IPL 2012 review - Pune Warriors May 19, 2012

Defeat, despair and dada

ESPNcricinfo reviews the performance of Pune Warriors in IPL 2012
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Where they finished


Brought up the rear, like previous season, with just four wins from 16 games, and an IPL record of nine consecutive defeats.

Key player


Electric in the field and explosive with the bat, Steven Smith played a key role in each of Warriors' four wins. His crisp but calm hitting turned tight chases into manageable ones and boosted average totals to match-winning ones. Acrobatic stops in the deep and spectacular attempts at catches were the norm when the ball sped towards Smith. A decent leg spinner, he bowled just two balls in the tournament, but despite that, created enough impact.

Bargain buy


Smith had gone unsold in the 2012 auction (base price $200,000) despite leading Sydney Sixers to the Big Bash League title a week before the auction. He had missed IPL 2011 with an ankle injury after being bought for $200,000 by Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

Flop buy


At $950,000 and $850,000, Angelo Mathews and Ashish Nehra were costly acquisitions in the 2011 auction for Warriors. Mathews has a growing reputation as a finisher for Sri Lanka but he wasn't able to play even one decisive knock down the order for Warriors. He did end up with a much better economy-rate, 7.38, though, than Ashish Nehra's, 8.37. Nehra had a few productive outings but on five occasions, he conceded more than ten runs an over. His meltdown in the final over against AB de Villiers heralded Warriors' downfall after they had begun with three wins in four matches.

Highlight


The surprise win over table-toppers Delhi Daredevils. Daredevils had started the season with four wins in five games before they ran into Warriors and Ganguly. Jesse Ryder, Ganguly and Smith carried Warriors to 192, their highest total ever. Ganguly then bowled Kevin Pietersen to break Daredevils' momentum in the chase. Warriors did not give it away in the final over either, with Alfonso Thomas conceding five when 26 were needed.

Lowlight


The win over Daredevils was about as good as it got for Warriors. It is difficult to pick one low moment in a season which descended into nine consecutive losses. Conceding a hat-trick to little-known Ajit Chandila, the Rajasthan Royals offspinner, comes to mind, as do the twin losses to fellow strugglers Deccan Chargers.

Verdict


Sourav Ganguly or Yuvraj Singh, Warriors have only four wins to show for each season. Both campaigns began positively; 2012 slipped deeper than 2011, and never recovered. While Chargers copped the majority of criticism for their poor showing, they at least got into winning positions in several games only to lose, mostly, through elementary lapses in the field. Even when they did not lose heavily, though, Warriors hardly reached dominating positions, and were largely dull and uninspiring. It was a common feature of their performances previous season as well. It is difficult to blame captains in as volatile a format as Twenty20, but sequences of nine and seven straight defeats in 2012 and 2011 are damning. Yuvraj at least made lots of runs, and quickly. An average of 17.86 at a strike-rate of 98.89 with all but three innings at No. 3 or above show that Ganguly the batsman made it even harder for Ganguly the captain.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Why do Ganguly fans find it so hard to accept the reality ? Their constant denial is very similar to what Ganguly himself does, it would do a world of good if he accepts his shortcomings and works to improve them if he wants to continue playing. For almost a decade now, he has always been a non-performing captain. That does not speak good about the wonderfully stylish left-hander, who with his knack to pierce even the most taut offside fields formed one of the best opening pairs of all time in company of Sachin.

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    now ganguly should make a bread restuarent.....always wearing a helmet to hide face.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Dada as batsman wasn't bad. But the team didn't click. With wickets falling around him, Dada couldn't really express himself. When Dada could hold up one end to guide the team to a good total, there was no need to have similar players like Clarke, Ferguson, Ryder. What the team needed were players like Tamim, Steven Smith up the order.

  • on May 21, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Tha day when PWI was playing KKR, when Clarke was facing Sakib, a friend of mine exclaimed that "Clarke would now seek revenge after being smashed around by Sakib." It was a LOL moment. I replied "the best revenge Clarke can have is taking a single coming down the wicket :p This man is not capable of anything more than that." Seriously, Clarke is a very good test batsman, good enough batsman to bat ONLY in the middle overs in ODIs with his 1st & 2nd gears, but a total liability in T20.

  • cskfangg on May 21, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Poor team selection continues... Its quite surprise that PWI didnt play tamim & N.mccullam atleast in the last match.. Considering next season..they should have tested their other foreign players...

  • cskfangg on May 21, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Even pune managemant knows what ganguly can do @ his age now.. Then why they made him captain?...they might retain him as a coach! May be the reason is that they want the expereince & captaincy of ganguly,which he did well... Its obvious that u cant except much from him ,then blame it on the management! not Ganguly...

  • nkoch on May 21, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Dada has always played to prove a point. This time he proved that old, retired, nonathletic, self centered heroes should learn when to call quits. Or else, they tend to lose the esteem 100 billion people hold for them really fast. Dada, please retire from all forms of cricket and choose a career to be a leadership management guru.

  • Sudipta.94 on May 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    The cause of the worst show of PWI is the captancy of Ganguly, their foolish team management and Subrata Roy(BHETO and Ganguly mad bengali) and for picking Sourav Ganguly after refused by all teams.

  • on May 21, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    It just belies belief that the players of Tamim and Nathan McCullum's caliber did not even get a chance in any one of the 16 matches over a period of 2 months! This absolutely makes no sense, especially in Tamim's case, where he arrived for IPL in red-hot form. I think he is one of most destructive batsmen in the sub-continental conditions and would have helped his team's cause a lot, especially because of his extreme liking to the below-average Indian bowling (and no I am not a BD fan - I am an Indian fan). I am not sure whether it's the team captain's folly or a collective decision by all the wise men in PWI think tank, but it did sure produce disastrous results for the team. As for DADA the batsmen, the lesser said the better. Though the records don't tell the whole story all the time, but in this case, the records do cry out the facts about DADA the batsman. Other supposedly big guns (big-ticket bowlers and batsmen both) also failed for PWI, but DADA's batting was simply appalling

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 20, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Sportscentre BD, you are right, I agree. Egoistic and self centered Ganguly lost PW matches after matches.

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Why do Ganguly fans find it so hard to accept the reality ? Their constant denial is very similar to what Ganguly himself does, it would do a world of good if he accepts his shortcomings and works to improve them if he wants to continue playing. For almost a decade now, he has always been a non-performing captain. That does not speak good about the wonderfully stylish left-hander, who with his knack to pierce even the most taut offside fields formed one of the best opening pairs of all time in company of Sachin.

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    now ganguly should make a bread restuarent.....always wearing a helmet to hide face.

  • on May 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Dada as batsman wasn't bad. But the team didn't click. With wickets falling around him, Dada couldn't really express himself. When Dada could hold up one end to guide the team to a good total, there was no need to have similar players like Clarke, Ferguson, Ryder. What the team needed were players like Tamim, Steven Smith up the order.

  • on May 21, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Tha day when PWI was playing KKR, when Clarke was facing Sakib, a friend of mine exclaimed that "Clarke would now seek revenge after being smashed around by Sakib." It was a LOL moment. I replied "the best revenge Clarke can have is taking a single coming down the wicket :p This man is not capable of anything more than that." Seriously, Clarke is a very good test batsman, good enough batsman to bat ONLY in the middle overs in ODIs with his 1st & 2nd gears, but a total liability in T20.

  • cskfangg on May 21, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Poor team selection continues... Its quite surprise that PWI didnt play tamim & N.mccullam atleast in the last match.. Considering next season..they should have tested their other foreign players...

  • cskfangg on May 21, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Even pune managemant knows what ganguly can do @ his age now.. Then why they made him captain?...they might retain him as a coach! May be the reason is that they want the expereince & captaincy of ganguly,which he did well... Its obvious that u cant except much from him ,then blame it on the management! not Ganguly...

  • nkoch on May 21, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Dada has always played to prove a point. This time he proved that old, retired, nonathletic, self centered heroes should learn when to call quits. Or else, they tend to lose the esteem 100 billion people hold for them really fast. Dada, please retire from all forms of cricket and choose a career to be a leadership management guru.

  • Sudipta.94 on May 21, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    The cause of the worst show of PWI is the captancy of Ganguly, their foolish team management and Subrata Roy(BHETO and Ganguly mad bengali) and for picking Sourav Ganguly after refused by all teams.

  • on May 21, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    It just belies belief that the players of Tamim and Nathan McCullum's caliber did not even get a chance in any one of the 16 matches over a period of 2 months! This absolutely makes no sense, especially in Tamim's case, where he arrived for IPL in red-hot form. I think he is one of most destructive batsmen in the sub-continental conditions and would have helped his team's cause a lot, especially because of his extreme liking to the below-average Indian bowling (and no I am not a BD fan - I am an Indian fan). I am not sure whether it's the team captain's folly or a collective decision by all the wise men in PWI think tank, but it did sure produce disastrous results for the team. As for DADA the batsmen, the lesser said the better. Though the records don't tell the whole story all the time, but in this case, the records do cry out the facts about DADA the batsman. Other supposedly big guns (big-ticket bowlers and batsmen both) also failed for PWI, but DADA's batting was simply appalling

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 20, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Sportscentre BD, you are right, I agree. Egoistic and self centered Ganguly lost PW matches after matches.

  • Hayat22 on May 20, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @eZoha, I meant captains who led longer such as 2 seasons or more: Laxman was dropped after a few initial matches. Its only SG who is a glaring omission considering the leadership credentials he brings. i'm not sure about Sanga, how many seasons he led, but Vettori's RCB was in the finals last year. You should know that no team under Ganguly has ever made to semis so he is an undoubted choice here! Hope you get the drift.

  • Hayat22 on May 20, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    @eZoha, see SG fans will always have a theory to counter but 5 IPL seasons should be enough to even out any of those factors and that's how players are judged, and SG should be no exception. Though SG's supporting base is oblivious to it. Any victory is put at his feet while defeat comes due to bad teammates. In KKR SG was at the auction table, please remember. Let me also tell state that no matter what the result, his core base will continue to find excuses. He is performance proof, and his fanatics know it, yet support him. This is an anomaly in the new cricketing order that glorifies performance and rightly so, and rejects compromizes on quality. Doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result each time is what this experiment with Ganguly has become. I'm looking forward to seeing the reasons put forth by SG fans after IPL6, which I have an inkling would not be dissimilar to what we have on view here!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 20, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @eZoha: I beg to differ. I don't agree with the suggestion that Ganguly was not keen, and that he was coaxed by the PWI manegement to lead the side.

  • eZoha on May 20, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @Hayat22 >> not sure why you are so infuriated with Ganguly. There are many captains who didn't took the teams to the semis, like Dravid, Laxman, Sanga, Vettori, McCullum. All the players you have mentioned (Gayle, Mc Cullum, David Hussey, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond, Ajantha Mendis), only Hussey played the most (one and a half seasons) under Ganguly and did well. Shoaib Akhtar played 3 or 4 matches and only performed in 1, before leaving due to injury. Gayle played under Ganguly only in he third season and he didn't played badly there either. I have been following Ganguly and his team(s) quite closely and I am afraid your information, logic and conclusion are incorrect.

  • snbindia on May 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I am agree with " SportsCenter-BD " Comments...

  • eZoha on May 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower >> Pune owners requested (and paid good amount to) Ganguly to play this season and also lead the team in absence of Yuvraj. That's why Ganguly was on the field. Pune wanted Ganguly's huge fan base on their side and they got that. Every franchise needs a good fan following to make profits. It was a tactical move. Ganguly just could not say no to the owners when they were in trouble. It is a 7 week league and Pune kept everyone interested for 5 weeks at least (and the whole season if you are a Ganguly/Pune fan).

  • squarepeg on May 20, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Big mistakes in team selection with people like Nathan mcCullum and Tamim not even tried when in any case team was losing match after match. Sure, first Luke then Dinda and finally Steve Smith injuries affected PWI, but losing 9 straight matches... some record. amazing why people expected any performance from Ganguly, his scoring rate as a IPL top of the order batsman, has always been a problem. Pune has a good enough team that a few additions of English cricketers can easily fix, and return of Yuvi next year should help, provided Dada stays off the field.

  • Hayat22 on May 20, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @Suman Dasgupta, As you wrote, "..but suddenly they all lost form as well as confidence...". Don't you see the pattern. Prior to the players you mentioned in PWI, there was Gayle, Mc Cullum, David Hussey, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond, Ajantha Mendis etc, but SUDDENLY THEY ALL LOST FORM AS WELL AS CONFIDENCE. What has been happening that ties the two franchises together. I'll give you a hint, though I'm certain you'll have a theory to counter it,most definitely: Factors like luck, players, owners, coaches, toss gorund etc etc, can and do play a role in match outcomes but 5 IPL seasons should definiately be enough to even out these factors and judge a player's capabilitie, both as a player and leader in this format.Do you know that among all IPL captains who have led their sides, there is only one captain never to have taken his team to the semis. even Yuvraj did it in IPL1.There is only one captain who has has perhaps taken his side to all top positions from rock bottom even 9th this time.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 20, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    @Rosh Rochu people don't criticize Dhoni because he finds a way to win when it matters. This is despite the fact that many CSK players are out of form. You can't criticise a captain who takes the team to 5 semis in 5 seasons. Dada finds a way to lose all crucial games. Plus Dhoni doesn't come in the top 6 overs and waste balls duirng field restrictions. Dhoni comes in when the team is in trouble and consolidates -- how do you criticise that. Dada's team selection is also very suspect, and I am not even one of those crazy Tamim fans. Admit that Dada is way past his prime and go enjoy the memories.

  • on May 20, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Being a bangladeshi i always want to see tamim or shakib in every match,because we know they are match winning performer.At the last moment shakib proved that.but tamim....never get a chance to play!!!!!!!with most of cricket fans i also surprised.ok forget that.tamim is not good player,but what about luke wright,nathan mccullum,srikant wagh.why they didn't got a single chance?what ganguly think himself? one man army?is he all in all to win for pune?stupid,totally stupidity.Really such a mental i have never seen.in 2012 player auction he increase his base value from $200,000 to $400,000!!!!!!!!! what a funny was that pune should realise that.Next year PUNE should not include ganguly in any role.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @eZoha: He alone is responsible for his current state. We all saw how overweight unfit he was. Why bother be on field?

  • on May 20, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Pune lost due to poor team selection and strategy. Considering the current form Sourav Ganguly may not be even in the top 15! It is big question mark why Tamim was not provided with a single opportunity. In 2007 World cup and in Asia cups Indian bowler got good pounding from Tamim. So, he is not a stranger to Ganguly I believe. Or its his ego that some other left hander will do better than me and i cannot take that!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 20, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @Manoj Kumar: None's talking about winning here! We are talking about how Mr. DADU lost PWI match after match!

  • Farce-Follower on May 20, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    "Passion" without good captaincy and ability is of no use. PWI was exactly that. Added to it was a scenario like RCB, backing overhyped and below par Indian players.

  • eZoha on May 20, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Much could have been talked about. Pune didn't participate in this year's auction. Yuvraj was out. Graeme Smith was out. Supposed enforcers like Pandey and Uthappa didn't fire. Foreign recruits didn't have much impact except for Steve Smith. Dinda got injured after a very good start. Other teams were reinforced mid-season by Warner, Watson and like whereas Pune got only Clarke who had been absent from T20 for quite a while and he failed as expected. Samuels was the only not-so-brilliant WI in this year's IPL. He was warned for suspicious action and he didn't bowl those faster balls much more, which consequently made him ineffective. Ganguly failed to hit sixes playing spin for the first time. Overall, Pune's bowling was quite OK and on par. Batting was indeed 'dull and uninspiring'.

  • Breaking_Point on May 20, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Simply the truth is Ganguly is a very stuborn person with ego problem. He wants to prove a point everytime! KKR did the right thing to kick him.So did Greg. Without him KkR is doing their best. It's time for Pune to kick him also. Blind Gangulians(!) say that when Pune wins-it's Ganguly Magic!! But when pune loses-it's a team game and everyone failed!! What a joke by them!

  • on May 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    No Tamim....No win.....simple

  • hyped on May 20, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    saurav ganguly should be ashamed of himself did not give alfonso thomas and tamim iqbal enough chances

  • on May 20, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    I wonder why Ganguly did not test the potential of Tamim Iqbal even for once when his team was losing games one after another! Does the Dada have any explanation?

  • Breaking_Point on May 20, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Okay Mr. Abhishek Purohit, i'm completing the review--- UNUSED RESOURCES:- "While Bangladesh all rounder Shakib al hasan's performance caught the attention,the BD openar Tamim Iqbal went unnoticed.Maybe he was unfit not to play a single game but sources tell something else.It was Ganguly's ego that kept him in the sideline for the entire IPL-5. In one hand a man came from Asia Cup scoring 4 50's.On the other Jesse Ryder,who is trying to get well is given all chances.Also Michael Clarke,the Aussie captain,at the last moment joined PWI.He flew thousands of miles the get married & returned also with his wife in the 5 day break.Yet Clarke was in the team!Rumour says that if Tamim was given last 4 chances,& should he perform well in those chances,it would've been a slap in the face! Then Ganguly would face more problems.But in the mean time Ganguly lost his respect from many bd people.

  • shrastogi on May 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Other than Smith it was Dinda whose performance initially gave Warriors a lot of spunk. He wasnt the same bowler after injury and PW performance deterioated. The other question is of attitude. When you lose a close game to RCB after Nehra is being smashed all over if the next day you wine & dine rather than seriously introspect then there is something wrong. Off course it is their first season at Pune's new ground where one would expect home team to do better in coming years. Also 39-40 year olds shouldnt be in any team in a high intensity T20 and 50 overs format. There was too much changing of batting order and Rahul Sharma didnt do anything of note this year. The only plus I liked was apart from Smith was Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling. Nehra was absolute rubbiish and Clarke looked very unsettled. If they have to do well PW would play more at Pune ground during off season and prepare wickets which suit their strengths.

  • on May 20, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    No Tamim...No Tamim..No Tamim....!!!!!

    Sourav Gunguly Is Full Mantal.....

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 20, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Posted by  Rosh Rochu on (May 20 2012, 10:36 AM GMT) , They don't criticize much as under him they won two times ipl and runner up and reached semis all the time except this season.But ganguly comes to bat as an opener or in place 3 and with a slow strike rate which affects the team,whereas dhoni comes after 4 or 5 at the end of the innings.Under ganguly ,KKR never reached semis and same here in Pune.The article is about Pune performances and I don't understand why dhoni name should come whenever the talks are about ganguly.Ganguly is a great captain in the past but at present he is an underperformer.Look kkr under gambhir,both time they reached semis after ganguly left the franchise.

  • on May 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    they lost their last matches just for a good start..they could not started well and then slept down from the way...you know,name will never give you a win.its all about performance.we all know clark is one of the greatest cricketers of all time(as i belive).but he is not in his real time.so give a chance to him who can play,who is in form.from this corner tamim should play.maybe he is not the best choice but he could be a good choice.don't hate anyone by their country or name.look at his talent.he was in his best time in asia cup.just a few days ago.now i can think that he has been hated by the pune and india.bcoz they lost to bangladesh and kicked out from the tournament.thats why tamim did not get a chance....

  • lananad on May 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Whatever you call him Dada,Papa or Daddy he should'nt have played IPL. He is not a 20/20 player at all. Also not fit as Dravid or do not have shots like Dravid. It is a good idea to stop and retire.

  • on May 20, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    The international players like Jesse Ryder, S Smith and Merlon Samuels played key roles in their wins ... so did Indian players like Uthappa, Dinda and Rahul Sharma ... but suddenly they all lost form as well as confidence ... Alfonso Thomas did well in a couple of games ... but then first demotion of Uthappa and total loss of form ... arrival of Angelo Mathews and Michael Clarke ... Rahul Sharma getting hit by Gayle and suddenly going out of contention ... Dinda getting hamstring pull ... Nehra getting hit ... Parnell coming in place of Alfonso and not really contributing much ...added to the woes ... and of course Ganguly is expected to win not more than couple of matches .. and he is getting old ... even Tendulkar did not win matches ... Ganguly tried but he cannot give anything more ... but what were others doing ... only guy who played well was B Kumar and A Majumdar looked promising but by that time PWI were going down in the dumps ... Murali Karthik played well in patches ...

  • R.Raihan on May 20, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    seems that greg chappel did right throwing dada out.....india certainly would have missed 2012 title if dada played couple of more years.....so stubborn......sticking with his favourite players while some better lads should have given chances.

  • on May 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    shame on this review!not even a single word about tamim.all bangladeshis are happy about pune performance.hurrah! hurrah! 9 lost ina raw..9...9...9...9...9...9...9...9...9.

  • Saqif_rahman on May 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    PUNE deserves to be in the bottom of the table. Wrong team selection...never seemed to be clear why player like fergusion, clarke were in the team in spinning tracks. Better idea...play 11 indian players no foreign ... they will atleast have an idea on the condition.

  • on May 20, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Abhishek Purohit's worst of the reports. Why nothing about TAMIM?

  • ROYAL-GUNNERS on May 20, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    though i am a big fan of dada...but certainly dada flawedd somewhere he din try to rotate his playes other than few mfavourites, he should have given chance to new local indian palyers and shud have tried them out , dada only went with the names.The old dada strategy of sticking to favorite and not trying new fresh options made him losse so debaccaly tamim iqbal went unused,Wagh din have had the ball,dad's team was very predictive in batting so shuld have had tred new playes soe local talent.....shoul have playe tamim once atleast in the last game

  • on May 20, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    They should have played Tamim Iqbal. I don't understand the business decision to spend money on a fearless hitter like Tamim and bench him for all 16 games.

    When you lose 9 games in a row - you would think the coach and the captain would change things for new karma.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on May 20, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @Rosh Rochu: "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread".

  • British-Bangali on May 20, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Shame a player like TAMIM IQBAL didn't even get a game SHAME on you Saurav RIP

  • SnowSnake on May 20, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Fire Ganguly! Just like he was let go from test cricket.

  • eZoha on May 20, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    No matter what we think, it is not easy to bat even in domestic T20 when you are not playing competitive cricket for a while. Sanath and Hayden proved it the hard way. Gilchrist found it too in the first few matches he played this year. Look at Gibbs what he is doing. Some respect should be shown for Ganguly at least for his courage to take on Malinga, Styen, Morkel and Co. Remember he retired from international cricket 4 years ago. If Yuvraj is not back next year, I guess Pune will ask Ganguly to lead again. Honestly they don't have any other option, do they?

  • on May 20, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Soura is a selfish cricketer. He was not proper for t20 game like the ipl occasions. The ipl 5 occasions they loses 12 matches. behind those loses, sourav is 90% culprit. Here is remarkable, tamim was top scorer in last Asia cup series but he had no chance to play any match, its too insulted for tamim and also Bangladesh. I think here should play tamim instead of sourav for every matches.

  • Amirul_Islam_BD on May 20, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    i personally like dada, the way he captained and performed b4. but in regards to ongoing ipl, he seemed like a looser b4 starts fighting. he has been captained in traditional way. when u keep loosing, u got to change the gear, plan. but he did not do so. he kept almost same players in every single match. when the better players could not do much, ordinary players should have been given chance. inclusion of micheal clark and dropping tamim iqbal were the biggest mistake. clark is one of the best for the longer version but not for t20. he does not represent australian team. on the other hand, tamim just finished the asia cup as coolest player of the tournament, scored 4 fifties in a row. Anyway, better luck next time to dada and pune w.

  • on May 20, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Fish u all guys ...pune warriors is so weak in batting line.. i wonder why they didnt took tamim iqbal....

  • sameer111111 on May 20, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Why is everybody going on about Tamim? Wouldn't have made the slightest difference in the team. Other than Smith (this year) and to an extent, Ryder, all the other players in the team are plain mediocre.

  • ansarri on May 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    it is really disappointing that Ganguly did not play Tamim it does not make any cricketing sense

  • on May 20, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Don't blame Ganguly for the debacle, one player cannot win matches

  • Mi_Punekar on May 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Ganguli is good for nothing in T20 cricket. He was a good one-day player at times… and that's it! He was never a good captain but just a lucky captain…. An egoistic & stubborn person like him can never be a good captain….. He has proved once again in this IPL that his leadership cannot win a team with average caliber. He never gave a chance to local talent not even in those last useless matches. After a tremendous pressure from media (and may be within the team) he sat out for one match against mighty RCB saying he would like to give the chance to young players and again returned in the next match against RR… What a chance he has given to smith to lead a morally down team! As a punekar, I don't want Ganguli to be connected to Pune team by any means in the next season. How can an unsuccessful player and leader in all seasons he played be a mentor to any team?

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 20, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Dada has really embarrassed himself like no one on a cricket field. Painfully slow on the field.......rusty with the bat and poor captaincy.

    Its no coincidence that KKR have started doing well after he left and if PWI has any desire to do better next season......Dada should not been given any further role either as captain or coach.

  • PureTom on May 20, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    That Tamim Iqbal didn't play at all is ludicrous, especially when Ganguly and Clarke were opening.

  • Raja13590 on May 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    So much for pune warriors india.. lets hope dis may be d end of ther losing streak. i hope they find sum good talents atleast next yr. except smith to sum extent foreign contingent has failed miserably.. Tamim could hav been given a chance.. lets c if management tries him in 2013.. b kumar, majumdar did well to justify ther selecions hope they continue in next ipls.. in turn pwi misses dinda,yuvi very much nd nehra has to improve else he wil be benched lik tamim next yr.. as far dada he can be in or out of team next yr.. but sumthi needs to be done to his bat. am not criticising but player lik him cant be lik dis.. hope sumthi good happens next time. all d best for 2013 guys :)

  • on May 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @Rosh Rochu, Dhoni comes lower down the order to bat, while dada comes at no.3, Dhoni played some fantastic inns from where his team cud win the game, take for example 28 out 12 balls and the match against KKR where he hit 19 runs off Lange.... Ganguly's dismissal caused teams downfall whereas when Dhoni comes into bat where his only try is to accelerate the inniings...Its wrong to compare the no. of runs scored by Dhoni and Dada....Ganguly is out of form and past his prime, even though Ganguly scores 30 off 35 balls, Dhoni's 20 off 15 balls will be considered much better in this shorter format

  • masud69 on May 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    DADA no longer has the courage ( balls) and age to take the risk of playing young talented player what he used to had while captaining Indian team- playing yuvi,harbajon and viru. you all can see the result playing all those so called superstars!!!

  • on May 20, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    tamim iqbal should hav been gvn chance.....

  • akskada on May 20, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    for whole season they didn't play Tamim, they benched a potential out-performer in Irfan Khan.. Dada was never this down in fighting spirit in his entire career, very disappointing end to a legendary captain who instilled belief in the Indian team and is partly responsible for sowing the seeds of current aggression in team blue...

  • on May 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    SOURAV PLAYED BETTER CRICKET THAN DHONI!!! I DO NOT KNOW.. WHY NONE OF YOU PPL CRITICIZING DHONI

  • unbiased_referee on May 20, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Is it a sheer coincidence that any side "Dada" played for or captained in IPL finished either first or second from the bottom?

    Maybe not-for Dada had already called it a day before the first IPL began. Maybe he could should and would have made a return via test matches and ODIs before making a comeback via T20-a format with too high a tempo to suit Dada's skills and experience-and of course potential, to say the least!

    Dada should take a leaf out of Adam Gilchrist's book and realize he should be playing a strategic role in the dressing room rather than an active one on the park!

  • KingOwl on May 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Angelo Mathews did not get to hit any winning innings down the order because by the time he came in to the middle, it was mostly a hopeless case for Pune.

  • maysunaneek on May 20, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Really? Not even a single word about Tamim? So much for the review.

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  • maysunaneek on May 20, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Really? Not even a single word about Tamim? So much for the review.

  • KingOwl on May 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Angelo Mathews did not get to hit any winning innings down the order because by the time he came in to the middle, it was mostly a hopeless case for Pune.

  • unbiased_referee on May 20, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Is it a sheer coincidence that any side "Dada" played for or captained in IPL finished either first or second from the bottom?

    Maybe not-for Dada had already called it a day before the first IPL began. Maybe he could should and would have made a return via test matches and ODIs before making a comeback via T20-a format with too high a tempo to suit Dada's skills and experience-and of course potential, to say the least!

    Dada should take a leaf out of Adam Gilchrist's book and realize he should be playing a strategic role in the dressing room rather than an active one on the park!

  • on May 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    SOURAV PLAYED BETTER CRICKET THAN DHONI!!! I DO NOT KNOW.. WHY NONE OF YOU PPL CRITICIZING DHONI

  • akskada on May 20, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    for whole season they didn't play Tamim, they benched a potential out-performer in Irfan Khan.. Dada was never this down in fighting spirit in his entire career, very disappointing end to a legendary captain who instilled belief in the Indian team and is partly responsible for sowing the seeds of current aggression in team blue...

  • on May 20, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    tamim iqbal should hav been gvn chance.....

  • masud69 on May 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    DADA no longer has the courage ( balls) and age to take the risk of playing young talented player what he used to had while captaining Indian team- playing yuvi,harbajon and viru. you all can see the result playing all those so called superstars!!!

  • on May 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    @Rosh Rochu, Dhoni comes lower down the order to bat, while dada comes at no.3, Dhoni played some fantastic inns from where his team cud win the game, take for example 28 out 12 balls and the match against KKR where he hit 19 runs off Lange.... Ganguly's dismissal caused teams downfall whereas when Dhoni comes into bat where his only try is to accelerate the inniings...Its wrong to compare the no. of runs scored by Dhoni and Dada....Ganguly is out of form and past his prime, even though Ganguly scores 30 off 35 balls, Dhoni's 20 off 15 balls will be considered much better in this shorter format

  • Raja13590 on May 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    So much for pune warriors india.. lets hope dis may be d end of ther losing streak. i hope they find sum good talents atleast next yr. except smith to sum extent foreign contingent has failed miserably.. Tamim could hav been given a chance.. lets c if management tries him in 2013.. b kumar, majumdar did well to justify ther selecions hope they continue in next ipls.. in turn pwi misses dinda,yuvi very much nd nehra has to improve else he wil be benched lik tamim next yr.. as far dada he can be in or out of team next yr.. but sumthi needs to be done to his bat. am not criticising but player lik him cant be lik dis.. hope sumthi good happens next time. all d best for 2013 guys :)

  • PureTom on May 20, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    That Tamim Iqbal didn't play at all is ludicrous, especially when Ganguly and Clarke were opening.