IPL news May 10, 2012

Ganguly's final IPL year - Pune owner

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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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  • LoveU_Dada 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

  • passionate_cricket_follower 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.

  • tigers_eye 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.

  • secondopinion 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.

  • chilled_avenger 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)?

  • 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.

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

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

  • rlefti 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...

  • Trakkan 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

  • 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.

  • LoveU_Dada 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

  • passionate_cricket_follower 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.

  • tigers_eye 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.

  • secondopinion 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.

  • chilled_avenger 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)?

  • 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.

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

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

  • rlefti 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...

  • Trakkan 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

  • 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.

  • on May 11, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    please dont keep repeating the statement..dhoni is the captain of 'the best indian team' while ganguly was 'the best captain of india'..i dont agree at all..dada did well no doubt..but there was no lack of quality in the indian team..with dravid..sachin..laxman..kumble..and many others..it was a good team too..and now what do u see..dada capatained kolkota knight riders and it didn't prevail..right now we see PWI..not doing any better..but look at dhoni..captained india to t20 title..captained india to no.1 test ranking..won the world cup..won two ipl titles..and the champions league too..and if you now say that u need a couple of good players to win..how did shane warne win with RR in first ipl..how is dravid doing better than ganguly in the present ipl..so please dont keep saying that ganguly is the best captain we've ever seen..undoubtedly its DHONI..

  • saurabhrajput on May 11, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    For me this is the Last IpL...... Dhoni sucks..... Dada rockssss.................

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    The talented Manish Pandey has 143 runs from 8 matches!!!

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Why isnt anyone talking about PWI's last years performance. That time dada wasnt the captain. For all those who have commented on a hypothetical situation of owning the franchise, i am sorry that god hasnt give them enough money for that.

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    For all those criticizing DADA, they should remember that he was the guy responsible for Bengals vijay hazare success. Few seasons back he played a major role in the promotion of the bengal ranji team. His success in the international level is known to everonel. Accepted that IPL is an area where he hasnt had that much success, but not eveyone can achieve everything( take the case of messi, a flop in the internationals).

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I must say I was looking forward to Pune Warriors this season because they had Saurav as the captain, I still remember, I was around 10 when dada was handed the captaincy, the first series he captained was the India - South Africa series at home, which will unfortunately remembered more for match fixing than Saurav's captaincy. What people love about Saurav is the passion he has and he is not afraid to show it, his knock in Brisbane in the first test match ( I was 13) was amazing, and it came at a time during the test match when India was in a precarious situation and critics were questioning his test record against teams with good pace bowling attack. Prior to Saurav, during Azhar's captaincy and even during Sachin's captaincy, Indian teams used to look listless, it almost seemed like they were going through the motions. Dada changed that, under his captaincy India drew in Australia and England, won the natwest trophy and were runners up in 2003 world cup.

  • zahidtaniv on May 11, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Dada is a legend. There is not a shadow of doubt about it. It's sad to see him retire, but no one can produce wonders year after year. At 39, he should focus on mentoring and coaching now. I am sure he will make a great coach.

  • VJGS on May 11, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Ah! Too bad. He was one of the best captains India has ever had and an amazing opener. I would have loved it if players like Ganguly, Ponting, Dravid, etc went off with a bang rather than such poor form and criticism.

  • fr600 on May 11, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Hahaha, usually the announcement comes from the cricketer. In Ganguly's case, it comes from the owners... how hilarious. This was my comment a few days back: "Gangu's last IPL? I think so." I'm sorry dada, there's no place in a competitive world for non-performers.

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    KKR has more Delhi players playing for them than even DD. And not enough Bengal players. If Dada is made Mentor for KKR, from next season, the Bengal deficit may be partially offset. They would definitely get more home support.

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    And I am concerned about people cutting Sammy up! If DADA is getting those kinds of cuts, well....... it is indeed a cruel world

  • Bir123456 on May 11, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I felt sorry for Ganguly, I believe Virat has the same potential as DADA had once, I don't think Tendulkar or Shewag, Dravid also are great.. If you talk about only legend then, i would like to take the liberty to point out Lara, anyways I am not here for saying all those stuff. FYI, this is very easy to criticize one player, and at the same time this is very hard to win world cup final, rather than winning you the final world cup in your homeland that DHONI did.. analyze and see if I am wrong..

  • on May 11, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Dada is still a good player but age catches up with all. I still am eager to see him play but know that it would be at the expense of a younger player. Hence, this is the best decision. T20 is meant for fit athletic players.

  • soumik on May 11, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Now it should have been clear why KKR lost first 3 seasons and why no team was interested to pick him up in the auction.He is simply not a T20 player and his age is also playing against him.He should understand that he needs to stop now wothout making any serious damage to his reputation as a player.

  • cricket-india on May 11, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    pune and deccan have placed profits before winning...that explains why pune stuck to dada and decan traded off every player worth his salt and have very few recognisable faces. from a business perspective you can't argue with it...i bet the high-profile teams like rcb and mi would still be making losses while pune and deccan are probably enjoying the monetary gains like proper businessmen.

  • Raja13590 on May 11, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    one more thing i would lik to say is tat Dada had all players of class Sachin,Dravid,Laxman,Sehwag,Yuvi,Zak...but then to be a captain one has to marshall his troops well to be victorious. Dada did just d same.. Its not right to blame Dravis for wc2007 loss. Opportunities werent exploited at tat time. So no part wrong wit dravid also. He was nd is a good captain.. coming to dhoni.. he s a good captain cool,calm nd also wins matches wit his artistic yet surprising decisions.. but then again wen it comes to csk i am seeing oly same 13-15 players in most ipl. give some chance to new faces lik mukund,yomahesh(now taken to team in ipl-5),tyagi,saha,anirudha.. ipl is to promote good talents.. i remember a rule tat every ipl team must have players under 22(atleast 1).. is ther anyone in csk.. correct me if i am wrong.. better if csk gives some fresh face atleast next yr.. All d best to every team in ipl. hope bd best make it to playoffs

  • on May 11, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    ITS really sad to see the comments from some guys against Ganguly.. Probably i believe they were kids (becos kids will not have the maturity)whn ganguly was captaining INDIA..Becoz if anyone watches ganguly's matches as a captain for INDia, they would surely accept tht he is the best. Dhoni is the captain of "best indian team",,but DADA is the "best Indian Captain"..No one can replace him...I must say tht those who have commented against DADA are illiterates, tehy dnt knw anything abt cricket..

  • Hayat22 on May 11, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @Babai-Anirban, Now you don't want him to mentor PWI but KKR. why? Those Bengalis who were wearing PWI tshirts now want SG to mentor KKR. Well if mentoring KKR was such a good idea then why did SG or you not support it earlier, and went hammer and tongs at KKR? Now when the PWI has given a pink slip, you remember KKR, which no1 on the hate list. KKR should not take this regressive step as an unwanted Ganguly will seek to force his entry there through his fanatics. Once inside, destabilization of KKR will become his full time job! Beware. It will be more appropriate for SG to stay away from IPL and take up coaching of some minnow country. His profile will certianly let that team also get some matches agiasnt India as both his fans and detractors owuld want to see how his mentoring has served. If they lose, he would not lose much, but if they win then it will be a big victory for him, especially for future top jobs in BCCI.

  • on May 11, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    @soumyas: you are exactly correct. Players make the captain good or worst. If the players don't perform, the captain can't do anything, like the way India lost 4 tests in England and 4 tests in Australia under Dhoni who started his test captaincy without no loss for 10 games. Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting had a very very good players to keep their captaincy records and made them as successful captains. Once those players got retired Ponting was failure at his captaincy and eventually forced to hand over to Clarke.

  • Raja13590 on May 11, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    I just want to say one thing to people here who continuosly criticize Dada for his poor form. Yet again its Management nd owner who appointed him as captain for pwi dis season. May be it bcoz of d standoff between sahara n bcci tat kept subrato roy out of auction... Some say tat SG was not responsible for success of viru,zak nd all.. its bcoz they performed well out of their own potentials. tats right.. but remembeer tat SG gave them d chance for them to stay in d team. wen sehwag batted poor at no.5 he gave his place in opening slot n let viru open wit sachin,, tats wher viru started peaking.. but then he s gr8 player no comments on tat.. Nd for zak he started to take more wkts under SG oly.. then wen he came to other captains he became strike bowler.. so ppl understand tat witout opportunities no one wil becum gr8.. nd its dada who gave them tat.. they grew of ther own but remember who made them to root in team...

  • on May 11, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Dada s always the best..Dont blame him for the loss of PWI..He actually played well in a crucial match againt KKR..He has been the motivation for most of the youngsters..He wil always rule r hearts...The only mistake tht he has done is by including nehra..This bugger nehra is fit fr nothing..hope they take a better and wise decision next year.. ANd for DADA..we always love u....

  • Blessington on May 11, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Rahul Dravid... very pleasing to watch u roccking at ipl. around 400 runs and still more. continue ur hard work bcoz we are left only with ipl to watch u playing. infact i watch ipl5 just bcoz rahul plays and captains the side. all the best. hope u win the title and shout everyone's mouth about ability to play t20 cricket. ur are good captain and mere 2007 world cup failure doesn't fit to tag u as bad. ur awesome let the people realize that. many of the indians know to appreciate the tangible things and not the lateral or soul of things. I would say ur great than sachin bcoz of whom ur contribution is over shadowed. ALL THE VERY BEST RAHUL, UR PLAYING MAKES US STICK TO CRICKET...

  • Babai-Anirban on May 11, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Sourav should come back to KKR as a mentor, like Anil Kumble is with RCB...His mind was not with PWI at all...

  • on May 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    so this is the last ipl i am watching.. DADA retires.. cricket over..

  • Rohit... on May 11, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    OMG!!! So many hate comments. Even though he is the worst player of the entire season but at least give him a proper farewell. Its our Indian Culture to forgive,Right?

  • Publickakaptan on May 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Ganguly comes from defensive mentality..He does not deserve to play T-20 Cricket.He was wasting one youngster place.He may prince in the past but now he is waste.No team should have purchased ganguly as a player.I don't understand why people stay in past.He is not 5% of what gilchrist or hayden or symond or dravid are.

  • suko99 on May 11, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    WHAT RUBBISH ? DADA SHOULD LEAD WARRIORS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE NEXT SEASON AS WELL !!!!! PUNE CAN STILL BEAT DECCAN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE SPOT (AKA WOODEN SPOON) IF DADA KEEPS PLAYING & OPENING THE BATTING. DADA FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GeorgeAndrews on May 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    It was a huge mistake playing Ganguly.... That is the only reason Pune failed miserably...not only that he did not bat well but also wasted all the overs....If I am the owner I would not even consider him as a mentor..he has a problem with his attitude...and is an overly inflated cricketer..

  • on May 11, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @soumas:people makes me laugh sometimes.. i dont know how long they following cricket. player like sachin, dravid, laxman, ganguly, srinath, kumble were playing before ganguly taken over the lead. how many match they have won?? you are talking about yuvi and shewag who made them that famous? can you remember the long lasted failure of yuvi? tell me the kind of back up given by ganguly to him. now shewag who came an allrounder batted at 6 or 7. before ganguly india was a team of cowards at least ganguly have brought the fighting spirits in indian team and that was the beginning of new indian team which is taken over one of the best captain DHONI. anyway, Dhoni is also brought into team by ganguly. we should accept the fact that Dhoni is the best as captain but you can not ignore the huge contribution of ganguly in indian team.

  • Prosenjitch on May 11, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Dada please keep last three match as 60 over match and dont loose your wicket ask Clark and rest to gear up score board .@for today's match dont ask RCB for chess the run . Ask them bat first and use fit DINDA if possible.@PWI nothing to loose just give your best .Wish you good luck .@Ganguly you are the come back ideol during your carrier please put anather flag in your sholder.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 11, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Ganguly as mentor? As far as I see, it will cause further dispute in PW. Dada should goodbye every form of Cricket and concentrate on program like "DADAGIRI"

  • on May 11, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Please allow to play Maharashtra and Vidharbha ranaji players instead of picking up other state ranaji players. There are lots of good players for MH ranaji team due to them MH team reached elite group this time. Also they shows good performace in T20 matches in Zonal mataches. There is no one from Maratha warriors all. :(

  • soumyas on May 11, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Well batsmen like Sachin,dravid have scored against all the countries in all the situations like swinging,seaming,bouncing,spinning tracks....fact is ganguly has scored only on flat tracks or at the most spinning tracks...and his avg against better teams like australia,south africa are always worst...abt his captaincy it was players like sachin,dravid,sehwag,yuvraj,laxman,kumble who won the matches, "without the performing players captain is good for nothing"...best proof Pune warriors team....so, ganguly is avg cricketer and avg captain but media and bongs made him the hero...i never saw any australian,english other country cricketers,commentators praising ganguly...even if they do...it will be under media's pressure.... but they do praise players like sachin,dravid,laxman,sehwag,yuvraj whole heartedly...

  • sadha1972 on May 11, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    HE CAUSED HAVOC AT KKR,NOW HES DONE THE SAME TO PWI.GOOD TO HEAR HES GOING TO STOP PLAYING.PLAYERS LIKE PANDEY ,TAMIM SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE.

  • on May 11, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    DADA should open the bat with uttappa..... dada the greatest captain of all time... every one telling him he didn;t score, he scored better than DHONI, in the next season he should become PW coach.......

  • KingOwl on May 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    This mentor idea is even worse than Ganguly captaining! At least, when he is captaining, he can be held responsible for his actions. Due to his political nature, as a back room guy, he will have all kinds of problems with the coach, and the other staff. If I was the owner, I would say good bye to Ganguly.

  • on May 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    All those who against DADA and sayin he is responsible.. look he retired from int. cricket 3yrs before.. but RAHUL and SACHIN not.. And wat MSD doin in CSK team? nothing but he got strong team.. wat abt GILLI? .. wat abt Kallis? worst strike rate in IPL.. PUNE didnt have match winners.. overall dey hav weak side.. Even DADA goes and YUVI takes captaincy i wont change things.. PUNE senseless owners shld sign impact players.. Nehra s d main culprit his last over against RCB changed d momentum of d team.. DADA wit his brilliance led d team wit some victories.. if DADA hadnt been ther,, dey wud be in last position..

  • DibblyDobbler2 on May 11, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @Mohammad Nayeemuddin I think you will find the Kaif is a very ordinary player ...he has had many chances to show what he can do in the last 5 IPLs and he has done ...nothing. Yuvi - a good ODi player is not a Test cricketer - he's afraid of the short ball ...but his batting has regressed since their epic chase against England but not to the degree that Kaif's has. Today ther are many more deserving cases ...guys who may be able to do more with their talent than these guys.

  • sachin_2078 on May 11, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    very bad thinking on part of worriers, where is that guy Kamran Khan? very enthusiastic and far better fielder than Nehra. Worriers should have brought him back. I wish worriers get all the youngsters in team, mentored by Dada next season.

  • soumyas on May 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Now ppl.... especially ganguly fans realisd that...If players don't perform... captain is good for nothing....It was players like Sachin,dravid,sehwag,laxman,yuvraj made ganguly a successful captain. where as same players didn't perform under Dravid, but ppl held dravid responsible for 2007 WC failure.. now just look, even with formidable Rajastan players Dravid is fairing well, becuze they are performing..... where as PUNE though better side than rajastan on paper residing at the bottom....

  • on May 11, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    PW still has a 1% chance to playofs (PW wins all from here, CSK and RCB lose all their matches, RR ans KXP win just one match)

  • santi77 on May 11, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    best thing to happen for Pune Warriors..dada was a liability to the team as a player and the team suffered badly.the best way for him to contribute to the team is as a mentor or coach.

  • anantxv on May 11, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    off the field, he as a captain is responsible for "not including tamim iqbal at all", "not using manish pandey as much as possible" and on the field, he is not good any more.

  • Referee.007 on May 11, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    lol... There is nothing wrong with DADA.. They have only under rated players.. If a team give poor performance in Bowling & Fielding then only we can blame Team Captain.. If the Team give poor performance in Batting side its not about Captain..In DADA's Captainship PUNE perform very well in Fielding and bowling.. DADA is not in good form cause he is not playing much Cricket.. He plays cricket once in a year and still he batting good like ODI Player... What we expect from DADA is not Much RUNS only MUCH MUCH Attitude... He is giving that attitude a lot to PUNE team.. Thats what we want, he ALREADY Proved lot in BATTING... There is no need to PROVE.. even if he take 0 in all 16 Matches DADA IS BEST....

  • on May 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    satish619chandar@ I totally agree with you that Sourav was not responsible for the success of Viru, Yuvi, Zak, Dhoni and other cricketers who played under his captaincy. I also agree that he was never a great captain. It is because of surge of such exceptional talent under his captaincy to add to the already existing great talents like Sachin, Rahul, and Laxman that Sourave saw success as captain. I think he has underachieved for the kind of talent that was available under him. Where Sourav helped is in cementing Rahul's place in one dayers and giving more leeway to Bhajji. He in fact wasted a match winner like Mohammad Kaif by consistently playing him at #7. He has also costed Yurraj Singh and Kaif a place in test team by playing himself. Yuvraj and Kaif both deserved to play in the Indian test team ahead of Sourav Ganguly.

  • pai11 on May 11, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @ronman2: point 1: PWI did not get left overs.. Tamim Iqbal, Clarke are leftovers by no stretch of imagination. point 2: even if PWI did not take part in auction, they could have had many better players in their squad. look at how DD approached this year. most of their good selections were made in the transfer window & not actually during the auction. so ultimately what matters is how one plans during the 10 months when games are not played rather than 2 months when they are played. point 3: it was foolishness of DADA to select Clarke. what PWI needed was an explosive middle order batsman. they could have appointed one form the pool of players who went unsold during the auction. point 4: Yuvi atleast performed when he was captain. but where is DADA's performance??? point 5: you cant show only one side of coin to prove that your DADA is great. the no. of matches with last-over finishes of PWI team is 4 both last year & this year!!!

  • joseyesu on May 11, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Peoples outside has realised a long back that he is not good as a player for this format, but the franchise has realised now that he is no good even as a captain. Unnecesarly they changes the batting orders and lost the competition. My team for next season would be Jesse, Pandey, Uthappa, Samuels,YUVRAJ, Smith,Rahul, Murali, Dinda, nehra, Alfonso. Hope...

  • 30-30-150 on May 11, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @ronman2 - IPL is setup to give chance to youngsters, unearth and groom Indian talents, not for some retired cricketer to come have some fun. Moreover you need your best batsmen in the Top 3. Look at all the leading run-getters- they are all top-order batters.. PWI have a great bunch of Indian batsmen, probably one of the best in the tournament.. Harshad Khadiwale, Anustup Majumdar, Mohnish Mishra all are top notch players in the making but have failed to get a chance due to Dada.. I know these are unknowns, but every player is unknown at the beginning. Does anyone remember how Majumdar batted in the last match? Or how M.Mishra single-handedly won a match for PWI last season? If you do, then you will understand what I am trying to say... Cricinfo, pls publish

  • satish619chandar on May 11, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @ronman2 : So, Dada as a captain is same as Yuvraj.. Don't say "Dada is the BEST captain for India ever" thing again.. He is not able to handle a team full of guys who are on the verge of making into the team had they performed well in the IPL.. He was just picked as a captain who can bat.. His captaincy was missing in almost every game.. Apart from one brilliance against DD - There too, Viru over estimated Dada by not bowling his left arm spinner in Negi and gave away some extra runs by bowling himself and KP, Dada had nothing to boast off in this IPL!

  • Bruisers on May 11, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Pune would have had a great chance in the tournament had they participated in the players auction and bought a couple of decent players there.

  • Surajrises on May 11, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    This is the problem. No one wants to talk about the root cause of the problem. If SAHARA PUNE WARRIORS have not made it to the play offs in their second consecutive season, then the reason is their OWNER Subroto Roy backing out of the IPL Auctions. I believe that Pune could have bought some brilliant players from the Kochi side and who ever were auctioned. To win games, u need at least 2 IMPACT players which Pune din't have. As simple as that. Stop Blaming Dada. He managed to put the Best 11 on the park when it was still not clear if PWI would actually play in IPL 5!!!

  • anantxv on May 11, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    off the field, as a captain he is responsible for "not playing tamim iqbal at al"l and for "not including the talented manish pandey in as many matches". on field, he is not good anymore.

  • deepak_sholapurkar on May 11, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Its a Good decision. He should not have played this year too. If Dravid and Sachin also follow this path is good. Its bad to see old players struggling. In this IPL except for Dravid all the older players are struggling

    Gilchrist,Tendulkar,Ganguli to name a few.

  • satish619chandar on May 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    If you are going to say that a team with experienced pro like Nehra, M Kartik, Uthappa and dada a inexperienced side and with upcoming potentials like Manish, Bhuvan, Rahul added.. They hand picked Samuels, Clarke and Tamim based on advice from Dada and Tamim was not at all used even when they replaced Ryder.. Yes Pune's games went to close finishes sometimes but in no game, Pune came from behind or they looked like the side who would have won the game.. Dada is a godo captain but i would strongly disagree with the statement that "Dada is the one responsible for the careers of Viru, Yuvi, Zak, Bhajji, Dhoni etc" It is their potential which was used by Dada.. A guy called Dhoni who is far younger and junior than all the stars mentioned too handled them better than Dada..

  • ronman2 on May 11, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    For all those who think SG is the cause for this weak performance I would like to see next yr Yuvi lead the same team with a better show. I wonder who you are going to blame then?? - SG who will sitting in the den for being a bad mentor?

    Media is doing the same thing to Ponting...the only Question they have to ask him is - when are you going to retire? The guy just scored an impressive 50 n all you hav to ask him is when hes gonna retire??? sheesh

    PWI got left overs and that never makes competitive cricket matches and thanx SG we came to last over games...Yuvi would have given up half way thru.

  • on May 11, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Well one question.. It is not about this year IPL.. after Dada became old and lost his form.. since the day he entered into IPL with lost form.. the team underwhich he played had suffered terribly.

  • cricketfan_saroj_nepal on May 11, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Finally we can heard a good news for Dada himself..bcz his strike rate cannot match with the strike rate of virender shewag in test matches.He canot play a classical shot like Rahul dravid, kallis and Tendulkar. but he suits for a coaching or mentor role for any cricket team in the world.More importantly Dada's Blind fan should realize it. Its not matter of biasness. Who plays better in field these guys can earn popularity only like ABD, shewag, KP and Gayle of course.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 11, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    He has to gracefully retired. As it is said by educated commentators that the best time for a person to retire is not when he is playing magnificent but when he feels that he has played enough cricket so as to be in a situation where he can't play anymore. Ganguly is loved and will continue to be loved by all his fans. Cheers to one of the greatest legend not only in the Indian cricket but also around the World. He is known as DADA. We love you and respect any decision taken by you in any path of life. For those cribbing about the performance, I would like to see them reach the age of 40 year and even play 1% like the way he has been playing. This is a commitment that DADA, Dravid and Sachin have towards the game. They can't live without it and therefore, will play till the last breathe left in them. I love you DADA.

  • Masud_BITK on May 11, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Who is the best captain? The simple answer is who can earn more success without having all star players. Look at this year's Pune team, what Ganguly do with them. He still made most of the games very competitive. In case of personal performance, look at others such as Virot, the best Indian batsman now, what he has done so far. If pune would have got two players like Gayle and Warner, the results could be different. I think, picking Clarke is a wrong decision by Ganguly. Pune does not require any more brain but players like Yuvraj or Warner. Playing with Luke Wright and Tamim would have brought better results than Clarke, I assume. Anyway, Ganguly should concentrate on admin job where he is really the best.

  • on May 11, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    The statistics could be misleading, but despite this "low" strike rates, Dada managed 5 MoM awards in 4 IPLs, which is far better than Yuvraj and Dravid's and at par with many other Indian players. He was MoM in one of four PWI wins this season. He is still capable enough to get a chance ahead of many other Indian batsman. PWI has a very bad team and probably had no chance anyway. The team last season had Yuvraj in place of Dada and they finished second from bottom. Does that make Yuvraj a bad T20 player and should we forget his contribution for India in winning both T20 and ODI WCs? Yuvraj, like Dada, can walk into any IPL team. Having said that, I personally feel mentoring is a good role for him and offers him a graceful exit route from this circus ...

  • on May 11, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Its not correct to state that Pune has a weak team, they started off well winning 3 out of first 4matches. The loss against RCB demoralised them , which let to below par performances. Also luck was not on their side when they got rough umpiring decisions in match with Mumbai and KKR, and their main striker Robin not in form. If they had won these 2 matches and the one against RCB, they would be placed well in top 4. But whats really is their problem is a big hitter at the top of order and also bowling at the death overs. ganguli should rightly take over the role of mentor.

  • soumyas on May 11, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @ashish_78, i think u have not watched this year's IPL5 live mate.

  • soumyas on May 11, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @squarepeg, if u think Uthappa as failure, he is the most run getter for PUNE in this IPL5, then just think of others...how pathetically failed other might have been... again PUNE have used Uthappa in all the places ...starting from opening slot to batting till position 5. thats not the way u use a batsman. when u r sure that u cannot drop a player, u shud give some good chances to them at consistent positions.

  • Rohan_K on May 11, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    #PWI losses are only to be put on one shoulder "Ashish Nehra" atleast 3 matches i can remember he gave over 40 runs and the best 24 in over against RCB when they required 21 off the last over to win. Hail Nehra!!1

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Dada is not the one to be blamed. He has given his contribution and should be playing in the next season and for the seasons to come till he feels its time to retire. He is a Bengal tiger and only tiger decides that when should he take rest. He has played well this season with full committment even after being under anlysis and scrutiny all the time. Nobody could perform the way dada did even after being under so much pressure right from the begining.

    Ronman2 and sachit1979 : both of u r correct in saying that some love and some hate him, but nobody lets him out of contention.

    We love our dada unconditionally no matter what his critics have to say ...

  • on May 11, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Some emotional DADA fans should realize its all about performance not emotion. Sachin & Dravid is still playing because of they are playing T20 the way they should play and their strike rate remains almost 150. but what about DADA? strike rate of hardly 100 even sometimes below 100? With this strike rate should he play T20? Think it before commenting. i am a bengali and i know bengali's are always emotional. But the true fact is Dada was better in commentary box.

  • Surajrises on May 11, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Some people over here are talking about Dada getting a good team. Samuels had not played competitive Cricket for a long time, Smith was out of form before entering PWI, Clarke entered late and till then it wasn't sure how is he going to convert himself from Test mode to T20 mode which he did very well. Yes agreed there were a few mistakes by Dada by pushing himself down the order in those few crucial matches. But DADA is DADA and most importantly he is the GREATEST CAPTAIN I have ever seen. Look at Chennai Super Kings.. In-spite of having the best team on the park, they are still struggling to make it to the play offs. Give Dada the same team and he would make it to the play offs much before than others. DADA has led well with the resources he had. This all happened because Subroto Roy decided to stay away from auctions and then couldn't pick the players for his side. He should have bought the players in the auction & then threatened the BCCI 2 pull out of sponsorship.

  • Juniorklassy on May 11, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    What a Gr8 Decision...!! i m all happy..!! ganguly was wasting one place in the PWI team.... he was pathetic in fielding & batting, and his captaincy was also below par. just going by his past records, you cannot say he deserves a place in the IPL.,. his 4 years IPL performance is near to pathetic.. Good move by the PWI management..!! now atleast we can see PWI on higher side of the rankings next year....

  • on May 11, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    decline of PWI started with losing the match with RCB.if ur lead specialized bowler cannot defend 21 runs then u dont have the right to win matches anyway.the entire team is full of second class overrated players like Robin n Manish Pandey.Manish n Valthaty scored a century n the media made them huge.both of them r super flop this year. good foreign players r missing like Gream Smith.Luke wright went back...so no point in blamin Ganguly.its coz of him that we r even talkin about it n Pune has got so many supporters. pune would take atleast two more seasons to understand n grow up for the biggies in IPL.till then who ever is the captain would take the blame. player selection is a scientific method not emotional one.Sushanta sarkar n Abhijit sarkar shud understand that first..

  • satish619chandar on May 11, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @ronman2 : Dada was in the team not for his explosive batting or threatening bowling or tigerish fielding.. But as a mentor and a captain who can bring the best out of a player.. Dada fans always mentions that Dada is the one who groomed Sehwag, Yuvi, Bhajji, Zak and even Dhoni but why he was not able to groom a single player as a IPL captain? What Dada did for India team is like doing it in private schools - Select students who scored high marks and train them to become professionals.. but the same old teacher in Dada is not able to teach and make a normal student to improve him.. Viru or Yuvi or Bhaji would have remained the same under any captain.. it is not them who are lucky to have Dada as captain but Dada was lucky to have them as his teammates..

  • satish619chandar on May 11, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @street_smart : There is a minor difference with the strike rate of the accumulators who score singles every ball and give strike to other players to hit it and guys who play 3 dots and hits four in next ball to have the same strike rate but robbing the big striker the strike and time to get their eye in.. Kohli always played with Gayle and managed to maintain the partnership.. Kallis managed with Baz or Gauti.. Had dada being a senior pro, given the likes of Uthappa or Ryder full license and allowed them to get their eye in by giving them more strike, it would have been better.. And one more fact, the likes of Kohli and Kallis when settled will make it count but the same is not the case with Dada!

  • Seneka on May 11, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Sourav will not play in remaining matches, and Uthappa will continue to appear? Not Ganguly, but Uthappa and Nehra are main reasons for Pune's dismal performance this year.

  • ashish_78 on May 11, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I dotn understand y the people r blamming the dada.Still now he is 39 years bt he gives everthng to the his team and India .he is hardwoking man and our role model.can anybody tell me what have done ROBIN,CLARKE,MITHUN, in this IPL. No one r supporting dada ......

  • Freddie.Dcosta on May 11, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    How I, among million others, would have loved to see him lift the IPL trophy for the Warriors. But there is no argument against form, neither the player nor trainers can do anything about it... it's got to do with body rhythm I suppose. But the bad from doesn't take away anything from what he has already achieved and he will remain in the hearts of millions of cricket lovers all over the world. Thanks to the Sahara group for offering him this season which gave us the 'freeze frame moment' of a jubilant Dada running after taking Pietersen's wicket ! It will remain forever in IPL archives...

  • ajaygodbole on May 11, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Dada did his part, its a team game. PWI lost 3-4 close matches which they could have won, they started well but just could not carry the momentum. they made surprising batting order changes. Tamin surely deserved 2-3 matches, also surprised to see that Nathan Mcculum not getting a single chance, even though he is a spinner he is a very good new ball bowler, plus he can also make handy runs, same goes for Luke Wright, this guy was a hit in KFC 20-20 in Australia. PWI just sticked with Samuels, Ryder, parnell

  • SamRoy on May 11, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Sourav made a mockery of himself by coming at No. 3. No. 3 is a position that should have been reserved for one of the best batsmen in the team not for a 39 year old and 3 and half years into retirement Sourav Ganguly. He wasted so many precious deliveries. If that was not enough he dropped Jesse Ryder in favour of one of the worst international T20 batsmen in the world, Michael Clarke, who is such a terrible T20 batsmen (he is a fabulous test batsmen though) that Australia have given up on him a year back after giving umpteen chances. Bad, bad captaincy. Dropping Rahul Sharma, easily the most talented leggie in the country, after one bad over. Terrible captaincy. One inspired performance against Delhi doesn't make a good captain. And Sourav has been a terrible T20 captain both for KKR and now Pune. (That doesn't take away anything from the fact that he was India's best test captain ever and one of India's better ODI captains)

  • on May 11, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    I am shocked every one blaming dada's performance but no one look after the rest of the player. those who critic just look in PWI team not a single player for perfoming best in t20 intl level this is not first time always give dada very normal team in kkr and pwi same position and if they perform so it will be only for dada motivation and ability. Dada is Most successful caption for india ever and ever

  • on May 11, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Always the same way how it works with Dada...No one cares when he wins matches, but every one blames only 1 out of 11 for losing a match..is it just Dada playing the whole 11 or there are 10 more in team?...Name another consistent player who was there till the end and stabilized the innings when losing quick wickets? Though we all know he was not a great finisher and they need to fill some one who can pull out couple of sixes in the death over. But every one insisted Dada to come down the order and promote smith and finally smith failed and PWI is left with out a Finisher... Name another Domestic player in PWI who was good? Robin is inconsistent others are no where in the contest with Dada.... I love his fighting spirit on the Field and he try to win every match , his hopes die only after the last delivery is bowled...A great Captain , Great Warrior and a Great Cricketer ... We always love you Dada ..where ever you are.....

  • squarepeg on May 11, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    No one can be happy at the sight of a fallen icon. It is sad to see the avalanche of criticism- some justified, some not- hitting Ganguly. Pune is a weak side in batting and bowling and the relative failure of Uthapa is also a fctor in PWI's slide. One might say that PWI should have tried Tamim, given more opportunity to Theron.... The fact stays however- Ganguly has the lowest strike rate of all PWI batsmen, lower than even Clarke. No point arguing Kallis or Virat Kohli has low striking rate. RCB has three awesum strikers and can carry an out-of-form Kohli. Pune can't. Kallis is the second highest wicket-taker for KKR. Of all big name batsmen, Ganguly has the lowest strike rate each of the 5 IPLs. Just compare with Dravid and Sachin's total IPL record. His batting is now painful to watch- that silken timing is gone and he seems only interested in adding to his score, never mind however slowly and if it is putting the following batsmen under tremendous pressure.

  • on May 11, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    sachin tendulkar rahul dravied still playing .i dont think some pepole says that thy are very young . thay are to slow thats why ms dhoni says that he did not want slow dravied and he also said in austrlia sachin tedulkar is slow . but every one not sachin tendulkar . some people are happy to see dada out of ipl . but what young star are puna did in ipl 2012 . sg can not do all batting .

  • Sachit1979 on May 11, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    @ronman2 perfect analysis. You exactly spoke what I wanted to speak. Tendulkar, Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Zak, Harbhajan, Mishra, Parthiv Patel all these are still the torch bearers of India Cricket but did anybody speak a single word about their performance in this IPL. Whole media and most of the former Cricketers are still out there to bash the grand master of Indian Cricket who already hanged his bat 4 years back. But I think that's what Dada's charisma is all about. Whenever he is on field half of the world would be for him and half of the world would be against him because you can love him, you can hate him but you can't forget him.

  • on May 11, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Grow up Guys! Though Pune didnt take part in auction, they managed to get good players. Samuels, Clarke , Smith... They had a good lineup. Foreigners were very good. Indians Dinda, Pandey, Rahul Sharma, Murali Kartik, Nehra, Bhuavnesh, Mithun Manhas... they are all the best of Ranjhi talent... Dada's captaincy was ok... but needed to be better. stop praisin him all times, agreed he had a gr8 career! But the fact is that he didnt do a great job for Pune Warriors and it is not always possible, other captains and teams are not dummies!

  • GSivaram on May 11, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    This is what SRK offered to DADA earlier if im not wrong... DADA is a gr8 person for this role as he did for INDIAN team earlier when he was captain.. He is a great leader with less luck.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 11, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Like many Indians I too admire Sourav for his contributions to Indian cricket. However, no guest should overstay his/her hospitality. Sourav certainly did and Sachin is currently doing so. This is something I will not tolerate. It's sad how some Indians celebrate this brash attitude. Finally Sourav, good riddance.

  • pvangeepuram on May 10, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Saurav is my hero, and hero to millions. It is so sad to see him not to go on a high note for once. Pune this year has surprised many in the first half of the season though they have relatively weak team. Only if two or three matches have gone their way, they would be prime contenders for playoffs now. Cricket and IPL will never be the same without beloved Dada.

  • xylo on May 10, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    As long Sourav Ganguly (and Wasim Akram) are involved in some form or the other with the IPL, all is well. I was worried if both of them were going to get back to the commentary box!

  • on May 10, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    why all are blaming sg only,he has played best ipl cricket this year,he tried everything but others doesnt support him well in pw,plz try to support our greatest indian captian,

  • sportofpain on May 10, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Remember guys that Dada is 39, put together a team from those who were not sold at the auction since PWI didn't participate in the auction and fought tooth and nail to be competitive - which they were.

    But ultimately the quality of the players was bound to tell - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkatta and Bangalore have the best collection and it is no surprise that they are at the top.

    We should just pause and say - thank you Dada! Wonderful memories from a hugely talented player who was also a fighter to the end! Who can forget what you did as India captain - you made us proud, you made us smile...

  • on May 10, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    To be honest its about time. Ganguly has been a fantastic player for India in both the ODI and Test format of the game, but has underachieved in T20 and this has been shown by the lack of success for the KKR and Pune teams he has both played for and captained and why no team bid on him at the last Auction. Unfortunately for Pune they took a big risk by signing him up and no surprise it did not paid off. So hopefully he will put the team ahead of himself for once and allow other players to get a chance for the remaining games, otherwise it will just show that his ego is more important than the success of the team. Time to move on Dada as its time to hang up the bat for a microphone (commentator) or pen (administrator) and leave the cricket to those who can still contribute. Best of luck for the future!!!

  • on May 10, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    if you have to depend on so many permutations and combinations then what's the point in qualifying in the 1st place!!!

  • on May 10, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    @ramsu the slowest PWI batsman was Dada himself !!!

  • on May 10, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Miss u dada. u r cricket 2 me nd many f us dada .from now cricket is nothing 2 me...

  • ronman2 on May 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Besides Tamim Iqbal not getting a chance to play which I just failed to understand I donno why SG is being beaten down so much?

    Besides Dinda and at times Karthik no other bowler was eligible to play for the IPL. Ashish Nehra well past his best...if he had a best...Is SG to be blamed for the amount of the wides bowled by PWI against KKR?

    SG batting was weak...agreed but name another batsman who was consistent? Smith showed great potential and SG promoted him up the order only to fail. Clarke came in with his best form of his life only to flop again (similar to when he was under Ricky Ponting?!?) Robin Uttapa, Jesse Ryder, Samuels no one clicked and we have all the blame falling on SG?

    Does anyone appreciate that he steadied the innings several times when things were falling flat? He's got a great mind for cricket and a true fighter. 10 youth and 1 retired player and everyone blames the retiree. Cricket is not a 1 man sport...let the other 10 raise their hand to accept the failure.

  • Ibra95 on May 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    39, well, being a mentor isn't a bad idea afterol now tamim will get a chance or 2.....or angelo mathews.....or...........

  • Sohel_ahmed on May 10, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    So,The Captain is leaving the sinking ship on a GPS equipped lifeboat and planning to come back to monitor the salvage operation from a safe distance, of course. Fantastic Captain! I aint sure whether they have changed the meaning of the word ' Fantastic ' , what i know is he had done some experiment with a struggling team that was anything but fantastic.A fantastic captain knows how vital it is to have an explosive batsman in the opening pair to give the team a rapid start . And a good captain should know it better than anybody else that a match of Ganguly and Clarke as a opening pair in a T20 game was never made in the heavens.He just ruined the hopes of his team by not including in form players like Tamin in the eleven and by not giving Smith the opportunity to prove his potential as a bowler.He shamelessly stuck with his favourites like Clarke,Samuels and Nehra who laid some rotten eggs for PWI.He has heroically captained his team to doom.Thats what he did.

  • TheAceofSpades on May 10, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    This is very good news for PWI. Yes he has finally understood that he is not fit to play cricket on the fast lane. He will be a good coach and mentor though.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 10, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Sensible decision by PWI. Even an 8 yr old kid knows that Dadaji (or Dadu) SCG doesn't add any value to his team. He is still a hero to me; by far the best cricketer from Bengal (my state), and arguably the best man to lead India. But what I didn't like about him is his arrogance, lack of humility, and political frame of mind. I came across his interview on the eve of the KKR vs. PWI match published in Anandabazar Patrika (a leading Bengali daily). He denied of being out of form citing his cut-over-point against Dale Steyn there! SRT/VVS/RD actually admit being out of form, whenever they have been. This difference of character places them ahead of SCG to me. Nevertheless I wish him success as coach/mentor.

  • backseat_bradman on May 10, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Good riddance...........................

  • ramsu on May 10, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    I haven't watched many of IPL games last year.But because of ganguly i started watching every ball of pune's match this year.I also going stop watching ipl now onwards as ganguly is not going to play anymore.Atleast it will save money and lot of time.Even god also become leader for this Pune team they can't win single match as they have such slow batsmen.I always likes ganguly then any of indian cricketers........

  • street_smart on May 10, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Interestingly if you see statistics, Kallis jhas scored less run & SR is even less than Ganguly this year...

    Even Virat Kohli scored less run & his SR is a touch better than ganguly...

    What I meant that Kallis a great player & Virat Kohli is a the next happening thing had similar result in this IPL but no one complains...

    Ganguly is someone whom everyone follows.. when he is hit everyone praises..when he fails everyone bashes..

    He is the person for him Eden Gardens was almost packed house... in KKR vs PWI match...

    IPL TRP is already falling & Saurav leaving the scene, it will hit the bottom...

    Also PWI got Dada just o captain the side... the biggest failures were Uthappa..Pandey....

    Anyways DADA will be remmebered always.. to so salute to him...

  • Unmesh_cric on May 10, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    The article states that Pune are already out of the play-offs race, which is incorrect. Theoretically, Pune can still make it. Although, a lot of permutations and combinations need to work out. Here is the possible scenario after CSK's win today against RR:

    Pune win all their remaining games, Points: 14 CSK lose all their remaining games, Points: 13 MI win their games against RCB and RR,Points: 18(Mumbai in semis) RR lose their remaining games against PWI, Deccan, MI, Points:12 KXIP win against CSK but lose against all others, Points: 14 RCB lose their remaining games, Points: 13

    In this scenario, DD, KKR, MI and PWI will go through to play-offs, as long as PWI are ahead of KXIP in net run rate. Cricinfo, please have a close look at this.

  • on May 10, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Love u always dada .. Wil miss u frever .. Teard ar rolling out cing tis article

  • i.love.ice.creams on May 10, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    The untold word is here and after much waiting, we'll see the Tiger no longer. Critically, it is in favor of the team as well as Dada himself for you wouldn't want to remember his failure as a captain as well as batsman in T20. We'll miss you Sourav.

  • Hayat22 on May 10, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    This is not news to me. I have been saying this on this forum, ever since Clarke landed that PWI have acquired Clarke for regenerating the PWI work culture, and Clarke would certainly bring a completely different ethos to their dressing room and hopefully their fortunes. SG should have seen it coming and declared it in their last match loss itself that the team needed fresher ideas. Coming to Saurav, although mentorship appears the next step, and being smart he should not precipitate the KKR - SG estrangement replay, however I feel his presence may not completely cut off the PWI as his absence has done to KKR, hence though i have said earlier that he should be smart enough to accept it, however I would revise my opinion and say that Saurav should for sometime stay away from the high profile IPL, and rather take up the coaching of some weaker team, that could benefit from his passion and intensity: Perhaps Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, or Afghanistan could benefit.

  • Vllyms on May 10, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Thanks Dada for your service to Indian team. It would be a right decision to be a mentor and not a player.

  • secondopinion on May 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    One has to acknowledge the urbane way Sahara is trying to handle this delicate situation. Ganguly should be smart enough to know that this is the best way out for him. May be next year he will decide not to be a mentor also. There is no place for that in such a short format, compressed competition, without breathing down the neck of the manager / coach and the new captaiin.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 10, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    I understand that Yuvraj's unavailability and the subsequent pull out from the auction caused some difficulty in team selection but I don't think Pune Warriors had a chance to make the playoffs with this team. I don't understand why an icon like Sourav does not see the writing on the wall. This is a similar situation he found himself with KKR earlier as well. I don't think he is physically up to the standard of playing T20 and his batting is past its prime. Yes, he is still a very good captain and yes he may still be able to create small magic once in a while (like the KP dismissal) but that's not enough to win a tournament like the IPL.

    I think its time for someone like Robin Uthappa or Steve Smith to take over the captaincy for the remaining few games and Yuvraj should be back next year as captain. Perhaps make a few youngsters like Tamim Iqbal, Harpreet Singh, Manish Pandey play in all the remaining matches so that they can get some experience.

  • Dadamissyou on May 10, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sad day for Indian cricket as the era of leadership & attacking cricket comes to final end (*Request you to please play last three PWI games in IPL). Miss you DADA, you will always be my HERO.

  • Srini88 on May 10, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Goodbye and Goodluck Dada.. I am still a great follower of you!!.. I certainly hope they pushed you into this IPL.. ALways be a Gangulian!

  • British-Bangali on May 10, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Yes finally Luke wright and Tamim Iqbal might get a game LOL

  • on May 10, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    finally....ganguli understood tht he s not worth playing at this age...........

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  • on May 10, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    finally....ganguli understood tht he s not worth playing at this age...........

  • British-Bangali on May 10, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Yes finally Luke wright and Tamim Iqbal might get a game LOL

  • Srini88 on May 10, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Goodbye and Goodluck Dada.. I am still a great follower of you!!.. I certainly hope they pushed you into this IPL.. ALways be a Gangulian!

  • Dadamissyou on May 10, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Sad day for Indian cricket as the era of leadership & attacking cricket comes to final end (*Request you to please play last three PWI games in IPL). Miss you DADA, you will always be my HERO.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 10, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    I understand that Yuvraj's unavailability and the subsequent pull out from the auction caused some difficulty in team selection but I don't think Pune Warriors had a chance to make the playoffs with this team. I don't understand why an icon like Sourav does not see the writing on the wall. This is a similar situation he found himself with KKR earlier as well. I don't think he is physically up to the standard of playing T20 and his batting is past its prime. Yes, he is still a very good captain and yes he may still be able to create small magic once in a while (like the KP dismissal) but that's not enough to win a tournament like the IPL.

    I think its time for someone like Robin Uthappa or Steve Smith to take over the captaincy for the remaining few games and Yuvraj should be back next year as captain. Perhaps make a few youngsters like Tamim Iqbal, Harpreet Singh, Manish Pandey play in all the remaining matches so that they can get some experience.

  • secondopinion on May 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    One has to acknowledge the urbane way Sahara is trying to handle this delicate situation. Ganguly should be smart enough to know that this is the best way out for him. May be next year he will decide not to be a mentor also. There is no place for that in such a short format, compressed competition, without breathing down the neck of the manager / coach and the new captaiin.

  • Vllyms on May 10, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Thanks Dada for your service to Indian team. It would be a right decision to be a mentor and not a player.

  • Hayat22 on May 10, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    This is not news to me. I have been saying this on this forum, ever since Clarke landed that PWI have acquired Clarke for regenerating the PWI work culture, and Clarke would certainly bring a completely different ethos to their dressing room and hopefully their fortunes. SG should have seen it coming and declared it in their last match loss itself that the team needed fresher ideas. Coming to Saurav, although mentorship appears the next step, and being smart he should not precipitate the KKR - SG estrangement replay, however I feel his presence may not completely cut off the PWI as his absence has done to KKR, hence though i have said earlier that he should be smart enough to accept it, however I would revise my opinion and say that Saurav should for sometime stay away from the high profile IPL, and rather take up the coaching of some weaker team, that could benefit from his passion and intensity: Perhaps Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, or Afghanistan could benefit.

  • i.love.ice.creams on May 10, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    The untold word is here and after much waiting, we'll see the Tiger no longer. Critically, it is in favor of the team as well as Dada himself for you wouldn't want to remember his failure as a captain as well as batsman in T20. We'll miss you Sourav.

  • on May 10, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Love u always dada .. Wil miss u frever .. Teard ar rolling out cing tis article