Australia in India 2008-09 October 7, 2008

Ganguly to retire after Australia Tests

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Sourav Ganguly is looking to sign off on a high © Getty Images
 

Sourav Ganguly has said he will retire after the upcoming Test series against Australia. His statement, a moment of unscripted drama at the end of a routine press conference in Bangalore, ends widespread speculation over his future.

"Just one last thing lads, before I leave, I just want to say that this is going to be my last series," Ganguly said after taking the last question of his press conference. "I've decided to quit. I told my team-mates before coming here. These four Test matches are going to be my last and hopefully we'll go on a winning note."

With that, he got up and walked out, offering no explanation for what led to the decision. Shortly after that Kris Srikkanth, the head of India's new selection panel, threw some light on it. "I think he's probably taken the right decision," Srikkanth said. "He had a good chat with me and my co-selector Narendra Hirwani. He wants a peaceful series without any troubles on his mind. As a player I can tell you that when you have an axe over your head it doesn't feel right."

India's selectors, headed by Srikkanth, picked Ganguly in a 15-man squad for the first two Tests against Australia despite his being overlooked for the Irani Cup match between the Rest of India and Delhi. Lacking top-quality match practice since the end of the Sri Lanka Tests, he was rushed to Chennai for an India 'A' match against New Zealand.

"To be honest I didn't expect to be picked for this series," Ganguly said. "But once I was chosen, I started preparing. Even when I was left out of the Rest of India squad, which was a bit of a surprise for me, I was still training with the Bengal boys."

Ganguly also dismissed speculation over a "voluntary retirement scheme" for the senior members of India's squad. "I don't think it's ever possible that anybody can offer you a VRS. You cannot do that to players like [Anil] Kumble, [Rahul] Dravid, [VVS] Laxman, me, Sachin [Tendulkar] or anyone.

"What is important is what you get to know from the board [BCCI] and as far as I, and some of the senior players, are concerned, we have not received any intimation from the board on anything."

Ganguly, 36, has scored 6888 runs in 109 Tests, with 15 hundreds. He played 49 Tests as captain, the most by an Indian. The 21 matches won during his tenure is also an Indian record, and his win percentage of over 40 is the highest for players who have captained India in more than one Test. Starting with a hundred on debut, Ganguly's Test average has never dipped below 40.

In 311 ODIs, he scored 11,363 runs at 41.02. He captained India in 147 ODIs. His last ODI was against Pakistan in Gwalior on November 15, 2007. He is one of only three players to complete the treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODIs, Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar being the others. Along with Tendulkar, he formed a prolific partnership at the top of the order, with 6609 runs at an average of nearly 50 per stand in 136 innings.

Since his recall in December 2006 and till the end of the home series against South Africa earlier this year, Ganguly scored 1571 runs at 50.67, including a maiden double-century. However, he managed only 96 runs in six innings during India's 2-1 series defeat in Sri Lanka this summer.

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  • MrUmp on October 8, 2008, 6:39 GMT

    Had to post to pay my respect to a man I would rate as Mr India. What Saurav achieved was far more than those in petty India would like to admit - he gave India and Indians ( not just in cricket - but most things ) a sense of self-belief which was sorely missing. India on the field were content under previous captains to play second fiddle - not any more. Just by seeing the number of non-Indians ( aussies and english ) that dislike the man is a testament to what a job he did. Not only a decent bat - but partnered the great Tendulkar in forging one of the best ODI partnerships. People can debate and orgasm over players like Dhoni, but Ganguly is a far better league. Alas Indian self importance and politics played its hand as it will always do and another great Indian leader bites the dust.

    Saurav - hats off - great innings under immense pressure - one of the best.

  • MridulM on October 8, 2008, 5:55 GMT

    One of the colossus of Indian cricket, a great captain and above all an honest player in the times when Indian cricket was going through the match fixing scandals. A person who hated to lose and infused the same within youngsters, a Sachin Tendulkar, who had to lead a bunch of losers, can value this contribution more than anybody else. A batsman whom all we believed in winning any one-day match on his own, only second to Sachin. If we forget years of 2004-2005 from his career it's been a roller-coaster ride. He had his quirks but what matters is the contributions, which can be rated among top 5, he made for Indian cricket.

    A fighter like you deserved a well scripted and graceful exit. It's been scripted well now, just hoping a bit of dazzling fireworks. Hail Dada!!!

  • Raman01 on October 8, 2008, 5:43 GMT

    Sourav, the greatest leader, has now decided to call it a day. His greatest contribution, the world started calling by the term `TEAM INDIA'. Other countries started showing respect ONLY after Sourav took over as he made to think `as a team'. Remember, when he took over right in the middle of match-fixing scandal, the cricket's reputation was at stake (not to mention the great Sachin resigned the job in tears, literally, which only shows how difficult the job of captaining India is). If not for Sourav, the so-called Indian cricket team would have been dusted and dumped long time ago. Wishing Sourav all the best for his final series and also his life after cricket. Personally, it is very much hurting to see that the real Tiger won't be seen after this series.

  • jamshedazhar_3938 on October 8, 2008, 5:40 GMT

    India owes more to Ganguly then the brass and the over zealous nation care to admit. While there were a lot of great batsmen from India no one before him had the personality to stand tall and dominate not just on the field but also off it. I feel sorry for us south asians who live in an inferiority complex that make the white masters seem superior. Chappel is a great crciketer but his ego clash with Ganguly did far more damage than good. As a fan and a follower I am PROUD at the way Dada responded and his performances upto and since his return speak volumes for the Tiger Saurav. Thank you sir! You have lead the way and shown the path of aggression and dominance to a meek Indian team. They might not accept it, but the Yuvraj and Dhoni generation have you to thank for the change in attitude. I wish you all the best in the next four tests. I hope and pray that you show them Aussies. You have fans the world over. Even in Karachi Pakistan!

  • muski on October 8, 2008, 5:05 GMT

    After a gap of nearly 20 years( Gavaskar being the last one), we finally have someone calling it quits by himself.Its not for nothing that we have a very old saying that " A singer should stop singing when his Swaram is good". It is a very fickle world that we live in. The years of good done will be forgotten with one wretched bad stretch. There is some uknown force in the BCCI who needs to be thanked for the rumours that is being spread about the so called VRS to senior players. Though everybody is denying that there is no such thing, it seems to be having the desired effect on the senior players.Well done DADA-we will miss the offside music from your willow. Wish you a controversy free life off the cricket field.

  • Rajesh. on October 8, 2008, 4:54 GMT

    Oh wel.... The intense specualtion by the media and the subsequent pressures have already consumed Saurav Ganguly as he has announced his retirement at the end of the forthcoming Test Series against Australia.

    And now Ricky Ponting is trying to take advantage of it by claiming that the "Fab Four" will feel the pressure because they are in the twilight of their careers. Ponting is no younger either but the difference is he has the support of the Australian media unlike the Indian media who for want of new things to write about everyday keeps writing (read speculating) whateve will sell copies.

    In this regard I'm a bit disappointed even with Cricinfo for many a time coming up with sensational and speculative headlines, like for example the VRS rumour that was doing the rounds.

    It would be better for Indian Cricket if the media stops all this & if not support, at least not speculate. Cricinfo can lead the way by showing more respect to the greats !

  • SHANTIRATNAM on October 8, 2008, 3:37 GMT

    Well Done DADA. You wanted peace of mind to play the all important series so you have decided to make it clear to the rest of the world that you want to play one last series and go out on a winning note. Mr.Kiran More and Greg Chappel may think they have finally seen the exit of you, but the BCCI will lick their own fingers after they figure out the gap you leave in the team. You gave faith and passion to Indian Cricket, you taught the world a whole new brand of "Aggresive Indian Cricket". I support Sri Lanka Cricket, but I must say I have not seen a true cricket prince like you and it will take a few hundred years for BCCI to find one new. Getting rid of the fab four will also negatively affect the finance kitty of the BCCI, then they will realize how much you generated for them. ALL THE BEST

  • stephen_mazzeo on October 8, 2008, 3:25 GMT

    I am not a real big fan of Indian Cricket but I actually think that there not that bad. If I had to choose a favourite it would be Sachin Tendelkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, and Ajit Agarkar. The whole of India should thank Sourav for all the pleasures that he has given them because of all the great times he has given them like all of the runs he has given them. So go Sourav.

  • lestokes on October 8, 2008, 3:16 GMT

    With the buzz word 'Maverick' being used by Senator McCain, I think the same can be said about Ganguly's legacy, and in some ways Ganguly is the true maverick.

    Where others have toed the line and true hypocrisy and bureaucy still reigns in Indian cricket, Ganguly has always been an independent thinker and never afraid to tell it as it is or too challenges his own team members and the BCCI, and perhaps that's why the Ganguly-Chappell tenure ended the way it did.

    Ganguly, a terrific player till the end and someone Indian cricket may never see again. Ganguly, the maverick, will always be remembered.

  • nasampath on October 8, 2008, 2:18 GMT

    Indian Cricket is indented to four cricketers who gave it new direction and hope besides pushing it up a notch by leading from the front and showing great vision.Pataudi, Kapildev,Sourav and Dhoni have all done a world of good for Indian cricket.The famous 'WHY OR WHY NOT?' debate that surfaced at the retirement of Ajith Wadekar's carreer surely surfaced now also concerning the fab five.I am sure the decision is influenced not only by dip in performance visible due to age and lack of reflex but also due to the great bench strength now as never before.We cant forget the greats like Kirmani and Shivalkar who were understudies to their illustrious compatriots Engineer and Bishan Bedi.While Indian Cricket fans will cherish the contributions of Dada they will laud his magnanimous and prudent decision to quit understanding the situation wholly. I wish he makes very big contribution in this series and makes everyone regret his quitting and leaves truly on a high.

  • MrUmp on October 8, 2008, 6:39 GMT

    Had to post to pay my respect to a man I would rate as Mr India. What Saurav achieved was far more than those in petty India would like to admit - he gave India and Indians ( not just in cricket - but most things ) a sense of self-belief which was sorely missing. India on the field were content under previous captains to play second fiddle - not any more. Just by seeing the number of non-Indians ( aussies and english ) that dislike the man is a testament to what a job he did. Not only a decent bat - but partnered the great Tendulkar in forging one of the best ODI partnerships. People can debate and orgasm over players like Dhoni, but Ganguly is a far better league. Alas Indian self importance and politics played its hand as it will always do and another great Indian leader bites the dust.

    Saurav - hats off - great innings under immense pressure - one of the best.

  • MridulM on October 8, 2008, 5:55 GMT

    One of the colossus of Indian cricket, a great captain and above all an honest player in the times when Indian cricket was going through the match fixing scandals. A person who hated to lose and infused the same within youngsters, a Sachin Tendulkar, who had to lead a bunch of losers, can value this contribution more than anybody else. A batsman whom all we believed in winning any one-day match on his own, only second to Sachin. If we forget years of 2004-2005 from his career it's been a roller-coaster ride. He had his quirks but what matters is the contributions, which can be rated among top 5, he made for Indian cricket.

    A fighter like you deserved a well scripted and graceful exit. It's been scripted well now, just hoping a bit of dazzling fireworks. Hail Dada!!!

  • Raman01 on October 8, 2008, 5:43 GMT

    Sourav, the greatest leader, has now decided to call it a day. His greatest contribution, the world started calling by the term `TEAM INDIA'. Other countries started showing respect ONLY after Sourav took over as he made to think `as a team'. Remember, when he took over right in the middle of match-fixing scandal, the cricket's reputation was at stake (not to mention the great Sachin resigned the job in tears, literally, which only shows how difficult the job of captaining India is). If not for Sourav, the so-called Indian cricket team would have been dusted and dumped long time ago. Wishing Sourav all the best for his final series and also his life after cricket. Personally, it is very much hurting to see that the real Tiger won't be seen after this series.

  • jamshedazhar_3938 on October 8, 2008, 5:40 GMT

    India owes more to Ganguly then the brass and the over zealous nation care to admit. While there were a lot of great batsmen from India no one before him had the personality to stand tall and dominate not just on the field but also off it. I feel sorry for us south asians who live in an inferiority complex that make the white masters seem superior. Chappel is a great crciketer but his ego clash with Ganguly did far more damage than good. As a fan and a follower I am PROUD at the way Dada responded and his performances upto and since his return speak volumes for the Tiger Saurav. Thank you sir! You have lead the way and shown the path of aggression and dominance to a meek Indian team. They might not accept it, but the Yuvraj and Dhoni generation have you to thank for the change in attitude. I wish you all the best in the next four tests. I hope and pray that you show them Aussies. You have fans the world over. Even in Karachi Pakistan!

  • muski on October 8, 2008, 5:05 GMT

    After a gap of nearly 20 years( Gavaskar being the last one), we finally have someone calling it quits by himself.Its not for nothing that we have a very old saying that " A singer should stop singing when his Swaram is good". It is a very fickle world that we live in. The years of good done will be forgotten with one wretched bad stretch. There is some uknown force in the BCCI who needs to be thanked for the rumours that is being spread about the so called VRS to senior players. Though everybody is denying that there is no such thing, it seems to be having the desired effect on the senior players.Well done DADA-we will miss the offside music from your willow. Wish you a controversy free life off the cricket field.

  • Rajesh. on October 8, 2008, 4:54 GMT

    Oh wel.... The intense specualtion by the media and the subsequent pressures have already consumed Saurav Ganguly as he has announced his retirement at the end of the forthcoming Test Series against Australia.

    And now Ricky Ponting is trying to take advantage of it by claiming that the "Fab Four" will feel the pressure because they are in the twilight of their careers. Ponting is no younger either but the difference is he has the support of the Australian media unlike the Indian media who for want of new things to write about everyday keeps writing (read speculating) whateve will sell copies.

    In this regard I'm a bit disappointed even with Cricinfo for many a time coming up with sensational and speculative headlines, like for example the VRS rumour that was doing the rounds.

    It would be better for Indian Cricket if the media stops all this & if not support, at least not speculate. Cricinfo can lead the way by showing more respect to the greats !

  • SHANTIRATNAM on October 8, 2008, 3:37 GMT

    Well Done DADA. You wanted peace of mind to play the all important series so you have decided to make it clear to the rest of the world that you want to play one last series and go out on a winning note. Mr.Kiran More and Greg Chappel may think they have finally seen the exit of you, but the BCCI will lick their own fingers after they figure out the gap you leave in the team. You gave faith and passion to Indian Cricket, you taught the world a whole new brand of "Aggresive Indian Cricket". I support Sri Lanka Cricket, but I must say I have not seen a true cricket prince like you and it will take a few hundred years for BCCI to find one new. Getting rid of the fab four will also negatively affect the finance kitty of the BCCI, then they will realize how much you generated for them. ALL THE BEST

  • stephen_mazzeo on October 8, 2008, 3:25 GMT

    I am not a real big fan of Indian Cricket but I actually think that there not that bad. If I had to choose a favourite it would be Sachin Tendelkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, and Ajit Agarkar. The whole of India should thank Sourav for all the pleasures that he has given them because of all the great times he has given them like all of the runs he has given them. So go Sourav.

  • lestokes on October 8, 2008, 3:16 GMT

    With the buzz word 'Maverick' being used by Senator McCain, I think the same can be said about Ganguly's legacy, and in some ways Ganguly is the true maverick.

    Where others have toed the line and true hypocrisy and bureaucy still reigns in Indian cricket, Ganguly has always been an independent thinker and never afraid to tell it as it is or too challenges his own team members and the BCCI, and perhaps that's why the Ganguly-Chappell tenure ended the way it did.

    Ganguly, a terrific player till the end and someone Indian cricket may never see again. Ganguly, the maverick, will always be remembered.

  • nasampath on October 8, 2008, 2:18 GMT

    Indian Cricket is indented to four cricketers who gave it new direction and hope besides pushing it up a notch by leading from the front and showing great vision.Pataudi, Kapildev,Sourav and Dhoni have all done a world of good for Indian cricket.The famous 'WHY OR WHY NOT?' debate that surfaced at the retirement of Ajith Wadekar's carreer surely surfaced now also concerning the fab five.I am sure the decision is influenced not only by dip in performance visible due to age and lack of reflex but also due to the great bench strength now as never before.We cant forget the greats like Kirmani and Shivalkar who were understudies to their illustrious compatriots Engineer and Bishan Bedi.While Indian Cricket fans will cherish the contributions of Dada they will laud his magnanimous and prudent decision to quit understanding the situation wholly. I wish he makes very big contribution in this series and makes everyone regret his quitting and leaves truly on a high.

  • GoTeamIndia on October 8, 2008, 1:56 GMT

    "Do not mess with us! Show some respect"- were probably the punch lines of his career- Dada.. you'll always be Dada. He taught the boys how to grab the competition by the throat and bury it in the ground. Not many know, the likes of Yuvraj, Zaheer, Suresh Raina, RP Singh- would have never seen the international arena as early as they did- if it wasn't for his hawk eye to recognise international talent. It's hard to fathom this is his last series. I have lived in Australia for the last 6 years and I can tell you that no one ever respected Indians for their cricket as they have since the 2003 series which Dada led.. No one will forget that Natwest Series final- (Flintoff and Naseer Hussain won't for sure).. hats off Dada.. you can leave knowing you were the best captain India ever saw..Hope to see you around..

  • thechaingang on October 8, 2008, 1:52 GMT

    i am not the greatest fan of dada but still i cant overlook the contribution of the 'tiger' to indian cricket.as a captain i will remember him as the person who brought some aggression to the team india.it was him under whom india started doing well abroad. but the best part is that he is a fighter and i am proud to be a fan of the cricket team that was lead by the'prince of kolkatta'

    come on india........lets give dada one more chance to swing his shirt in the air.

  • Vineetm1 on October 7, 2008, 23:33 GMT

    Ganguly is by far the best captain of India of all times !! To see him leave the international cricket is very sad. He is the man who has revolutionised Indian cricket forever. From the way game was played, the attitude with which it was played...everything.... He will go down in history as one of the best players of all times !! There is noone better than him on the off-side batting. He will remain an inspiration to young players for years to come. Indian cricket is never going to be the same without him. I have never seen anyone more passionate about the game than Ganguly. Lion-hearted player who lifted the Indian cricket to the top level. We need more centuries from you Dada !! Those great lofted sixes out of the park.... All the best Dada...I hope you never stay away from Cricket & keep on contributing to Indian cricket in some form or the other !! All the best & Thanks for everything..... Hail Ganguly !!!!

  • Subra on October 7, 2008, 22:04 GMT

    Whatever people can say about him, he made the rest of the world take note that Indian cricket had to be respected. Like Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka, he (by his actions/attitude) gave notice to the cricket world that Indian cricket will not be bullied by the established powers.

    Everyone has weakness - there is no human being without any flaw, but if you take an overall view of his contributions, as a batsman and captain, he served India well.

    I hope the crowds come in their thousands will watch your grand finale and savour every moment. Knowing him, he will want to go out with a band and I hope does just that.

    Good bye 'Dada' thanks for the entertainment.

    R Sivasubramaniam from Singapore

  • Hardy_1984 on October 7, 2008, 20:36 GMT

    This is very sad news & moment for all Indian cricket lovers. India produced ever great captain & player in Indian cricket history. He was always supported young players. He was made the professional Indian team since when he took the captaincy poistion. Now i am very hopefull he will retire in great style & with great performance. i am very sure he will prove again his capability the reason why he is retiring some of the people they don't like & want Ganguly in the Team. But we all will miss gaguly ..... Enjoying Ganguly batting & style in Final touch of his carrer. Best of Luck Sourav Ganguly

  • KishoreSharma on October 7, 2008, 20:31 GMT

    Ganguly is free to say that this will be his last series. But I hope that the selectors do not feel obliged to pick him for all the games. In my view he should not be in the team (he should have been eased out a while back). He is in the squad for just the first two tests. He should not assume that he will make the final team in those etsts and the selectors should not pick him on the basis of sentimental reasons. This would not be fair to newcomers like Badrinath, Sharma etc who deserve their chance.

    Kishore Sharma

  • Anamaypita on October 7, 2008, 20:13 GMT

    Kudos to Dada and more importantly Srikanth and the BCCI gang!!

    To me Dada means more to Indian cricket than SRT does. I agree a bold statement indeed, in fact may be something my heart may not accept. But I'm certain my brain would. The kind of Jigar Dada has shown will be his most cherished and valuable contribution to Indian Cricket. No one can even come close to that. His era with John Wright is the next golden page in Indian Cricket after 25th June 1983.

    21 Tests won out of 49 captained... simply staggering. He has turned the Indian Cricket on its head to make it more accountable and more importantly self-believing. I agree he stood on the shoulders of the Kapils and Sunils of this world, for that matter Azhar as well. But he demonstrated something that SRT failed miserably as a captain and RD found very heavy to cope up to.

    He leaves with him the legacy of an Indian Cricket that is far more confident than it has ever been. A team that could look into the eyes of Australi

  • ImpressiveTeer on October 7, 2008, 20:07 GMT

    Ganguly deserves respect and graceful exit and I am glad selectors are giving him this opportunity. He redifined opener's slot as seen in Indian team. He did what Jayasurya did to SL team. He proved he is a leader and changed the outlook of Indian team. He induced positive energy in the team and lift the spirits. He was not blind when he saw his batting performances decline but was more interested in seeing Indian team rise. He took punches from media, selectors, team-mates(sachin) and bowlers off course. He is above Sachin or Rahul, who can take credit for being Maestro and the Wall, but had to accept failure when situation demanded more responsibility from them and did not show guts to compromise their records for the Team. He was called up for World Cup to save India's disastrous performance and Greg Chappel's experiments which left real bad taste between players. Lets stop negetive comments & give our Legend a remarkable send-off that the cricket world can look upon for years.

  • ssoumya on October 7, 2008, 19:59 GMT

    It's the perfect time to say good bye. I do love & admire him very much. He transformed the Indian team with his leadership. Though I beleive he has a better team than what Sachin got & have more support of his team than what Rahul had. I hope he signs off in style. The whole india should support & cheer fo him. Salute to DADA for his service to indian team. Go DADA go...

  • Vamshidhar_Raparthi on October 7, 2008, 19:14 GMT

    I feel cricket still runs in my veins. Here is just another reason why I have to prove this behind. As you can see, just to the left of your view, one of the flambuoyant cricketers of all times. His fall out and a fiesty comeback into the cricketing arena is one of the best in the annals of sports and entertainment. I believe he is a gifted player and his silken touches off his willow and nothing but commendable and awesome. I never saw a left hander hit such huge sixes against left arm spin. Phew, absolutely merciless. Towering to say a word. I always wanted to be in the commentary box and stitch the right strings of epithets to depict his shots. Dada, I miss you...If you ever play the next time, my only wish is to see you with Sachin hitting the ball to all parts of the ground with my words providing the right foil..My dream..will definitely come true some day..Adios Amigo

  • philco on October 7, 2008, 19:14 GMT

    Ganguly-the great-gave India an attitude. That was that they were second to none and the team responded as the results showed.All careers come to an end sometime and maybe his has ended slightly earlier but atleast he will depart on his terms. India owed him that and I hope he bows out in style. He is and will remain a true fighter and India could do worse than to appoint a future captain in his mould.Ganguly, I salute you and thank you for all the memories.

  • apoorv.misra on October 7, 2008, 18:43 GMT

    It is difficult to find a good batsman or a good bowler. But what is almost impossible, is to find is a cricketer who inspires. Inspires people like you and me : people who live ordinary lives & fight ordinary battles. For here was someone who fought more battles than what any of us would ever fight, even in ten lives. Here was someone who fought self-doubt. Who fought at a time when no one really believed in him. Here was someone who showed us, 'Rocky Balboa is not fiction'.

    I am fortunate that Dada shall play his penultimate match in my city. For 5 days, I shall run away from office and shout & scream. It will be my way of celebrating his fantastic career. And when he walks away, I shall stand up and clap. And cry. Because this is a love affair that will be impossible to get over with.

    Just one last thing, lads. While it might not matter to you, I would like to announce my retirement too. This will be my last series (as a spectator).

    Apoorv Misra.

  • knowocean84 on October 7, 2008, 17:55 GMT

    there will always be something missing in the indian lineup if the name ganguly is not there at the no.6 slot of the batting lineup. the wonderful man, graceful batsman and above all an aggressive, proactive, feared and respected captain the world has ever seen. he's truly irreplaceable.

  • Capricorn60 on October 7, 2008, 17:50 GMT

    When you take his stupendous one day performances & his unsurpassed record as our Test captain, Ganguly surely is one of the greats of Indian cricket! He gave our team belief, aggression and so winning abroad became much more achievable than in years gone by. He also nutured & greatly supported young players like Harbhajan when they came into the team. All the other 'elder statesmen' should seriously follow Dada and also decide when to retire in dignity from international cricket in the next year or so - rather than perhaps finding themselves having to be unceremoniously dumped from the team due to poor form. Our great heroes should hopefully depart with their heads held high for their wonderful contributions to the game, which in turn gave us Indian fans so much unbridled joy over the years. Good luck Dada in the upcoming series against the Aussies, best wishes in your retirement and a big THANKS for the memories [esp. those awesome & majestic off-side drives!].

  • jagstherags on October 7, 2008, 17:48 GMT

    Per the records he is the best captain India had till date. I hope he can produce the magic for one last time in this series and is allowed to play all the 4 tests. Go 4 it DADA!! All the best to him for his future. Let us all thank him for his efforts towards making India one of the world beaters and leading them to the World cup finals in 2003 where we had no hope after losing badly to australia in the 2nd match. We all are priud of you. Also we all will never forget the hundreds he scored in england in 1996 and also the famous Natwest series final of 2002 where he showed his emotions by removing his t-shirt!!

  • rafaelnadal on October 7, 2008, 17:33 GMT

    Wow, so many posts, and yet not a single one sees through the facade that was Ganguly. Good riddance really to a man who was all about himself, his place in the side at any expense, and undisputably the most selfish cricketer that India ever produced. The man was responsible for introducing the games that you normally associate with U12 teams, into the international arena, his nadir being in Zimbabwe in 2005, with the games he played with Laxman's career, and the whole Chappell fracas. What is it-over 20 Test wins as Captain, right? Well, we all know that - he keeps pointing it out, BUT just how many of those wins were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and did we actually win the away series in which he won us Tests, in Eng, in WI, in Aus? Dravid doesn't blow his own trumpet, and nor was he a Captain to write home about, but he did win us series in the WI and in Eng.

    BTW, didn't the selectors select him for just the 1st 2 Tests?? So what's he talking about the 4 Tests being his last?

  • dhiraj113 on October 7, 2008, 17:20 GMT

    Well, I am not the biggest admirer of Ganguly, for one I felt that his hay days in the cricketing field were over long before he was dropped from the team following the spat with Chappal. People say he made a great comeback, but if you look beyond statistics it was at best averages, he was too slow to get runs in one dayers and hence was subsequently dropped. Did play well in one or two test series but then he wasn't the Ganguly I admired the Ganguly who once tore attacks with disdain and the Ganguly who was before he became to involved with captaincy and forgot is roots. All said and done I firmly believe that its a very appropriate time for Ganguly to say it quits, what with people like Rohit Sharma waiting in the ranks. Inspite of all that my heart and not my mind just feels a little when I think that I would not be seeing Sourav bat again after this series.

  • Zics on October 7, 2008, 17:10 GMT

    We love you very very much. You do not belong to our country but we always take you as our child. You are the real Royan Bengal Tiger.

  • jjjdubai on October 7, 2008, 16:58 GMT

    Real champs will not wait someone to ignore them,they knows what they are doing and what they have to do. Dada u r really a true champion with a fighting spirit and a born in leader. U got the real series in hand to kill the aussies with your huge sixes......plz do that(6's) for ur fans. All the best.

    Janald Dubai

  • krik8crazy on October 7, 2008, 16:50 GMT

    What a sad feeling. The selectors messed with his career. They kept him out of the ODI team for years when he still had the capability to play ODIs. Then they gave him a place in test matches but with the Damocles sword hanging over his head all the time. Instead of going out when he was out of the team for 18 months(thanks to evil Chapell), Ganguly fought back and showed that he is still a capable batsman at the highest level. But all said and done, it is the right decision by Ganguly. Rahul and Sachin also need to take an honest look at themselves and decide whether it's worth continuing or not. They are both legends but it's painful to see them struggling all the time.

  • mukund111 on October 7, 2008, 16:49 GMT

    Even though I was never a blatant admirer of the "Bengal Tiger" like many other traditionalists who would express their open admiration for a Dravid or a Laxman than a Ganguly, deep within none could deny the clamor for yet another classic cover drive from the southpaw or a confrontation and in your face aggression against the best in the world which Ganguly displayed on more than the odd occasion..there's no doubt the elegant left-hander would leave a strong emotion and even a tear in the eye of the Cricket fan who would watch him grace the international arena for one last time..I think the best tribute that can be given to Saurav is by saying that he's dug out the inherent aggression and the will to win amongst Indian cricketers and Indian cricket fans in the greatest measure after Pataudi and Gavaskar had done so in the 60's and 70's...let's not disgrace the great cricketer by speculating about the selectors' role in Ganguly's retirement but rather hope for a fitting farewell..

  • criclvrprash on October 7, 2008, 15:36 GMT

    What Dr. Manmohan Singh is to the Indian economy, Saurav Ganguly is to Indian Cricket.. While Dr. Singh transformed an almost bankrupt economy into the second fastest growing economy in the world, Ganguly transformed a team ravaged and plagued by the horror of match fixing into the second best team in the world, if not the first... Both these men taught us to dream and dream BIG.. If Dr. Singh gave us economic modernization, Ganguly gave us cricketing modernization.. Because of these two people, an Indian today can look eye to eye with the rest of the world, whether it comes to business or cricket.. Now its time of us Indians to cheer this great ambassador of the game on all the eight occasions that he will get to bat in the series and allow him to end on a high note, something like the farewell given to Steve Waugh in Aus.. Goodbye Dada.. thanks for all the entertainment that u gave us.. Indian Cricket wont be the same anymore without u...

  • amarta on October 7, 2008, 15:28 GMT

    "Oh Captain My Captain! Our fearful trip is done.The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we shought is won"..Sourav, it is you who would always be our captain, the person who made us beleive that this country can still achieve something in a sporting arena.It is because of your leadership that we could look at the australians eye to eye,reach the world cup finals and defeat the pakistanis in their own den. With his bat, he taught us what subline is with his off drives which used to just caress the ball to the boundary.And those lofty sixes against the spinners gave us ectasy. But Dada did not just leave it there. He taught us how to come back when everybody has written you off; how to show grit and determination and self belief when the world is writing your epitaph. And that is where he stood out from the others.He was one of us; but he showed us what one can do and achieve if he tries hard. Lords, you will never see an Indian waving his shirt at you again and we will miss that!

  • nishs on October 7, 2008, 15:20 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly, the name says it all. The best captain India has ever produced! It's sad to learn that the bengal tiger will be retiring after the test series, but I truly hope that he leaves on a high note; that he would leave a historical mark. He is the one who supported Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and many other young players during their early careers!

    Rahul Dravid once commented, "On the off-side, first there is God, then there is Ganguly".

    We will all miss you Ganguly! Hope you trash the Aussies in this series. GOD SPEED!!!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/ganguly-the-prince-of-antagonism-592071.html

  • SGBatsForever on October 7, 2008, 15:18 GMT

    Thank you for all the memories Dada. The greatest cricket captain India ever had is about to step down and does so with more grace and class than any of his detractors ever showed him. That innings at Lord's on debut, the century in Dhaka during the independence cup, that fantastic knock against Sri Lanka during the World Cup in England, the test century in Brisbane and then that fairy tale comeback last year climaxed by that epic double-century against Pakistan in Bangalore. Who can forget what has been the most storied career in the history of Indian cricket? It is now also time to phase out Kumble, Dravid and Laxman over the next 2-3 series, especially Dravid. As for Saurav what can one say of the greatest champion of Indian sports in the last decade, one can only wish him well and pray that he goes out with as fine an innings as when he started back at Lord's all those summers ago. We will miss you Saurav Chandidas Ganguly- a true Tiger of Bengal. Joy Bangla!!!!!!

  • sukanta_cric on October 7, 2008, 15:08 GMT

    My heart is bleeding. Success or failure no one has drawn so much attention in world cricket in the recent past.

  • spreddy1 on October 7, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    I am really shocked by this decision. But, i feel it was the right decision taken by Dada at this point of time. I will remember the sixes that he has hit of the Srilankan spin bowlers during a league match in 1999 world cup throughout my life. I cannot forget those moments. I feel it would have been really fantastic if the last test is played in Kolkata. But, I strongly hope that people of Nagpur will celebrate his retirement in a grand manner and make it a memorable one for all of the people of this great nation. KUDOS TO DADA....

  • Dhineshreddy on October 7, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    Hie Ganguly.... You will be in my heart forever. I really have a heavy heart to digest that we can see you any longer. I m a huge fan of yours.

    Hope to see you blasting australians in the upcoming seris.

  • karthick1985 on October 7, 2008, 15:02 GMT

    He shaped the indian team like waugh done for australia..

  • Adityak on October 7, 2008, 14:59 GMT

    kudos to DADA .. as always, he has shown the way. Leadership comes naturally to him and he has always been an inspirational leader. This time, perhaps, he has shown the others one of the graceful ways to leave the scene. Wishing Dada a healthy and fruitful future in whatever capacity he chooses.

  • ravisantosh on October 7, 2008, 14:51 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Dada but let me admit that I admired his aggression,captaincy and ofcourse his boldness.Many say that new Indian cricket team under Dhoni is aggressive but bunch of direction-less talented people are turned into an aggressive Indian team under Dada.So, if India wins 2011 world cup its going to be result of the foresightedness of Ganguly... One of stars of Indian cricket is shooting down

  • sathishpalanichamy on October 7, 2008, 14:49 GMT

    I feel really bad about his retirement. It really hurts me a lot.. He is truly a great southpaw of all time .India will never forget his achievements as a player and as a captain.I have no words to explain my feelings.DADA all the best for ur future.....will meet u soon in IPL....

  • Manhar-Toronto on October 7, 2008, 14:43 GMT

    This retirement is forced on Ganguly. It is very good thing started by new selection guys. Why Ganguly only? It is about time to ask Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman too, Dada is way better than other three.. These all three guys are not sharp anymore but so greedy to stick around. Only Sachin deserve to call retirement in his own term because he is the legend. Chopra, Badrinath, Rohit, Virat , Mishra and Chawla are waiting to fill their spots. Cheers!

  • Manusaxena169 on October 7, 2008, 14:40 GMT

    All i can hope is that Dada forgets that it is his last series and does what he does best...Get out there and get into the skin of the aussies...What Tendulkar lacked but no one will admit, you provided to a nation of a billion...Today and for the years to come Dada, and I can speak on behalf of the fans of India, you will be remebered and loved for what you were...And I give you the biggest salutation by saying that Indian Cricket has only produced one such other cricketer, Sachin...

  • vichwes on October 7, 2008, 14:39 GMT

    whoa!! it was bright!! India stumbled upon by reality check... Dada out of equation and the administrators can have their mind clear of any selection problems ahead...whew!! Era of Demi-God Dada is done!! and i believe he was one of the purist sports have ever offered... None can forget the shirtless lords stadium moment... and truly champion like debut and chartering the then Indian team stung by low performance and heavily bruised by match fixing scandal and there came this hero of the country from nowhere really to lead India to state of being the next best only to then Australia...

    We love u dada and still want more contributions from you... hopefully your decision has nothing to do with ICL or IPL... for there might be a lot of speculations on it in upcoming days!!

    Long live Dada's legacy!

  • GokulKnightRider on October 7, 2008, 14:27 GMT

    I have always been a Dada fan.He is my life.I have always been inspired by him.I try to change others into dada fan too.He is the best captain ever.What a Style. His attitude is the best.The Fire Within him is the best part. I hav been crying. All Dada fans will. But Remember We are dada fan.Whatever it Is....Victory is ours.....We look forward for a 3ple century and...Next IPL season....Kick all the other franchises.. We Can Never Forget You DADA DADAGIRI never ENDS............

  • kalyanbk on October 7, 2008, 14:26 GMT

    Srikkanth has handled Ganguly better than Kiran More and Vengsarkar. Rather than dropping and publicly humiliating a former Indian captain, he picked him when no one expected to and then spoke to him in private along with Hirwani about the need to go out on a high. It is never an easy decision to stop doing what you are best at permanently. It is at this time Ganguly needed some support to make that tough decision. Perhaps Srikkanth himself being a rebel and having been dumped unceremiously by selectors when he was captain knew how it felt. He has also spoken that the chances for youngsters like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will come. Perhaps Ganguly could have stayed on till the England series for his career to come full circle. We would love to see you wave your shirt one more time Dada.

  • Dada_the_Prince on October 7, 2008, 14:23 GMT

    Sourav is the best captain & been the face of new india.He reflect the passion,courage & no nonsense approach which we want from a Indian captain. We all will miss Prince of Calcutta or to say prince of New India. He is not as good as his other fantastic 3(Wall,Master,VVS)but he has stronger character & mental approach than any of them. Best Inning of Dada is Brisbane 2001,not for runs but for character. Dada took over as captain when Indian cricket in turmoil ,now look where we are.We owe not all but some gratitude to this man. LET DHONI CONTINUE WHAT DADA STARTED. Build new cricket empire. I WILL MISS MY DADA.

  • lrmanish on October 7, 2008, 14:19 GMT

    Sad to hear ..but right decision... One of the very best players whom i admired a lot after Sachin. He has come like real begal tiger everytime he was screwed by the useless BCCI and More and Chappel.....

    We will miss his huge Sixes and great shots...one of great guys leaving us.

    Best Wishes, Manish.

  • man1991 on October 7, 2008, 14:16 GMT

    oh my god , it is hard for you lot to understand how me a 16 year old boy from london is feeling.....sourav has been like another form of a older form of brother to me....i just cannot explain ....i am probably the biggest 'ganguly' typer into google news ...i was cheking in my history till his retirement i have typed ganguly in google news to chek on him about 3000-4000 times...my room is all full of his pictures...i have been suspended for 1 week when i made a sourav tattoo on my chest and back .....i just cannot get over sourav...its dreadfull ...i have been crying all day...He was my Idol ...i idolized him in a school full of white people....im just too sad at the moment....i wanted him to atleast play till the pakistan test series...i only supported india coz of him...now i am going to stop all my channels after the series...and also i will not be able to watch the ending of the 4th test match...when the commentator says...'in comes sourav to play his last innings'...omg love to u

  • Sarthak06 on October 7, 2008, 14:16 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly has no doublty been the greatest indian captain of all time, and no doubt the best. He has made a good decision, because it is better then being kicked out of the team like what happened to him a year ago. In my terms he should have retired then, but he made a come back and that too a good one so i was proved wrong in my eyes. He felt that he had lot to offer then and he proved to others what he is capable of. Today he declared tha he will retire after the test which is an excellent move. I wish him best of luck and congratulations on his masterful career and his enteraining captancy that he fulfilled.

    Best of luck dada, and i hope to see play for Kolkatta Knight Riders and even if you dont play, be a part of that team someway or other. Also try to bring out new players from India.

    GO DADA GO Thanks dada for all these years, you made cricket in India Special

  • puneet_cricinfo on October 7, 2008, 14:07 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly -"God of off-side cricket" will always be remembered as the greatest Indian cricket caption although his cricketing skills were also good but they are overshadowed by Tendulkar & Dravid.We remember the historical Natwest trophy final at Lord's as the match in which "Dada" took his shirt off rather than Kaif's heroics. Dada as caption was never liked by opposition especially the caption as he always came late for the toss. Ganguly after comeback has stopped showing his aggresion especially during fielding which was most liked by audience;so my last request to Dada is to play this last series with full aggression and like a caption of the Indian cricket team;rather I would request the selectors to appoint him the caption so we can see the action replay of 2002 india-aus test series(minus the 'Nagma' episode).Best of luck! Dada

  • bluecheese on October 7, 2008, 14:06 GMT

    A remarkable career comes to an end. A man who showed us the way in beating the Aussies is retiring and what better way to do it than against your bitterest rivals. Sourav, though you retire you will always be remembered as somebody who changed the thinking in the Indian team and who encouraged youngesters and brought the best out of them (who can forget Brisbane 2003/04, Natwest Final, his debut century, the great knock in near darkness against Pakistan in Independence Cup, .......). Hats off Sourav, you are once in a generation cricketer like the others in the Fab Four.

  • Kishankumar on October 7, 2008, 14:01 GMT

    I'll miss those sixes over longoff, those near-perfect off-drives, those days of dominance as captain, those moments in the Lords Balcony, those Toronto exploits with the ball...I loved Sachin, never admitted that I liked Dada...But now when I know he's not going to occupy the crease for long, I feel like telling the world...Yes, we're going to miss one of our greatest stars!!

  • SinghL on October 7, 2008, 14:01 GMT

    He taught meek Indians AGGRESSION...salute dada

  • aditect on October 7, 2008, 13:58 GMT

    I think this is a forced decision. When some one is still capable of scoring good whats the point in making him retired. Look at sanath, he is older than the Indian Fab Four, but he is still a fantastic hitter and run scorer. Age is no bar as long as u have it in u. Ganguly, after his come back, played superbly. We will be missing a one hell of a spirited soul on cricketing soil. As soon as he was included in the test squad it was apparent that this wud be his last tourney. Its almost like mercy giving. Poor guy, gave the best victories for the country and now leaving on a sympathetic note. He surely deserves better than this.

  • mrgupta on October 7, 2008, 13:55 GMT

    Hi Dada, I am feeling sad because u have to leave the Game this way. We all know u deserved a much better farewell. I dont know why people were against his head all the time even when he was performing so well. The best Captain India has ever seen... Though there have been more successful captains in the world but most of them had a Great team to lead like Waugh, Ponting, Viv Richards, Chappels etc.. Dada build his own team to take on the Best....Indian overseas record has never been better.... He made us all proud...We will miss u on field Best of Luck for your Future Endeavors...

  • urdho on October 7, 2008, 13:45 GMT

    well i did not like his attitude sometimes. but he was a genius batsman and even a better captain. he truly made indian team from a normal performer team to a great team. but the sad part is he was never given the due respect from some section of the press and BCCI.

    as a bangladeshi i wish he will come in coaching. and i want to see him coach the tigers in some stage. that will be a real great achievement from us. he speaks the same language, have a great cricket mind, a great leader and he knows the culture very well. i know i am totally imaging something. but isn't that be great??

  • r1m2 on October 7, 2008, 13:41 GMT

    It's a sad news BUT I am very grateful to him for making the decision. The most famous cricketing son of Bengal had no more laurels to gain by continue playing, and quite the opposite. I felt in the last few years he's been treated harshly, admittedly for his own mistakes, but it's something he should've proactively tried to avoid. In the twilight of his career he also got to make his millions off IPL. I think Gangs have had an extremely satisfying career, at least that's how I'd feel in his shoes. I wish the best for him in this series and I hope even if he doesn't set the world alight, he reaches 7000 runs and keeps his average 40+. For me the single Gangs innings that stand out is the one played at Brisbane. Simply because of his perceived weakness against short-pitched bowling. I've never watched another such bloody minded inning. It came against all odds, him looking suspicious, yet all his strokes being near-perfectly executed. It was an exhilarating experience and thanks daada!!

  • MridulM on October 7, 2008, 13:35 GMT

    One of the colossus of Indian cricket, a great captain and above all an honest player in the times when Indian cricket was going through the match fixing scandals. A person who hated to lose and infused the same within youngsters, a Sachin Tendulkar, who had to lead a bunch of losers, can value this contribution more than anybody else. A batsman whom all we believed in winning any one-day match on his own, only second to Sachin. If we forget years of 2004-2005 from his career it's been a roller-coaster ride. He had his quirks but what matters is the contributions, which can be rated among top 5, he made for Indian cricket.

    A fighter like you deserved a well scripted and graceful exit. It's been scripted well now, just hoping a bit of dazzling fireworks. Hail Dada!!!

  • tusharkardile on October 7, 2008, 13:32 GMT

    Thanks Dada for showing us the light. You will be remembered for changing the face of Indian cricket. Making us believe we can beat anyone and anywhere and that too by playing positive cricket. Cricket in India would not have been this strong without you, and it won't be the same after you leave. I salute you.

  • thenameisdeepak on October 7, 2008, 13:30 GMT

    Saurav give his 100% for country and this is the right time for him to say goodbye to cricket as there lots of young talent available in nation. He is the best captain India ever produced. I wish him good luck for his future.

  • Ecurus on October 7, 2008, 13:29 GMT

    it's the time to serenade ballad for Graet Sourav Ganguly, the Prince of Calcutta. He is the best captain India ever produced. He changed the attitude of Indian Cricket since he took responsibilities. Cricket world will miss sourav hoisting t-shirt over his head at Lord's balcony, his dancing down the wicket and lofting spinners over long on boundary, majestic & graceful drives or sheer timing through off sides. Along with wizard Sachin he formed one of the most formidable opening pair of cricket history. With his retirement the end of the era of five stalwarts of Indian Cricket begins. Let's hope Dada's last few match will be redolent of his scintillating resurrection in world cricket in 1996 at Lord's.

  • RDamodaran on October 7, 2008, 13:27 GMT

    Saurav, Best luck for your future. Hope you will be involved in the game in some manner. Along with Sachin, Dravid and Laxman- you have left us with memories which will be fondly remembered. You forged this new Indian team and made winning its habit. Complementing your gifted batting prowess was your skillful leadership and determination which has put India on cricketing map as one of the most successful teams. Thanks again.

  • rafi234u on October 7, 2008, 13:26 GMT

    Its really a shocking news to hear that DADA has choosen retirement, I think looking his performance for last 2-yrs, he still has 2-yrs of cricket left in him, but thanks to media who made DADA to choose this path & even selectors who have not shown faith in one of the Best Players in the world cricket. But Thumbs up to u DADA we will miss ur sixes, your Jersey. Best of Luck for your future.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 7, 2008, 13:24 GMT

    I have loved watching Ganguly, and he has been one of India's best cricketers. I loved the way that he played, especially in the 2003 World Cup where he partnered Tendulkar and became, basically, the corner of the team. His captaincy was the best that I have ever seen for India, and indeed the best that I have ever heard of. Whilst most people didn't want to captain India (and indeed, this is still the case today), he loved it and he showed this with his tremendous results. Like Sri Lanka's great captain Arjuna Ranatunga, he was able to turn ordinary sides into great teams and the performances under his leadership were tremendous. It was sadly time to go, however, as he had proven himself after the horrible dumping by Greg Chappell a few years ago. He can now go out on a high. Better to quit before they get rid of you. At least now he will be remembered fondly, instead of questionably. Indeed, this is the right time to go, and the right way to go. Well done.

  • Kanishka2009 on October 7, 2008, 13:15 GMT

    End of an era. I believe he has taken the right decision. The sad part being that, his performances and abilities were never fully acknowledged and given due importance. The selectors/journalists/etc. have always singled him out and in general have been unkind towards him. He deserved a lot more. BUT, now I have one more reason to look forward to the next edition of the IPL after this series. All the best Saurav, hope you will continue to be involved with cricket in one form or the other.

  • JeetDFantasylord on October 7, 2008, 13:10 GMT

    Well it has come! After all these years one of out greatest ever batsmen is departing.

    When I read the headlines on the cricinfo.com homepage it literally hit me in my chest. Since my birth to now I have seen only one man who was worth giving the captaincy to. I will never forget the moment when he removed his shirt and waved it over his head in circles at Lords!!!

    At a moment like this, its totally hard to even be able express all the feelings inside you. I just hope that he does not disappear completely from the scene.

    All the Best to Ganguly for his last Test Series. If he can make couple of hundreds then will be the best ever series in my life. A Great Bow To the 1 and only Sourav Ganguly.

    *Q: Is this retirement of his only for tests or for boththe forms of the game???

  • VivaVizag on October 7, 2008, 13:07 GMT

    Dada, we truly miss you. Your grit, passion, haughtiness, has defined and inspired my generation and enabled our team to match the Aussies. Thanks for the wonderful memories!!

    Best wishes, Arvind

  • gauravpandey on October 7, 2008, 13:06 GMT

    Ganguly -One of the Great captain not only of India but Cricket world also. I admire him for his fiery spirit. He is the one character who changed the direction of india cricket.

  • VineetM on October 7, 2008, 13:01 GMT

    Thanks for the Memories Saurav. You are my favorite amongst the fab four and by going out at your own accord, you have proved that the grace of your batting is also reflected in your personality.

  • TheAshish on October 7, 2008, 12:58 GMT

    I am glad Sourav has finally made up his minds and ended all speculations. He has been a great asset for the Indian team and I am glad and thankful to him for his services and memories he provided. Thanks Sourav and best of luck for your future endeavors! :)

  • bataholic on October 7, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Well i think Ganguly did not want to retire but was rather forced to retire because of the press. I dont understand what these groups of beasts wish to achieve all they have done is lead to the exit of indias greatest captain. The press are just hellbent on bringing a player down so they can write stories and make money.They are the most selfish bunch of monsters who have no knowledge of the game and just write rubbish to make money. So three cheers to Ganguly and a million thumbs down for the poor ignorant souls of the beastly press.

    Rohit

  • MaheshPatil on October 7, 2008, 12:52 GMT

    Huhhh...I don't know how to react to this..this was coming. I will be one of the very few would be very disappointed to see the Indian team without Dada. Hate him or love him, he is the best captain Indian has ever produced. I am 25 and my generation still remember the Lord's debut on Lords in '96. Those were special innings and just glimpses of changes in Indian cricket in following years. He is one of the top five best ODI players ( how can we forget the IND-PAK series in Toronto. Though he was not as successful in Tests, he was a shrewed captain who infused the confidence, self respect in Indian Team. The match saving hundred in Brisbane (2004) was his best innings so far. Win against Aus in 2001,2003 World Cup final,series win in Pak are few highlights of his glittering career which deserves a respectful end.The new generation who hasn't seen the best of Ganguly will cheer this decision, but 90's generation will miss him a lot.Thanks Dada for all your contribution to Indian Cricket

  • CricketPissek on October 7, 2008, 12:41 GMT

    i'm sure this page will be full of Indian fans praising their great captain and player. So i thought i'd be a bit cheeky and sneak a comment in before them :) as a non-indian i still appreciate his efforts as both a batsman and captain on the field. personally, i was annoyed by Ganguly the person more often than not, but that never took anything away from Ganguly the cricketer! I'll never forget the THRASHING he along with Dravid gave Sri Lanka in the 99 WorldCup match. God on the off side, no doubt. Thanks for the memories Sublime Sourav.

  • maddini on October 7, 2008, 12:40 GMT

    Sourav has been a great "find" for the cricket f India. He is one of the "all time greats" for the cricket in India, but it was really sad for some of the situations he had been through in the last couple of years, thanks to the politics. However, as his nature is, brave & fight, he proved his comeback time & now I feel its time for him to retire, which he took a great decision.

    Best of Luck Daada... Hope to see you in new roles in the coming days.

  • reztran on October 7, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Indeed..an end to one of the shining stars of the history of the game. Sourav Ganguly was a man - mainly known for his control over the game - in which he captained India in so many tests. Being able to detect talents and nurture them - I think Sourav deserves credibility of being one of the finest brains of the game. He was the central figure of the media ( even now ) - not because of India hated him - it was because India loves to hear about Sourav, the people loves him - and only because he has given his best to once a lost team. Today, i dont want to talk about any records, nor do I want to talk about the achievements of Sourav Ganguly as a player - I simply want to show respect to one of the most pinnacle figures of the Cricketing world of all times. He will be missed..

  • Baju_SachinIsGod on October 7, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Salutes to the greatest captain india ever had. Thanks to Srikkanth for giving him the oppotunity retire gracefully. Thanks for all the entertainment ganguly had provided to indian cricket.

    The Best Highlights i liked:

    1) Taking his Shirt off after the Natwest victory 2) Drawn Australia series in 2003 3) Leading the team to a World Cup Final 4) Sahara Cup Ultimatum 5) His Celebrations on taking a wicket or a catch

    All will be missed. Goodbye Dada. Wish you all the best.

  • davedave on October 7, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    I am really surprised by his decision and I hope that he will do better in this series. Because of immense pressure on him that started after Srilanka series and was cruelly overlooked by the previous selection committee for the Irani trophy made him to retire. Any ways he needs a grand farewell which the previous selectors didn't want him to give. So when is Mr.Dravid's farewell he is one who has been limping for the last two years obviousuly he has been backed by the selectors and the media.

  • Hari84 on October 7, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    This is an Unexpected Decision from Sourav Dada..He is a living example of Perseverance,Self-confidence,Fighting spirit and Resurrection...this news really gonna raise the eyebrows and lower the enthu of many cricket fans.. But all i wanna see as a Dada's fan is that he has to sign off his career with some blistering and everlasting knocks... Kudos to Dada for his achievements to Indian Cricket!!!!!!!!!

  • Rajan_TR on October 7, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    To be honest, this is by far the best decision Ganguly has taken. c'mon, he is afterall a legend in Indian cricket and he deserves a wonderful farewell. He showed great tenacity by winning his place back in 2006. He didnt have a great beginning in 1992 atleast for what he has done for Indian and World cricket in general, he deserves a farewell, that of an hero. All the best Saurav for your last series.....

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  • Rajan_TR on October 7, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    To be honest, this is by far the best decision Ganguly has taken. c'mon, he is afterall a legend in Indian cricket and he deserves a wonderful farewell. He showed great tenacity by winning his place back in 2006. He didnt have a great beginning in 1992 atleast for what he has done for Indian and World cricket in general, he deserves a farewell, that of an hero. All the best Saurav for your last series.....

  • Hari84 on October 7, 2008, 12:28 GMT

    This is an Unexpected Decision from Sourav Dada..He is a living example of Perseverance,Self-confidence,Fighting spirit and Resurrection...this news really gonna raise the eyebrows and lower the enthu of many cricket fans.. But all i wanna see as a Dada's fan is that he has to sign off his career with some blistering and everlasting knocks... Kudos to Dada for his achievements to Indian Cricket!!!!!!!!!

  • davedave on October 7, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    I am really surprised by his decision and I hope that he will do better in this series. Because of immense pressure on him that started after Srilanka series and was cruelly overlooked by the previous selection committee for the Irani trophy made him to retire. Any ways he needs a grand farewell which the previous selectors didn't want him to give. So when is Mr.Dravid's farewell he is one who has been limping for the last two years obviousuly he has been backed by the selectors and the media.

  • Baju_SachinIsGod on October 7, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Salutes to the greatest captain india ever had. Thanks to Srikkanth for giving him the oppotunity retire gracefully. Thanks for all the entertainment ganguly had provided to indian cricket.

    The Best Highlights i liked:

    1) Taking his Shirt off after the Natwest victory 2) Drawn Australia series in 2003 3) Leading the team to a World Cup Final 4) Sahara Cup Ultimatum 5) His Celebrations on taking a wicket or a catch

    All will be missed. Goodbye Dada. Wish you all the best.

  • reztran on October 7, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    Indeed..an end to one of the shining stars of the history of the game. Sourav Ganguly was a man - mainly known for his control over the game - in which he captained India in so many tests. Being able to detect talents and nurture them - I think Sourav deserves credibility of being one of the finest brains of the game. He was the central figure of the media ( even now ) - not because of India hated him - it was because India loves to hear about Sourav, the people loves him - and only because he has given his best to once a lost team. Today, i dont want to talk about any records, nor do I want to talk about the achievements of Sourav Ganguly as a player - I simply want to show respect to one of the most pinnacle figures of the Cricketing world of all times. He will be missed..

  • maddini on October 7, 2008, 12:40 GMT

    Sourav has been a great "find" for the cricket f India. He is one of the "all time greats" for the cricket in India, but it was really sad for some of the situations he had been through in the last couple of years, thanks to the politics. However, as his nature is, brave & fight, he proved his comeback time & now I feel its time for him to retire, which he took a great decision.

    Best of Luck Daada... Hope to see you in new roles in the coming days.

  • CricketPissek on October 7, 2008, 12:41 GMT

    i'm sure this page will be full of Indian fans praising their great captain and player. So i thought i'd be a bit cheeky and sneak a comment in before them :) as a non-indian i still appreciate his efforts as both a batsman and captain on the field. personally, i was annoyed by Ganguly the person more often than not, but that never took anything away from Ganguly the cricketer! I'll never forget the THRASHING he along with Dravid gave Sri Lanka in the 99 WorldCup match. God on the off side, no doubt. Thanks for the memories Sublime Sourav.

  • MaheshPatil on October 7, 2008, 12:52 GMT

    Huhhh...I don't know how to react to this..this was coming. I will be one of the very few would be very disappointed to see the Indian team without Dada. Hate him or love him, he is the best captain Indian has ever produced. I am 25 and my generation still remember the Lord's debut on Lords in '96. Those were special innings and just glimpses of changes in Indian cricket in following years. He is one of the top five best ODI players ( how can we forget the IND-PAK series in Toronto. Though he was not as successful in Tests, he was a shrewed captain who infused the confidence, self respect in Indian Team. The match saving hundred in Brisbane (2004) was his best innings so far. Win against Aus in 2001,2003 World Cup final,series win in Pak are few highlights of his glittering career which deserves a respectful end.The new generation who hasn't seen the best of Ganguly will cheer this decision, but 90's generation will miss him a lot.Thanks Dada for all your contribution to Indian Cricket

  • bataholic on October 7, 2008, 12:53 GMT

    Well i think Ganguly did not want to retire but was rather forced to retire because of the press. I dont understand what these groups of beasts wish to achieve all they have done is lead to the exit of indias greatest captain. The press are just hellbent on bringing a player down so they can write stories and make money.They are the most selfish bunch of monsters who have no knowledge of the game and just write rubbish to make money. So three cheers to Ganguly and a million thumbs down for the poor ignorant souls of the beastly press.

    Rohit

  • TheAshish on October 7, 2008, 12:58 GMT

    I am glad Sourav has finally made up his minds and ended all speculations. He has been a great asset for the Indian team and I am glad and thankful to him for his services and memories he provided. Thanks Sourav and best of luck for your future endeavors! :)