IPL 2012 May 20, 2012

No need for immediate post-mortem - Ganguly

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly, the Pune Warriors captain, has said the side does not need an immediate post-mortem after their disastrous IPL season ended on Saturday with a ninth consecutive defeat, to Kolkata Knight Riders. Warriors won only four matches in 2012, the same as in their maiden season in 2011, out of 16 and finished last.

"Any post-mortem that needs to be done should be done after some time," Ganguly said. "Right now, the boys need to get away from here and go back to their respective homes. It's very hard for them too. They have been selected to win matches and that hasn't happened. It's a new franchise and things will only get better from here on. We need to look at a lot of things like team selection."

Wayne Parnell, the South Africa and Warriors fast bowler, said that wrong selection and injuries to key players were major reasons for the franchise's poor showing. "There are a number of factors. We have missed Yuvi [Yuvraj Singh]. We have had key guys injured throughout the season. Graeme Smith has been injured. [Ashok] Dinda started off really well, picked up an injury and has been out for some time. I think Murali Kartik's back stiffened up; Alfonso Thomas is injured as well. That combined with probably picking the wrong teams for certain pitches.

"At the end of the day we are professional cricketers and on every wicket we need to try and win games but this season we have been really, really poor. I thought last year we had injuries to local players, especially fast bowlers, which set us back a bit. I honestly thought we would do better [this season]. We showed that in our first few games. We then lost a few tight games and it went pear-shaped from there."

Robin Uthappa, the Warriors wicketkeeper and highest run-getter this season, believed that the Pune pitch also added to the side's woes. "It's the toughest wicket we have played in the country and it's very difficult to score runs here. Hopefully, it gets better and we have belters next season."

With his side struggling, Ganguly's individual performance also drew criticism. He scored 268 runs from 15 innings but was unable to accelerate with a strike-rate of 98.89. Parnell said that while having Ganguly's experience in the squad had been "massive", it did not matter who played as long as he performed. "It does not matter who you have in the team, whether you have Sourav Ganguly or a 20-year old Indian guy, if he is going to score runs or take wickets you got to pick him."

Uthappa said Ganguly had done the best he could do. "You have to respect his age well. It's the format that is most challenging for someone of his age," Uthappa told iplt20.com. "He has done a wonderful job for us in whatever capacity he could."

Uthappa also said Warriors were involved in several close games but could not finish them. "There were so many games where we won 35 overs out of 40 … we played close games this year, but on the whole, we were bad. As a unit, we never felt we were not up to the mark. We had quality players, we were a very strong side, but somehow results never showed that. Even the atmosphere in the dressing room was very positive. We lost games by five runs or seven runs, even by one run. Those kinds of defeats hit you hard. We couldn't come back from there.

Warriors had let their supporters down, Uthappa said, after they came out in large numbers in Pune despite their franchise losing consistently. "We want to apologise to the people in Pune. Even the afternoon games were full and they didn't mind coming to support us in insane heat. There were so many times that we kept telling ourselves that lets win games for them, they sit in so much heat and support us."

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  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    They picked Tamim Iqbal who was in great form in Asia cup but did not give him any chances to play any single matches. Nobody can reply the reason.............This is rubish

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Gautham Gambhir since you have revolutionased this team from the the worst IPL team to the one of the best teams of IPL you will always be remembered by All Kolkata Knight Riders Fans forever and you will be remembered more than Sourav Ganguly

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    I am continuing Even though i have told all these things about him he is my favourite player because he was one of India's biggest icons in cricket and is India's second most succesful captain and since he played for Pune Warriors India,Pune Warriors India is my second Favourite IPL team,Kolkata Knight Riders being my First Favourite IPL Team If he had just thought of his career he would have played well and captained his team well and i would guarantee that Sourav Ganguly would have been Back to his old IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders as a player as he would be traded for some another Kolkata Knight Riders Player.But Bad luck Dada hope he can play for Pune Warriors India Ever since Gautham Gambhir joined Kolkata Knight Riders he has revolutionalised the team and from the worst team of IPL during the Sourav Ganguly era.Gautham Gambhir with his batting skills and Captaincy Skills has made Kolkata Knight Riders one of the best teams of IPL.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    I am continuing He was a shabby captain in the field also as his team came last in the IPL 2012 and indicating that whichever team he is in that team always performs badly because of his measly strike rates,Defensive Test Cricket Batting Skills,Captaincy skills as all of you have seen how he has lead Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors India. But all this embarrsement would not have happened if he had proved to the world that he still has cricket in him by playing well in the IPL 2012 season by scoring heavily guranteeing himself a place in the Top 5 highest run getting list and should have lead Pune Warriors to the Finals Then even if he was to become a mentor after all these things Kolkata Knight Riders would have requested Pune Warriors India to trade him for some good player of Kolkata Knight Riders and he would get a chance to play for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 6 2012 and would have retired from all forms of cricket by retiring from Kolkata Knight Riders his home team

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I am continuing 4.In all the 3 IPL season when Ganguly played for Kolkata Knight Riders he was defensive and even though he provided good knocks they were not of a good strike rate but of an average strike rate excluding 3 or 4 knocks like the 91 against Hydrebad Deccan Chargers at 2008. Because of these mistakes commited by Sourav Ganguly SRK and his staff decided that they will not pick up Ganguly because of the way he bats in a defensive way and scoring at a measly strike rate and because his captaincy skills were horrible when he captained Kolkata Knight Riders But the Almighty decided that let Sourav Ganguly be given another chance and he got roped by the Pune Warriors India But even though he played for Pune Warriors India in IPL 4 and IPL 5 he played shabbily in both the seasons and at a measly strike rate of 84.743 in IPL 2011 and 98.89 strike rate in IPL 2012 which is very bad for a player like him

  • Srisha on May 22, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    There's no need at all for Ganguly to do any postmortem here. He is not going to be there for PWI in any capacity next year. Even if he is compelled to talk about the reasons for the debacle, he would talk of everything but his own failure as a player & leader. If Sahara is really interested in debugging this team, they should start by distancing Mr. Ganguly from anything to do with this franchise. SRK did the best thing by giving the reins to Gambhir and more importantly, NOT keeping Sourav around. If team India enjoyed some success for an extended period, it was because Sourav was away.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Gangully is a panoti. His captaincy has been worst for KKR and now for Pune Warriors. Once he left KKR, Gambhir has turned around that Franchise who is now in play offs. During Gangully KKR was a joke the same joke is PW now. Just sack him. he is a overhyped captain. He was never that good and was make to look good.

  • Danianul on May 22, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Dear Dada, I am always a big fan of you, will you please tell, why Tamim was not tested even a match? what was happened inside warriors?

  • Andrew on May 22, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    This is what goes wrong with Indian cricket. "Any post-mortem that needs to be done should be done after some time" - that is absolutely wrong! A "post mortem" (sporting terms), should be started immediately, it does not have to be completed immediately, but the process MUST start straight away. The Indian test team had no post mortem after their shellacking in England - no need was the cry! They had some VERY minor succsesses during the home season & then rolled or waddled over to Oz & got spanked again - still no significant investigation! There is less than a year remaining before the next season starts - how long before Ganguly thinks an investigation needs to be started? (After he signs a lush coaching contract?).

  • Mohammed Naina on May 21, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Contd.When Kapil Dev captained the team the conditions were bad . When dada captained conditions were worse and now when dhoni is captaining all is good. if Dhoni, Virat cannot make their teams to play offs convincingly with the teams they have i can foresee the results if they have teams like PWI and DC... Dada's captaincy did not worked in IPL. its plain simple. no need to bash him like he is worse.

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