IPL news May 10, 2012

Ganguly's final IPL year - Pune owner

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly may give up the Pune Warriors captaincy after this season and take up a mentoring role in 2013, franchise owner Subroto Roy has said. Ganguly, 39, has been in indifferent form this season and his team is second last in the IPL.

Roy said Ganguly had originally been interested in a role as mentor this year as well, before changing his mind. "Sourav will be the mentor next season," Roy told news channel NDTV. "We rather pushed him to play in IPL 5 as he is such a fantastic captain."

Warriors have three matches remaining this season but are already out of the playoff race, having lost nine out of 13 matches. Roy suggested Ganguly, who has scored 261 runs at a sluggish strike-rate of 100.77 this year, would rest for the remainder of the season. "Sourav wants to give youngsters a chance in the last games," he said. Ganguly has led Warriors in all 13 of their matches this season.

Franchise sources, however, told ESPNcricinfo that Ganguly would not miss all three remaining matches, but might opt out of one or two of them. They said a final decision on Ganguly taking over as mentor of the franchise would only be taken after the season.

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  • Himadri on May 13, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Ganguly has made the indian team where players like Yuvi and Sehwag knows thier role very well,so It was not difficult for India to win the World cup 2011 .Imagine if Yuvi didn't played the well he did in World cup ,What would have been the result.

    In World cup 2011 team ganguly's contribution is much larger and cannot be compared with anyone who just came and utilized the team where everyone knew their role better

  • Swapnoneel on May 11, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @tigers_eye: its just not about having resources. its also how you handle them. Gayle was a part of KKR when the team put up absymal performances under the great DADU.

  • mijanul on May 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Pune lost when they couldn't rope in Gayle at the auction. Things would have been surely different had Gayle batted for Pune. It is not hard to agree with me.

  • P on May 11, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Trakkan, wake up dude. Dravid's career ODI strike rate is 71.4, Ganguly just a little better @ 73. Dravid's test average is 52 (36 centuries), Ganguly 42 (16 centuries); Rahul 210 catches vs Ganguly 71. And hold on, T20 strike rate are 116 and 107. Your guess which one is Ganguly's? And Dravid is supposed to be slow-coach. Ganguly may be ahead as a captain, but as a batsman, Dravid is way way ahead.

  • Priyashrav on May 11, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @Trakkan Do you even know what you are talking about? Ganguly better than Dravid,really? Dravid rarely showed any emotions when he played for India because Dravid is a dignified man who has a respect for Cricket and his Opponents. That is why he does not go around swinging his Team-jersey at the Mecca of Cricket and that is why he does not run around the stadium after performing well,as your 'great' Ganguly did! Have you seen Dravid playing one of his legendary knocks(like that 270 or 233),the grit and determination seen in his eyes during those innings was enough to show that he cared for India,he just did not like to be loud and crass about it! And regarding his batting strike rate,well Dravid's strike rate in ODIs is 71.24 while your 'great' Ganguly's strike rate is 73.70 so that is not a huge difference,is it? Dravid is the epitome of modesty while Ganguly is ego personified! Remember the drama Ganguly creates whenever he is dropped from a Team(be it India or KKR)?

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Nobody is bigger then the game, Ganguly's reason to play the IPL for Pune after being shunned by the Kolkata knight riders was purely a arrogant and a selfish decision. This removal proved one thing ganguly is a has been. Him being a mentor is as funny a news as it can be and in the context of growth, the Pune franchise should avoid it. Ganguly could have been gone down history as a kolkata mentor instead of opting to play for another franchise, that just proved that he thought himself bigger than the game and the beloved city of Kolkata.

  • Swapnoneel on May 11, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @Kamesh Babu: ok good. BCCI should appoint you to teach everybody cricket!

  • sarath on May 11, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Ganguly was a bit clear during his commentry stint that he didnt wanna play and be just a coach...but Im sure the yuvraj thing and also to see pune doesnt have any star player to pull the crowds and money they needed someone of dada stature and ofcourse he did make a lot of contribution in that context as he is just next to tendulkar in popularity charts and in some places more than tendulkar....so good move pune till now but what will happen next year who will bring in the crowds for you.....Lets remember him as ganguly the best Indian captain ever and the man who changed everything for Indian cricket and showed them to fight...

  • Karthik on May 11, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    SG is 1000 times better than Rahul. Have you ever seen Rahul excited while playing for India. Did he ever cared to score at strike rate of even 70? Why in IPL alone he gets that energy that too after becoming old? Its just money. If such aggression was there in him he could have won many matches for India in ODIs. Sourav had never been selfish and his achievement with India should be taken as bench mark and not his IPL records. IPL is just a tournament between franchises. It is just for entertainment and to mask India's failure in international matches

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    nehra and uttappa, and one instance of test match batting by ganguly - are the reason pune are near the bottom - there are about 4 matches they could easily have won - one where nehra and sharma each went for 20+ run over, one where ganguly and nehra went for 20+, one where uttappa batted too slow, and the one where ganguly batted way tooo slow (ultimately losing by one run). generally pune batsmen have usually all scored smart 20ies without anyone going on to make a big 40-50 run score. So that's the other reason. ganguly's team selection (ryder dropped) and Pune's batting order (smith coming soooo late) are also to be questioned.

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