duck for Rahane and second time the RR opening pair didn't get a good partnership. The impact of the addition of Watson and Tait is easily palpable. Sorry to note that Hodge is injured. I would definitely want to have him in place of Botha to add more fire-power to the batting. Watson has been brutal in his onslaught. And he didn't even look like he was going in topgear. That's some astonishing batting on such a slow track to score 90 runs out of 125. That's ridiculously brutal batting by Watson. Tait!!! He was simply unplayable. Very accurate and fast and furious. Excellent win for RR and now they are slowly climbing the ladder. Hopefully they will continue this good run and make it to the play-offs. Take a bow RR, Watson, Tait and Dravid for his lovely Captaincy and field placements. Excellent bowling, fielding, batting and Captaincy. Excellent allround performance by RR. Very exciting. Where is our buddy SurlyCynic?

  • XP79303 on May 8, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Dear DaDa, with due of respect you have finished by yourself & finish the light of hope for PWI. However still you can do something to drop yourself as we know u a honest person & make the lineup with a regular opener. Try last cauple of matches by Tamim. Don't use him to lay on side bench.

  • Romenevans on May 8, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Dada was and will always be a liability on the team for he will be playing. The IPL5 Pune played with 10 players only because Ganguly didn't exist for them. Its a bitter truth for his fans but that is the reality, and now PWI is out of the tournament. Why don't these oldies (Rahul Dravid is an Exception) leave the game let the kiddies play it? Sad!

  • on May 8, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Very dismal performance by PWI , we all are disappointed the way they played . they should have gone with full force as they have nothing to loose.Damage has been done now , much awaited Ganguly sixers are not there , they cant get even boundries whereas other teams are scoring at will ....

  • Hayat22 on May 8, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Dada should retire from the IPL and join the BPL for the next season. Then both sides of greater Bengal, fans will get plenty to appreciate Shakib and Dada. Win-Win situation for both sides. ;-)

  • rsurya on May 8, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Ganguly almost single handedly won for Rajasthan Royals.

  • CricFan321 on May 8, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Even though many would say that inability of Ganguly to fire in this edition of IPL is the main reason for Pune's poor performance, to which i agree to some extent i would also like to highlight the fact that Pune lacks a good finisher. While teams like Mumbai has players who has the ability to score 14 off last 3 balls , pune lacks such a player. Though Steve Smith has the potential he needs to improve a bit more. the inability to finsh close matches against mumbai and kolkata in the final overs has hurt Pune a lot.I strongly feel Ganguly's leadership skills are beyond any doubts. His performance against Delhi is a glimpse of his ferocious past.. He still remains one of the best leaders in the arena , but his depleted batting skills combined with poor support from his team has hurt the performance.

    PS: A true DADA fan not able to digest the defeat :-( ... NOM... Peace :-)

  • tariq_16 on May 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    very nice Ganguly. You are the rigidest captain i ve ever seen in my entire life. I had high respect for you. Its over now. Forget about Tamim , i know you wont let him play. Is there any problem putting yourself down for one match and trying with other Indian talents? Is there any problem trying other indian bowlers rather than Nehra?? Is there any problem playing Luke or Tamim for once???Look at vettori. What a captain. he came down for Murali. But you my friend, are a genius and no one can teach you anything. Now i know why Greg Chappell got you out. Reasonable.

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    The scenerio of PWI is just self-creation, unexperienced management has given Ganguly the full authority due to his reputation and Ganguly just misused it. Wrong team selection and Ganguly`s arogant manner as well his selfishness caused huge damage to PWI, he should sense that Ryder would be much better than Clark in t20, and Tamim would be better if Ryder fails, he should also try to lower down his batting position, but he can not do that as his is selfish.

  • on May 8, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Mathematically pune can still make play off with 14 points.....herculean task though........but miracles do happen :)