Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL, Mumbai March 22, 2010

The clock is ticking for Sourav Ganguly

Cricinfo staff
This is not the end of the road for Sourav Ganguly because he remains crucial to Kolkata's brand image and leadership, but he somehow needs to inspire himself to overcome his failings, before he can inspire his team
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It is getting sadder by the day. To witness Sourav Ganguly, once a proud man, resemble a slow and ageing boxer, entering the ring tired and sluggish is a sad sight. That image of an intense Ganguly, staring his opponent in the face and steadily infuriating his enemy with his attitude, strategy and daring, is now a thing of the past. Instead what remains is an athlete, forcibly fighting against time and playing in a format that is uncompromising.

After five games in this IPL, Ganguly has yet to complete 100 runs - he is two short of that mark and has a paltry average of 19.60. Lesser-known batsmen like Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, to list a few, have shown more character and had more impact on the fate of their teams than Ganguly has. And, before you say that all these three are youngsters, more suitable for the format, what of the dominance of Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist and Anil Kumble? All these men are on the other side of 30, all Ganguly's peers, but it is only the Kolkata captain, who finds himself in an isolated corner, sitting numb from the punches thrown at him.

Today was the first instance of Ganguly walking in as an opener in this IPL. In the first four matches he batted at No.3, and in the previous match, against Rajasthan, he had come in as No. 4. But Ganguly batting in the middle-order was always going to be a gamble considering he lacked the firepower he once possessed to take the bowling attack on. Also in the absence of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, Brad Hodge opened the innings in the company of Manoj Tiwary, but apart form the solid partnership in the home victory against Bangalore, that pairing had not proved to be successful.

After the defeat in Ahmedabad, Dav Whatmore said the loss would prompt a change in the batting order. For Ganguly, opening remains the most appropriate position in his present form where he could at least use the pace of the ball and the freshness in the pitch to his advantage along with some initiative. But that was not to be the case at Brabourne Stadium, which was once again filled to the brim with Mumbai supporters.

On the fifth ball of the fourth over, Zaheer Khan pitched a short delivery outside off stump. In his pomp Ganguly would've hit that ball over, or cut it past point for a definite four. In this instance it ended up being a hit and miss. Zaheer followed with the same delivery, maintaining the same line. Ganguly stepped out, failed to connect once again, ending up looking ridiculous. Immediately he asked for a change of gloves. Clearly, the erstwhile 'God of the off side' was nervous. The pattern did not change through the innings - even as Ganguly lengthened his stay, the run rate stayed stagnant.

The reasons behind Ganguly's failure to dominate can be many but the most important one is his slowness. His reflexes have dimmed. That impeccable placement has disappeared followed closely by the timing. Those wrists don't co-ordinate anymore with the bat to lend any direction to the drives, those legs stay planted to the spot. Even his charges against spinners invariably end in the hands of the fielder, where once they ended behind the ropes. Ganguly's actions have become predictable, making it easy for the bowlers to gain the uppherhand.

It is easy to put the detriment of age behind Ganguly's reverses but take the example of Tendulkar today. He was chalk to Ganguly's cheese: Tendulkar bristled, stayed athletic at all times, and urged his fielders and batsmen to remain pro-active, and dissected the bowlers clinically.

All this is not saying that Ganguly doesn't try doing the same. He does, only that, perhaps, time has overtaken him. Things happen in the Twenty20 format at run-time - all those net sessions add up to zero most times and what remains the key is recognising the moment to step up the ante. Today Ganguly had the opportunity many times to force the change with the bat. But he failed miserably. It was the same case against Rajasthan.

In fact it is not the first time he has been exposed in this format. In the inaugural season of the IPL, when Gayle was absent, McCullum left after four games and Brad Hodge was yet to be bought, Ganguly was the top run-getter with 349 runs at 29.08 but those runs could not save Kolkata from drowning. In South Africa, the following year, Ganguly struggled on the bouncier pitches and ended the tournament with 189 runs at 17.18.

This is not the end of the road for Ganguly because he remains Kolkata's brand image. Also he still retains the leadership qualities that are necessary to inspire the team and he is the most accomplished and capable man to lead the side. Only that he needs now to inspire himself first.

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  • on March 26, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Ya, some people are just so forgetful. They just forgot what a captain dada has been, how has thrashed the opponents over the boundaries and how he snatched away matches just from nowhere. Dada is a fighter, a fighter never tires out. If KKR is something in spite of being a team full of over estimated players due to the absurdity of some freaking bollywood business minds, it is only due to dada. If you are so keen to compare the DADA with any tom dick or harry, let me just remind you that he is a player one of his class. any yusuf pathan cant score 11000+ in ODIs nor any other sharma or tiwary can bang a 239 following a flop top order. take t20 and give me a match of breathtaking 91 against DC or a thrashing 87 against punjab.........you can hardly find some so well furnished one. Dada is one of his kind...........and obviously is invariant to any performance scale of KKR, dada is a cricketer, a captain one hardly can forget and a man with ultimate sportsman spirit

  • s_tiwari on March 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    with due respect to sourav gangully, i think lalit modi shud introduce a concept of non playing captain in IPL for the sake of KKR :) they dont have anyone better than dada for captaincy(i doubt if any team has, coz hez d best captain you can imagine for a team), but at the same time he does not deserves place in the batting order. plz retire from IPL too. i always want to remember sourav gangully as a lionhearted captain which I saw in Indian cricket for the first time and also a batsman who scored 200 against world champs at the age of 36....rather than remembring him as a failure in domestic t20s. plz retire. you have achieved a lot and made all of us proud. its painful to see you fail sir.

  • padfoot_prongs on March 24, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    a proud man like dada will surely return back with a bang... although it is evident he has been trying his best... to inspire a team of no-performers... Once Gayle gives them a bang bang start.. and bond takes some quick wickets.. dada will surely fire.with both captaincy and his bat...

  • Zeeshan_Siraj on March 24, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    The person, who came up with such a 'childish' article as above, has forced me to join cricinfo. He, probably, must never have seen Dada play for or captain India, or even if he had seen him, he must have hated Dada like anything. If, the person would have seen very closely, he could have seen that KKR are not conceding anything over 170 when they bowl. It is because Dada is making the smart bowling changes and nothing else. At the same time, other sides are being hammered for 180 or even 200. I think that the above person needs to undergo some sort of eye checkup: he must have failed to see Dada's catch (to dismiss Mumbai Indians' Saurabh Tiwary) that would make even a 17-year old proud. If Dada's batting is taken into account, it is no fun to play around with the titles given to Dada. This chap has no right to demean Dada in the way he has in the above article. It is very much unfortunate that a web portal with such a stature has published an article of the above nature.

  • secondopinion on March 24, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Dont know if Sourav was the best ever captain of India, but he has been a lousy captain for KKR. Pls remember he was involved in he selection of the KKR team at the initial auction.More than SRK or much-maligned Buchanan, he ought to hv picked better local talent, esp batting, since only 4 foreigners can play. KKR burnt up money on Ishant (poor performer), David Hussey (played few matches), Mushrafe (not played at all), Shane Bond, McCullum (v v inconsistent) and of course Sourav himself being the highest earning IPL player. this KKR team cant ever win the IPL. it cant even make to the semi-finals ahead of Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, CSK, RCB, DD and RR. Likely fight for the 7th or 8th place with KXIP. Hi batting in even IPL1 & 2 were below par, I am surprised why ppl are finding it out now. He lacks match play practice and the iron self-discipline of Sachin.

  • on March 24, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    i found tears rolling from my eyes after reading this article...as i am a diehard dada fan... my heart can't accept dada's ageing ...as my mind accepts...this occurs for other dada fans too....so only they are not trying to accept it..and they are still supporting him to play....but one thing if dada is not playing for kkr means kkr will loss half of it's fans strength....anyway dada please make some good knocks in this ipl...and just make a great retirement...v can see his ageing in his shots too...he thinks he has the ability to make great shots...but his body doesn't ...

  • arjun814 on March 24, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Ganguly's player record speaks for itself

    113 TESTS 7212 42 avg (below average) 311 ODI 11363 41 avg (very good) 32 T20 626 22 avg, SR 102 (very poor)

    These are the facts and you decide how good player Gnaguly is all around.

    He is a great captain who changed the culture of Indian cricket and Indian dressing room etc etc.... I wonder why he is not able to change the culture of KKR? May be he doesn't have good players who will follow his culture in the KKR team. Let us see Who did he have in the Indian team when he was winning as captain Sachin, Dravid (the best form of his carrier in both tests and odis during Ganguly's tenure), Laxman, Veeru and Bhajji. Dravid's incerdible form was the X factor for Ganguly's great record as captain. So a captain is as good as his team as. People take too much credit for being a captain of great team.

    Finally Ganguly is a good player and a good captain nothing more than that.

  • on March 24, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Well,Im nt surprised by this article.As always Media trying to highlight Souravs failure ..But that picture is from last IPL and not this IPL , look at the colour of KKR dress .So cricinfo ,keep writing against Sourav..he is used to it..But be carefull..DOnt mislead readers ;)

  • squarepeg on March 24, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    KKR must go out with the determination to win. U cant change the team and get great local batsmen suddenly. Dada should pick the right team, and I agree Ishant Sharma been the biggest disappointment. So, why not try Vignesh who did so well in ICL, plus Dinda and one of the two young Singhs? I wud hate to leave out Hodge, but one of him, Hussey and Oawis Shah shud play. about Dada, no point comparing other players of his age like sachin, dravid, jayasuriya, hayden, gilchrist. Dada's technical gaps are being ruthlessly exploited by all bowling sides, pitching it around his leg stump since he is such an uncertain hooker-puller-sweeper. sachin also gets into trouble with incoming balls at beginning of innings, but Ishant is too wayward to exploit it.

  • muru2305 on March 24, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    really stupid article this...cricinfo...any problem with DADA... hi plz check with other player Dravid, Yuvi, Laxman, jeyasuriya, Gibbs, Smith, Jeyawardane, Sangakara.. plz tell who is performer in this ipl.. where is your article about this player...In IPL-1 kkr won 5games in which 3games purely belongs to dada.. Did any other captain icon player played like this.. why all the nasty statements u make about dada.. once u look at kkr team.. Did any player performing extremly better than sourav?! people watch kkr game because of one person. he is none other than our DADA,, when u don't have young bunch of local talent how one can lead the team,, once look at ishanth, saha, manoj.. the overseas players like hodge, bond, gayle also not performing well. I dont know what SRK is doing. is there any talented domestic player in KKR for this three years of IPL. with available sqad dada is performing etremely well. so aviod this useless article ...

  • on March 26, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Ya, some people are just so forgetful. They just forgot what a captain dada has been, how has thrashed the opponents over the boundaries and how he snatched away matches just from nowhere. Dada is a fighter, a fighter never tires out. If KKR is something in spite of being a team full of over estimated players due to the absurdity of some freaking bollywood business minds, it is only due to dada. If you are so keen to compare the DADA with any tom dick or harry, let me just remind you that he is a player one of his class. any yusuf pathan cant score 11000+ in ODIs nor any other sharma or tiwary can bang a 239 following a flop top order. take t20 and give me a match of breathtaking 91 against DC or a thrashing 87 against punjab.........you can hardly find some so well furnished one. Dada is one of his kind...........and obviously is invariant to any performance scale of KKR, dada is a cricketer, a captain one hardly can forget and a man with ultimate sportsman spirit

  • s_tiwari on March 26, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    with due respect to sourav gangully, i think lalit modi shud introduce a concept of non playing captain in IPL for the sake of KKR :) they dont have anyone better than dada for captaincy(i doubt if any team has, coz hez d best captain you can imagine for a team), but at the same time he does not deserves place in the batting order. plz retire from IPL too. i always want to remember sourav gangully as a lionhearted captain which I saw in Indian cricket for the first time and also a batsman who scored 200 against world champs at the age of 36....rather than remembring him as a failure in domestic t20s. plz retire. you have achieved a lot and made all of us proud. its painful to see you fail sir.

  • padfoot_prongs on March 24, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    a proud man like dada will surely return back with a bang... although it is evident he has been trying his best... to inspire a team of no-performers... Once Gayle gives them a bang bang start.. and bond takes some quick wickets.. dada will surely fire.with both captaincy and his bat...

  • Zeeshan_Siraj on March 24, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    The person, who came up with such a 'childish' article as above, has forced me to join cricinfo. He, probably, must never have seen Dada play for or captain India, or even if he had seen him, he must have hated Dada like anything. If, the person would have seen very closely, he could have seen that KKR are not conceding anything over 170 when they bowl. It is because Dada is making the smart bowling changes and nothing else. At the same time, other sides are being hammered for 180 or even 200. I think that the above person needs to undergo some sort of eye checkup: he must have failed to see Dada's catch (to dismiss Mumbai Indians' Saurabh Tiwary) that would make even a 17-year old proud. If Dada's batting is taken into account, it is no fun to play around with the titles given to Dada. This chap has no right to demean Dada in the way he has in the above article. It is very much unfortunate that a web portal with such a stature has published an article of the above nature.

  • secondopinion on March 24, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Dont know if Sourav was the best ever captain of India, but he has been a lousy captain for KKR. Pls remember he was involved in he selection of the KKR team at the initial auction.More than SRK or much-maligned Buchanan, he ought to hv picked better local talent, esp batting, since only 4 foreigners can play. KKR burnt up money on Ishant (poor performer), David Hussey (played few matches), Mushrafe (not played at all), Shane Bond, McCullum (v v inconsistent) and of course Sourav himself being the highest earning IPL player. this KKR team cant ever win the IPL. it cant even make to the semi-finals ahead of Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, CSK, RCB, DD and RR. Likely fight for the 7th or 8th place with KXIP. Hi batting in even IPL1 & 2 were below par, I am surprised why ppl are finding it out now. He lacks match play practice and the iron self-discipline of Sachin.

  • on March 24, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    i found tears rolling from my eyes after reading this article...as i am a diehard dada fan... my heart can't accept dada's ageing ...as my mind accepts...this occurs for other dada fans too....so only they are not trying to accept it..and they are still supporting him to play....but one thing if dada is not playing for kkr means kkr will loss half of it's fans strength....anyway dada please make some good knocks in this ipl...and just make a great retirement...v can see his ageing in his shots too...he thinks he has the ability to make great shots...but his body doesn't ...

  • arjun814 on March 24, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Ganguly's player record speaks for itself

    113 TESTS 7212 42 avg (below average) 311 ODI 11363 41 avg (very good) 32 T20 626 22 avg, SR 102 (very poor)

    These are the facts and you decide how good player Gnaguly is all around.

    He is a great captain who changed the culture of Indian cricket and Indian dressing room etc etc.... I wonder why he is not able to change the culture of KKR? May be he doesn't have good players who will follow his culture in the KKR team. Let us see Who did he have in the Indian team when he was winning as captain Sachin, Dravid (the best form of his carrier in both tests and odis during Ganguly's tenure), Laxman, Veeru and Bhajji. Dravid's incerdible form was the X factor for Ganguly's great record as captain. So a captain is as good as his team as. People take too much credit for being a captain of great team.

    Finally Ganguly is a good player and a good captain nothing more than that.

  • on March 24, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Well,Im nt surprised by this article.As always Media trying to highlight Souravs failure ..But that picture is from last IPL and not this IPL , look at the colour of KKR dress .So cricinfo ,keep writing against Sourav..he is used to it..But be carefull..DOnt mislead readers ;)

  • squarepeg on March 24, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    KKR must go out with the determination to win. U cant change the team and get great local batsmen suddenly. Dada should pick the right team, and I agree Ishant Sharma been the biggest disappointment. So, why not try Vignesh who did so well in ICL, plus Dinda and one of the two young Singhs? I wud hate to leave out Hodge, but one of him, Hussey and Oawis Shah shud play. about Dada, no point comparing other players of his age like sachin, dravid, jayasuriya, hayden, gilchrist. Dada's technical gaps are being ruthlessly exploited by all bowling sides, pitching it around his leg stump since he is such an uncertain hooker-puller-sweeper. sachin also gets into trouble with incoming balls at beginning of innings, but Ishant is too wayward to exploit it.

  • muru2305 on March 24, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    really stupid article this...cricinfo...any problem with DADA... hi plz check with other player Dravid, Yuvi, Laxman, jeyasuriya, Gibbs, Smith, Jeyawardane, Sangakara.. plz tell who is performer in this ipl.. where is your article about this player...In IPL-1 kkr won 5games in which 3games purely belongs to dada.. Did any other captain icon player played like this.. why all the nasty statements u make about dada.. once u look at kkr team.. Did any player performing extremly better than sourav?! people watch kkr game because of one person. he is none other than our DADA,, when u don't have young bunch of local talent how one can lead the team,, once look at ishanth, saha, manoj.. the overseas players like hodge, bond, gayle also not performing well. I dont know what SRK is doing. is there any talented domestic player in KKR for this three years of IPL. with available sqad dada is performing etremely well. so aviod this useless article ...

  • sysubrceq0 on March 24, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    this is untimely Article from Cricinfo..... what was Gayle doing till 17th over? KKR need good indian domestic players... which SRK does not understand... they are investing alot on foreign players instead of finding local players. They have get rid of Ishant.. @10 economy rate... who cares wicket taken or not... T20 is not abt wickets.. all abt runs.... Mathews need to come up inn the batting order... Gayle, Ganguly or indian player, Mathews, Hodge, Tiwary, Saha, Shukla, Langweldt, Karthik, Agarkar, Dinda. Get rid of Ishant and find new domestic players... gayle and co can win some odd matches but not tournament.

  • ScriptWriter on March 23, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    KKR will always struggle as long as they have I"Shan't" Sharma bowling. Dada or no Dada, it won't make a difference. I saw Sharma's bowling in the match against Mumbai. He should not be allowed to play club cricket even.

  • cricketscot on March 23, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    It is nice to see cricinfo's journalist's thought-provoking article on Ganguly's struggles and downfall ! Hat's off to Indian Neville Cardus. You inspire me. I would like to remind you a few things. For first five overs, run rate was slow. Yes, Ganguly has aged and of course , all his fault,but who was at the other end? Gayle. One of the most talented T 20 player!! What was he doing mate? Riding a bullock cart?

    This old ganguly can't move! says who? Harsha Bhogle,Ronnie Irani ( Aruna Irani is certainly more famous ),and Cricinfo Cardus --- No words were spent on that catch!! slow?

    We knew that Ganguly was old for last four years -- what about Dravid ?is he getting any younger? Sachin - younger?

    Get a grip. I think some of the journalists in criinfo has got their personal provincial preference into their writing.May be, we all have to think twice in future whether we will continue reading cricinfo or not

  • King_soothsayer on March 23, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Surely Ganguly hasnt played anything close to his best, but then so hasnt a lot of quality players. Dada's achievements speak for themselves, so there is no point bragging on and on abt them. Whats surprizing is that the cricinfo staff who has written this article conviniently forgets to include any mention of the spectacular one handed blinder Dada pulled off. Anyways I guess Dada and his most loyal fans have got used to reading such baseless critizism abt him. Taking abt Dada's greatness, I'd like you to remind me any of the veterans who have come anywher close to playing a match winning knock like the one Dada played against KXIPunjab. I guess that wasnt that big a deal after all...scoring almost 75 of the last 30 odd balls.

  • A_PROUD_INDIAN on March 23, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    All I see KKR as a Team that lacks a bit of intensity!!! Dada on the whole was never fantastic runner between wickets or a fabulous fielder!!! But to write him off as a batsmen & captain is very childish... Last match with Mumbai, KKR put up a good fight. And match hung in balance till Satish managed two back to back fours in Bond's Over.

    Dada started a new era in Indian Cricket.... An Aggressive, Bold & Outspoken Captain!!! And i am sure no coach or manual can teach these qualities.

    The person who wrote this has some doubts on himself... or he would have named this article!!!

  • SnowSnake on March 23, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    I have no idea why people are even supporting Ganguly? It is not like he has not performed in this IPL. There is 3 years of IPL record for Ganguly and he is a big loser. Not only he is a bad player, he is a bad influence for the team. Last year there was so much controversy and rumors surrounding over dressing room decisions made by Ganguly. His average over 49 games is under 25. So a comback from Ganguly is more of a wishful thinking. SRK please fire Ganguly's rear end as soon as possible. He is a losing proposition.

  • saikat. on March 23, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    This is nice Article which Sourav must read and I am sure he writes answers to this article with his Bat. Sourav is always compared with Sachin...who is great player but never been able to give India a World Cup Title despite of his several Milestone. Cricket is a team Game and India is team that Sourav has shown others when he started his career as Captain. Sourav may slowed down for last few matches but there are several other reason for the lose of KKR which is poor Bowling form the Top Level Bowler. I think one good knock will be enough for his well wisher critics to take 180 degree turn which was a habit in past. Knights will do well and Ganguly will make his bat talk for these type of analysis which are paperwork ..but the game is played on the field and not on the paper. Good Luck to the Writer to see answer for this article from "Daddy"

  • crictendya on March 23, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Extremely well written article...guys!! yes he has been an awesome captain who converted "also rans" to "a team to reckon"...he has been an amazing opener..hw has been "God of off side" and he has been my favorite cricketer for long time now....but it really pains me to see him going through the motions. Though he's trying his level best...that catch in last match speaks a lot...but overall his fielidng is sluggish....his batting highly rusty...he is unable to clear the inner circle when in his hey-days...as rightly mentioned in the article..he used to clear ropes at ease. Right time for him to reflect his stature in IPL and decide his future accordingly... Dada..we love you n cant see you struggling this bad...

  • secondopinion on March 23, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Sad but true that Ganguly is finding it hard to leave his mark on T20. Its another matter that KKR cant do without him, for theres no good Indian batting talent. But Dada is a shadow of his old self. We might see 2 or 3 good knocks out of 14 matches, thats nowhere adequate. His reflexes have slowed, and timing and footwork are a mess. He wud do himself a favour by coming much lower down, where the load of expectation is less; and then, at the last game, declare his retirement (once again!!) from all forms of cricket. If he doesnt, then a more inglorious exit might be in store for him.

  • srijan_sengupta on March 23, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I am a fan of sourav ganguly and though i don't agree to the funeral tune in the article, i think there is a valid point. True there has been many more failed stars, but that can't be an excuse. None of then are as important to their teams as Ganguly is to KKR. He's not just the best domestic batsman we have by some distance, i think potential-wise he is THE best batsman in KKR, yes, better than Gayle. Moreover he's supposed to be the mentor for the young guys, someone the kids can look up to. He has been really good on the field, radiating intensity and showing initiative all the while, but he has failed with the bat. Having said that, there are (at the least) 9 more matches to go, and he might throw in some stellar performances. But so far it's been disappointing, and i'm really surprised because he was in good form during the Vijay Hajare trophy just before the IPL..

  • on March 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    This article will only cause further resentment among Dada fans who just for the sake of minimum decency wouldn't use strong words against a venerable institution like Cricinfo.

    I hope Sourav strikes back and then CRICINFO would owe us an article to celebrate the genius of Sourav Ganguly which would compensate for this highly ludicrous article.

  • on March 23, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    i want to bring to evryone's attention that Cricinfo has mentioned the names of Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary,Ambati Rayudu.Now 2 of those Youngsters play for Mumbai Indians and the other fr Bangalore.Any surprises.Both these teams are at the top.Its the LACK of Local talent that has let down KKR.If Sachin didnt have the likes of Shikhar Dhiwan who basically took the game away in the first 4 overs and the other 2 ,then even Sachin wud have struggled.Mumbai Indians have some of the best yungsters and KKR dsnt hav

    I thnk with the tag journalism comes a sense of responsibility and unbiasness.Time and AGAIN CRICINFO has insulted our Indian legend specially DADA without whom India wudnt have been ranked no 1 ..Is this what Dada expected to see from such a venerable website.

    Please watch the match again .Dada's role was to support Gayle and he smashed those excellent boundaries whch set the stadium on fire.However Gayle was busy stroking the ball around and Dada was left with no option.

  • squarepeg on March 23, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    We arent discussing if ganguly was great or not, just discussing if he is good enough now for the IPL. the simple answer is NO. and its not this 2010 edition only. even in the past 2 seasons, ganguly socred less and slower than rahul dravid, a player ganguly supporters tagged as suited for test only. against Mumbai, gangly got 17 runs in first 10 balls, and then 14 runs in next 24 balls. ditto in match against rajasthan, chennai... his body follows not his mind no more. his attempts to lift the spinners look like flailings rather than strokes. forget sachin. dravid or even jhunjhunwala showed u dont hv to slug to get a scroing rate over 100. people age differently. ganguly was never really athletic, his sweeps, hooks n pulls were stiff, often wrists didnt roll. all the bowlers hv to do is keep at his legs, and then throw a wide one on the off for him to stretch without feet movement & be gone. if BCCI's dropping him was wrong (it was cruel), why dont english counties rush to sign him?

  • hogwarts_cricket on March 23, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    i think ganguly is the most selfish cricketer that has ever played for india. he was lucky to have great players like laxman, sachin, dravid and sehwag who won many test matches for india under her captaincy. no matter what his supporters say he going to be kicked out of the playing eleven in the next ipl.

  • achack on March 23, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Dada needs to play good straight cricket like sachin or dravid instead of trying to move away from the stumps. he scored more runs by stying put than when he moved away. as for team strength I think without the overseas players KKR has lost many games. IPL 2 was lost by Bhuka Nan and IPL 3 is building time. The local players of KKR have to stand up and deliver and that they have not done till now in any match from IPL1 till now. Sharukh has been stingy.Wasim should ask his bowlers to practice only yorkers and slowere balls. fileding has to improve - DADA HAS IMPROVED HIS FILEDING HAS HE NOT

  • crickailash on March 23, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    really this is 100 percent unfair article...............................

  • Siddharth_Pandit on March 23, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Astonishing, I would say, about this article. All my life, I've seen that bigger the person. larger the critic base. Just bcoz dada hasn't fired yet and played a not-so-good innings against rajasthan, people have the audacity to write anything about him. No body's looking at sangakara (worse Strike rate and avg), gibbs, yuvraj or AB devilers(wasn't he the next big thing). suddenly, everybody is behind ganguly. I m not against any criticism but to see whole IPL followers and media behind one person, just got to show the capability and expectations off dada. Time and dada has proved everyone wrong time and again. Watch out !!

  • apoorv.misra on March 23, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Can we pass a new law please ? Anyone writing off Dada should be forced to mention in the article the number of times Dada has been previously written off.

  • jeet19800 on March 23, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Ganguli had found a technique to look like a good batsman n hide behind various situations since the very start of his career. I think, he made india lose more matches than he contributed to win. He has always been a tentative batsman. We have come out of that 'era' of indian cricket where we could consider batsman like Ganguli to be a good one.

  • critics_007 on March 23, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Dada come back strong hit back hard to your critics.Ganapathy Vignesh is a lethal weapon in ur armoury.Make him open with Gayle.& plz drop Ishant had seen enough of him.Finally playing XI :Gayle,Vignesh,Dada,Hodge/O.Shah,Angelo,Tiwari,Shukla,W.Saha,Kartik,Langeveldt,Dinda.

  • muru2305 on March 23, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Rally am very upset By cricinfo.. writing this article... plz dont compare with tendulkar he is playing still now international cricket... but dada already retirement in international cricket... he played very well in IPL compare with Yuvi, Dravid, laxman and kaif... really i dont know where is your writing about this player... plz dont insult dada... he is great player and great cricketer...best captain also.. nobodies lead the kkr team... now only trouble in KKR... Ishant sharma bowling... very worst in this IPL ... make some change in Bowlers it will be reach semi in this IPL.. all the best Dada... your are match winner... Jai ho....

  • abbhi on March 23, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Yesterday, when KKR were fielding and Ganguly was chasing the ball, Harsha Bhogale remarked, that he was too slow... Then Harsha himself realized that the remark was really unfair and admitted it too... This has been going on for a long time with Ganguly. He is always singled out for harsh treament, and unfairly too. I have to say that Cricinfo also has been guilty on a number of times of this. It seems to have been forgotten that when Gale and Ganguly were batting together against MI, Ganguly's strike rate was better than Gale's and both were struggling to up the ante. But it was Ganguly who was making an effort to hit big while Gale was playing more safe... Same happened against RR, not only Ganguly, all younger batsmen too were unable to hit big shots. One got the feeling that it was KKR bowlers who had to learn the trick that MI and RR bowlers had adopted to keep scores down. And surely Dada was not lacking in inspiring and supporting them.

  • Nnskrish on March 23, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    well yes its true that ganguly is not playing well but whom will they replace ganguly with????surely not with another foreign player and he is better than any other domestic player in kkr, even though he failed in the first few matches he is still good to be in the kkr team and may be he will turn the things around for kkr

  • Hormuz on March 23, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Cricinfo has got it all wrong this time out. Ganguly is a fighter and one can see that in the catch that he took against MI. It is too early to comment on him when its only a question of gaining some confidence and form. Look at Jayasurya, what he was and what he acheived this IPL 3, so there are bad days that a player goes thru, nothing new. If cricinfo is impartial, it will find many more Indian players to write about other than Ganguly (bat/bowl). He will be back in a big way.

  • shoonyam on March 23, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    It would be no exaggeration to say that all of us were truly proud of the way Ganguly changed the attitude of the Indian cricket team under his captaincy.Probably one of the finest leaders India has had.Perfect timing and excellent placement made him a treat to watch.But alas,every sportsman has a shelf life and this great man is no different from the rest.His reflexes are just not the same as before (of course,he will come up with fine displays every now and then but they are merely remnant sparks of the past splendor which has waned now).He is struggling on field and is just not able to take the attack to the opposition.Age has caught up with him.A harsh reality.And every true Ganguly fan knows this in their heart.And I think people are writing so much about him because it is hard to watch a grand player like him do this to himself.One would have truly hoped that this man had retired gracefully.Unfortunately,we're left watching a giant just unable to come to terms with his end

  • on March 23, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    whoever says these nonsese like Harsha Bhogle...my two words of advise.."Grow Up"... Who says Fire dada...did you ever hold a willow in hand...keep your advise to yourself..

    This is a very known fact that Dada is no Sachin...but why dont you compare with Laxman, Dravid and even Yuvi...this happened in the past and will happen again..Dada wil fight back...

  • bsanga on March 23, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Cricinfo is too early to write an article on DADA, but the only option for ganguly is to play as opener and hope make some some quick runs.....what is the success that Sachin had till IPL-3...nothing....the thing is KKR do not have single dependable Indian player..in my view all the 4 foreign player almost same in all the teams..some times one may succeed and times may not....but everything depends on Indian players...take Mumbai..they have all the indian player are match winners...take any team they have atleast 3,4 excellent indian players..I don't know why KKR is playing with Vignesh...who was great success in ICL like Rayudu and Satish...its all the matter of team combination and Indian Players telent...lets hope KKR get good combination...all the best DADA...KKR..

  • srinivas.kotha on March 23, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Nair i couldn't understand what u are going to say. I hope u are a great fan of sachin. Every one has his own style. I hope u saw the total match yesterday. U couldn't observe the effort made by Ganguly in the field? And coming to the bat. Why chris gayle is unable to bat at that pace of he can. And u observe the bowling of mumbai indians, they have done very well. And when harbhajan is in form means. Sachin also can't get his shots. And if ishant is bowling to ganguly means, He can also hit fours and sixes. And some pace is needed to hit like that shots made from sachin.

    And last but not least Ganguly will bounce back soon. And no one can aim at him in the part of captaincy. Team is not supporting, if it is there he can easily give fruitful results to kkr.

  • rshn on March 23, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    True... Ganguly is going down big time. He hasnt played a good innings with bat for ages now. Dont expect him to do that either. Cause he neither has the flair nor the technique like Dravid, Sachin or Kallis. Its Doomsday for Saurav, just like their eden gardens and kolkata. All going down in a hurry!!!

  • Tarzan_Khan on March 23, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I am completely in accordance with the above article. Dada simply is not the same "Prince of Kolkata" that he was 10 years ago. He looks like an aged King who soon needed to be replaced by a New Prince. Dada will remain one of my favorite Batsmen forever, but at this moment, it is time for some new blood, with close to 150 striking rate and with more attacking attitude against the bowlers. After watching the KKR games, with due respect to Dada, he is costing KKR some valuable batting fireworks, and some precious runs. Some people are arguing; why not criticize Yuvi, instead? Just look at the point table why Kings 11 is at the bottom of the table. But KKR had a chance; they still have a chance to qualify for the next round. Without beefing up the batting fireworks soon they will find themselves along side with Kings11. I also believe Dinda should replace Sharma, who badly needs to go back to the Pace academy and review the "Pace Bowling 101" course once again. Good luck to KKR.

  • on March 23, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Yeh alright, if one goes through the phases in the match then Dada started off pretty well for KKR(remember those 3 consecutive boundaries), its Gayle who took time to come up to terms with Mumbai wicket, plan would have been for Dada to play through the inning, and play others around him, the role which Calypso king played to perfection lol.Hats off to Mumbai who bowled in an excellent manner.155 was good enough total had Dada considered bowling himself in place of Bond :), langeveldt in for Bond is always a better option on Indian pitches.

  • musicnavin on March 23, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Hi guys.. u just wait for april 25.. the same cricinfo's homepage will be renovated by DADA'S picture with IPL 3 cup... stop arguing about a legend.. what u did to talk about DADA..

  • on March 23, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Dada is the most successful captain of indian cricket team and u cannot forget the passion with which he played and wins the mathches for India. He is best captain of india till date

  • adgfx on March 23, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Just forget about the past. Dada as a 'BATSMAN' is really amazing, I love watching him play those cover drives and flicks. But it is hard time for him to deliver. As a batsman he has no other answer to the selectors and public. I do agree with Sachin Nair and Atiullah.

  • Dev81 on March 23, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Its no secret that Ganguly has become the liability to the team. His batting has come a cropper, and opposition have got a measure of him. His inability to hit sixes at will and add to that his fitness issues have all contributed to his failure. I think it will do him a world of good, if he steps down from the captaincy and maybe takes over as coach/consultant with the franchise.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on March 23, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    "A mere 5 games?" News flash! 5 games is quite a # of games. If he lit up IPL 1 and 2 or is a good fielder,I would say, ok, just give him a few more to prove himself. Having some1 in a side just for their captaincy has been tried and it has failed several times. Remember Michael Vaughn? There are several experienced players in the KKR who could do a fair job as captain. The prob is Ganguly is a proud guy who never seems to be pleased when he isn't captain and that seems to disrupt the team. Also, there are many who are hung up on sentimentals and want to see Ganguly captain a team like he captained Ind. If he finds forms in practice sure, bring him back and make him skipper. Having said that, t-20 is a strange game and I think this pressure will bring out an improvement in his game.

  • joey81 on March 23, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    those who just supported ganguly saying it is just 5 games, sachin, kallis, jayasuria failed. yuvaraj also failed n so on. But ganguly problem he cannot revive his batting for past 2-3 yrs. Problem started from his captaincy days. Sachin, kallis came back, strongly. they didnt take time for revival. it looks like jayasurya will retire after his election. Last good knock from ganguly is in.......hmmmmm

  • critics_007 on March 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Dada hear me out!Hit back hard to ur critics like a wounded Tiger.First of all don't be confused in ur mind.You know that you have not played enough T20 to understand this format.But from cricketing brains can you explain for what have u picked the 2 singhs in your team yesterday.Plz play VIGNESH,make him open with Gayle,like mumbai stenghten your batting department,&dada dont think of getting out urself,hit the ball hard from ball one,drop Ishant had enough of him bring back langeveldt.A bit of tuning&luck is needed.Finally playing XI:Gayle,Vignesh,Dada,Hodge,Angelo,Tiwari,W.Saha,Shukla,Kartik,Langeveldt,Dinda

  • BloodbathAndBeyond on March 23, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    @jamrith

    Look at the stats. Dravid has performed far better than Ganguly in IPL so far after batting for almost equal number of innings

    Dravid : 756 runs in 30 innings@ 119.4 average : 27.0 Ganguly : 636 runs in 29 innings @ 102.2 average : 22.7

    Now if you look at factors beyond numbers, Ganguly's performance looks even worse :

    1. Dravid almost never batted in the super overs while in most matches Ganguly batted with the field restrictions in. if you check the stats for other openers, you'll see that most of them have strike rates hovering around 120 which makes Ganguly's 102 look ridiculous 2. Dravid and Kallis play the role of consolidator for RCB while Pandey, Uthappa, Kohli, Ross can go for the big shots. Ganguly doesnt play that kind of a role for KKR (which is ideally what he should be doing) Hence his low strike rate isn't at all justified

  • The_pH on March 23, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    You guys should think twice before coming up with such articles... I remember reading one such article(on this site) about Kallis just prior to the string of wonderful performances that has made him the top scorer this season.. so plz.. common sense should prevail in such matters. The only reason y kkr is struggling is bcuz the Indian players are not good enuf. Pujara, Pathak, Agarkar, Dinda, Sah, Tiwari are players who would struggle to get into any other side.. Even sachin wudn't be gud enuf to guide this team to victories. If the stars (dada, gayle, mccullum, shah, mathews) dnt perform, they lose. its as simple as that. Mumbai is lucky to have players like S Tiwari, Rayadu, Tare, Bhaji n Zaheer.. all doin well.. its bcuz of them n not sachins captaincy that they're doin well.. Whats next cricinfo? Wait for deccan to lose a couple and come and repeat these things with Laxman? Get a life ppl!!

  • on March 23, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Rubbish Article...same people were criticizing Sachin too during his bad time..now all of a sudden they are never tired chanting his praises...

  • abhaydchamp on March 23, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Guys......ganguly must bat at opening position.............n if u r takin abt his bad form ..................then he is already under huge pressure.............so if d pressure is offloaded from his shoulders then surely he will b in full flow........agreed that he is a capt. so he should handle pressure..............but if his teammates r not even near their standards wots DADA gonna do............DADA dont worry m sure u will b soon change the KKR rituals.

  • sagarsikka on March 23, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    There are two things i'd like to say: 1. I don't understand why, in our country, we are unable to spell the word 'losing'. It isn't 'loosing'. 2. I detest Ganguly. I used to hate how he brought the Indian team down post 2003, and, he continues to do the same for Calcutta. However, he has always had the annoying ability to shut you up when you criticise him. He'll probably beat the life out of the next bowling attack he faces and make us all look like fools.

  • AK223 on March 23, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    The ppl who think Sourav is not playing well should check on this IPL's records which clearly shows that batsman like Yuvraj,Dravid and Laxman have also failed miserably and these fellows represent Team India.....Y cant u ppl write an article on Yuvraj and his late nite parties and his dipping form!!!!Dada isnt playing well but u cannot write off a player whos got more than 18,000 international runs with 35 Centuries i dont understand y cant u pin point shane warne who has been a huge disaster dis year....if u say he is slow then plz go n see his catch against MI which proves that he is still fit enough to field and bat......n m sure next 3 matches he will prove u ppl wrong and come strongly as he did 3 years back............DADA U ROCK!!!!

  • ZeeshanH on March 23, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Ganguly has a great tactical brain but sadly his batting has deserted him and he doesn't seem fit to play in the IPL. So, KKR should look at making him a non playing captain. And if he continues playing the way he is then good luck next year Shahrukh (Presuming Sourav's contract is not renewed).

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 23, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Gaanguly has now all the right ingredients to become a politician for CPI-M with his receding hairline,his pot-belly and wht nthing.......

  • shreesoft on March 23, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    I am a Gr8 Fan of Ganguly and he will remain mY fav but sadly its time for him to move away as he is sooo sloow now on the field u can see him struggling and he looks like a liability to KKR

  • Pramod75 on March 23, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    What are the alternatives available with KKR. They can make one of the Indian players captain or try out Gayle. But, I dont think KKR will dare make this change this season. Besides, when pushed, Sourav has history of bouncing back. Hence, predecting even before the frist phase of the tournament is bad journalism. Be more balanced in your approach and make a point out of RR specifically. Both the teams are doing below par and one is lead by a player in the same age group as Sourav. Why is no one talking about Warne's time running out.

  • NirajKheria on March 23, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Of course Ganguly is running behind the time but it is the entire team that is responsible for the state of this team. There are no bowlers who can maintain a consistent line and length. All the batsmen are lacking the aggression. I believe somewhere or the other KKR is lacking the believe in themselves. It is wrong to target a single player. If you look at the mumbai Indian team, it has one of the costliest player of IPL Pollard who has failed miserably but still they are on the top. So ultimately it is the team work that helps.

  • Tiptop32 on March 23, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Ganguly will make cricinfo authors to eat their own words. He had made decent contribution so far. Still there is scope for improvement. Cricinfo authors should learn how to write decent articles on legends. Show minimum respect to the great Indian captain.

  • DINU3485 on March 23, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    the arrival of gayle hasn't helped either. What was he doin till the very last ball.. tryin to build a steady innings??? wtf.. v had 9 wickets in hand Mr. Gayle.. U shud hav gone for big hittin fm ovr 15 at least.. n more worse the bowlin of Ishant Sharma and Bond up front.. it's high time they used brains than pace n learned fm their counterparts.. And the match against RR.. wud hav been better had v lost it in the 15th ovr or so tryin to chase down the target.. hw silly keep wickets in tact n still lose by a big margin.. GREAT!!! Losing doen't hurt but the way v lose without puttin upa fight is heart breakin...

  • DINU3485 on March 23, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    As can b seen here DADA has not lost his backing at all.. But he has to justify our backing BIG TIME.. It's not abt DADA's ability, V all knw hw gud he's but it's abt his attitude towards the game and the strategies he employs in the field. He is hardly findin his rythm while battin n more worse the other batsmen aren't helpin the team's cause..

  • abcricket on March 23, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    I think this article has come a little too soon. We can at least wait for a few more games. I still think Sourav can hit spinners well. I agree with 'Rydham' & 'Jamrith' I think its the Indian bowlers who are performing below par (or may be thats all they can do), any score above 150 can be defended.

  • amitksingh on March 23, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    The position in which kkr are at present is only because of incapability of Ganguly. Ganguly must thank SRK for being kind with him and retired from ipl before getting kicked out from squad. He is playing hopelessly

  • muski on March 23, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    This looks more like Ganguly's IPL Obituary. The iconic status accorded in IPL to players like Ganguly and Laxman, were more of a courtesy by the BCCI and the franchise owners. Right from the first season, both these men, who have contributed immensely to the cause of Indian cricket, were all at sea with this format of the game. It is high time that Ganguly bowed out graciously from all forms of cricket. Yes there is one option open for SRK- he could make Saurav a Non playing captain and continue to pick his brains.Except for Kallis, Hayden, Gilly,Sachin, Dravid, Kumble and Vaas I dont see any other 35+ guy making it to IPL 4 ( Jayasurya included)

  • sachin nair on March 23, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    I dont understand, how on earth people can still support Ganguly. He is making KKR pay just because he is in the team.KKR did a good job that they removed Buchanan and they are still wondering why KKR is back to its old ways of loosing the matches.Answer is clear. Presence of so called DADA.Oppositions strategy is clear these days. Just dont get DADA out. Contain him with dots and singles and half the match is already won.

  • Rydham on March 23, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    Cricinfo team is too early to arrive on such an absurd decision. Why they are not writing on Yuvraj Singh - One of the heavily failed batsman of all three seasons of IPL. Why there is no article on Jayasuriya or even Sachin and Kallis during past two IPLs ?

    Its mere 5 games dude !! KKR is loosing the matches not due to Ganguly but due to poor bowling (Ishant Sharma should be sacked from the team. He does not know how to apply common sense while bowling), poor batting (From indian as well as foreign players) and poor attitude. There is nothing which is related to Ganguly. He is not a god ... !! Let us understand this nude fact.

  • ATIULLAH on March 23, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    ganguli is sinking and kkr is also sinking with it.there is a famous indian proverb: hum toh doobenge sanam,tum ko bhi le doobenge ( I am drowning my love, but in the process I would drag you too along with me)

    its high time that every ganguli fan,and ganguli himself must realise that DADA is not made for t20. otherwise it will be same sad story for KKR 3rd time in a row....

  • Indipper.blogspot.com on March 23, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Now even KKR is too good for Ganguly? I dont think they have a replacement for him.

  • jamrith on March 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Why single out Saurav ? Dravid would be the same except that he never has to bat. What we should really be concerned about is the complete lack of success of Indian bowlers with the notable exception of Murali Kartik--- Praveen's hat-trick was a one-off fluke. Based on this, we will almost surely fall at the first hurdle in the T20 World Championship starting in just over a month, or don't we care about doing well in national colours with the IPL's monetary dazzle blanking everything else out. Your writers could spend more time on such subjects rather than gunning for dear Dada.

  • on March 23, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Only option for ganguly is to play as opener and hope that he will score at least a quick 30+ score. In the middle order i dont think he will be able to score with a strike rate of more than 120.

  • on March 23, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Great achievement By cricinfo..in writing with such mastery that people wouldn't know that Dada has been insulted.Cricinfo has Sourav Ganguly as a writer but still finds ways of insulting Dada through Sambit Bal or Chapell or Dileep.

    Dada has played only 5 matches and its not that he played really badly,For GOD sake.stop influencing cricket fans and asking people to indrectly hint at Ganguly's retirement.Ganguly still has the firepower and players Like dada can only bat at the opening position.

    Eeven Sachin ,Kallis would falter if they were to bat anywehre down the order.Kallis played miserably in the last 2 editions as he was down the order.So stop writing such biased articles against our Dada.

  • on March 23, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    I can't Expect this from Cricinfo! I Agree with

    "Posted by Hashwanth on (March 23 2010, 07:28 AM GMT)

    soon, you guys will be made to write a article "Ganguly revives KKR" because that's what gonna happen. MARK MY WORDS."

  • Arachnodouche on March 23, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Ganguly needs to hang up his boots, and his zealot supporters need to shut up. He's old, a once decent batsman with dimming skills, and an embarassment on the field. His much-vaunted captaincy is the biggest myth in modern Indian cricket. He wasn't much by way of strategem, his only calling cards, whimsical fortune and exuberant, talented youngsters like Yuvraj, Harbhajan, and Kaif earning their stripes in the wake of the match-fixing scandals. Not to mention the emergence of a formidable middle order in Tests.

    Go away Ganguly. You are a sorry sight.

  • Rajesh. on March 23, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Saurav may not be the force he once was but he sure isn't a spent force...... What he needs is a bit of confidence and also needs to be more bullish in his attitude as in his playing days........ Somehow the image of a more mellowed Ganguly doesn't seem appropriate.... And he still is the man to lead Kolkatta, there isn't a better one.

  • Hashwanth on March 23, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    soon, you guys will be made to write a article "Ganguly revives KKR" because that's what gonna happen. MARK MY WORDS.

  • guru008 on March 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    It was not only ganguly - but the entire KKR batsmen failed to score quick runs. The problem seems to be absence of good brains in KKR side! When all teams aim for 200 plus score - they think reaching 150-160 is enough.what were they thinking. gayle bats the entire innings and gets 70 runs- stupidity .maybe ganguly was a good captain - but not any more - he is not inspiring others in the team to perform - there were so many misfields and they allowed one run to become two- very lethargic from even youngsters. Less said about ishant better - after seeing how slow pace worked for Mumbai - he is coming and bowling at full speed- gets hits for four each time - no variation at all!

  • on March 23, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Its really sad to witness such an insipid story from the factory of Cricinfo.Imagine this.If you have a test batsman like Pujara,Untested Singh who made elementary school fielding mistakes and untried batsman ,followed by the out of sync Rohan Gavaskar,including the flash in the pan batsman like Shukla and Tiwary ,how on earth do you expect Gayle and Sourav to get off to a flying start when you know after 2 wickets there is no depth and consistency in your batting line up.

    Its very easy to write an article and criticse a Legend in such a grand manner but very hard to understand the situation and appraise the strategy thought out by Dada and KKR and Co.

    While Sachin has the liberty of bright talented youngsters Like Shikhar Dhawan,Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu, Mumbai will any day look opposing to any team.

    Its easy to write of Dada at hindsight but just like always Dada always comes back like a roaring tiger just as he did in 96,2007 and presumably this year too.

  • utathyabhadra on March 23, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Being a die hard Ganguly and subsequently KKR fan and I completely agree to the above illustration, an excellently penned article !!

  • on March 23, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    sourav,is nothing on those days

  • bilalbuhari on March 23, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    dear author, i think you know that cricket is played by 11 players and not just one. Ganguly with a very less support from the teammates, is already doing a very great job. He doesnt have the kind of bowling support as sachin has or any other team has. As per your article, you expect ganguly to come out in the middle and score runs single handedly and win matches right. I completely disagree with that he has lost the rythm. Not only ganguly, every other batsmen in KKR struggled. Because the bowling of MI was very good. The fielding of KKR, neednt say about that. A simple catch of sachin was dropped by karthik because he didnt see the ball of his own bowling.......?????? This is the support that ganguly has....

    He will definetely prove you wrong in the coming matches. Jus wait and watch....

    COME ON DADA.... PLEASE PROVE THIS AUTHOR WRONG...... I AM WITH YOU......................

  • Arijit on March 23, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    He could try batting at 7, throw his bat at everything with nothing to lose, and if he's lucky maybe not get to bat at all. Watching him bat this way is painful, especially because it's very clear that he is giving it 200%, but his natural abilities have deserted him. It's only the batting, and maybe the ground fielding (definitely not the catching) that is a problem. He's still worth his place in the side as the leader, especially since the KKR team don't have any Indian player who is guaranteed a starting spot. Well now that I think of it, they don't have a single player who is a 100% starter every time, even the best ones are just 2 bad matches away from the drop.

  • Alexk400 on March 23, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    His weakness and strength is politics.

  • akpy on March 23, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    i am a huge sachin fan but i like dada as well...not many have observed that dravid has not had a hit as well but he is part of a successful side..so, even if he comes in, there is not much pressure, whether he scores or fails - so, he can swing his bat and comfortably score at 100+ strike rate when he gets the chance...dada should have opened right from the start and by now, his rustiness would have gone with a few hits in the middle, as he is bound to score when he opens..one aspect that amazes me is to see gilly, haydos slamming the bowlers at will and they have been retired for 2 yrs i think..saurav does play a bit of cricket for bengal but he probably takes it easy otherwise..i am sure gilly, haydos would be preparing for IPL just the way they were preparing for their intl assignments..and they are physically much stronger too, not just in hitting power but staying power, which helps you concentrate better.

  • amitksingh on March 23, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Lol, we know whats the Ganguly problem , he wants to be kicked out from KKR as he had from Indian Team. Ganguly has never been a nightmare for bowlers in t20, He should make his mind and say thanks to Sahrukh for having faith in him n get retire from IPL. I think he is the only person made R. PONTING to leave KKR and he is the only person behind conspiration of World greatest coach/manager J. Buchanan exile. We all know the capability of Ricky Ponting as a caption and the power he has in his batting. We all know the success story of teams coach by John Buchanan. I live in Kolkata n its very pathetic to see the KKR position only because of Ganguly incapability of an quality T20 player.

  • usmanrahim on March 23, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    In cricket yo cannot captain a side unless or until you lead from the front... Sourav is losing respect as a captain because of his performances. I think he should try to be humble and aggressive within himself and next time when he gets to pitch he should be thinking about the ball which is round and white and forget every other thing for a while......His one big innings can change the fate of KKR!

  • Satish.V on March 23, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    It is indeed very sad to see a man, who in his pomp could take apart any bowling attack on any surface , struggle like a blind man on a highway.Even his captaincy does not inspire anymore.I dont see KKR retaining Ganguly for the nxt season.He should step down voluntarily at the end of this season.Sourav Ganguly was India's greatest captain and we don't want to see such a magnificent cricketer make a fool out of himself.

  • CricketWorldofSuhas on March 23, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I am a big DADA fan...but feel sorry to say that he is not at all adapting himself to this format...he has all the shots in his armory...but he is trying only to loft the ball over the infield by charging down the ground...the bowlers know that also...they are also simply denying him...DADA plz try some other shot...may be late cuts to third man...very late cuts past the keeper...scoop over fine leg...also also your trademark off- drives...why trying that single shot only...by doing that you are losing some loose balls which can be easily scored through the off- side...play natural game DADA...with a bit of improvization...that's it...we love you DADA...just change your thinking a bit DADA...you will surely excel in this format...Best of LUCK...

  • le_stephenois on March 23, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    come on... cut the guy some slack, he was one of your country's most prolific cricketers, just because he isn't firing on all cylinders immediately does not mean he is finished. You compared him to guys on the wrong side of 30 this IPL, consider other cricketers in other competitions, he hasn't been horrible so far, averaging 19 in T20 is acceptable. Look at Afridi in the World Cup, rubbish to begin with but then just blossomed, don't count Ganguly out already.

  • on March 23, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    ur article is well written with a lot criticism.. And these are not something very secretive informations about Ganguly.. These were his problems in the past too.. But u seemed like writing him off completely.. KKR still have 9 matches in this IPL season.. and we never know when he is gonna come back with a bang.. He is such a fighter.. Never writes him off..

  • zaak on March 23, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    WE agree that Ganguly is a great player and he proved his captaincy as well and once he was the inspiration of all indian players. But T20, it is a different than 50 over game, Ganguly shouldn't be played as an opener in this format, if he do so the opponents will keep his wicket in one side so they can save runs. He can come to bat in any position while his team is in disaster.

  • santanuXI on March 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Its sad to see Ganguly struggle..he looks out of place..out of sync with the demands of the T20 format which thrives on speed. He looks too slow even after hitting three consecutive fours......does not appear to be capable of maintaing any kind of momerntum required in this format. I am not sure its only lack of inspiration..its not easy to put in the kind of effort that is required to keep himself ready for this kind of event without really participating in other forms of cCricket regularly- both mentally and physically. He remains Kolkata's brand image- but by playing so poorly he is also turnishing that image and he just can't stay in the team for his leadership. Its not that Kolkata has suitable replacements for him but judging by the performances so far it won't be bad if some youthful energy is infused in the team- the teams clearly lacks energy on the field. Along with some proper talent spotting the team certainly can improve & Ganguly can make significant contribution in i

  • Rydham on March 23, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    In IPL 1 Ganguly did not fail. He was running short of the partners and he was the only warrior as far as batting was concerned. In IPL 2 yes ... He failed just like Sachin and Kallis failed in both of the IPLs. It is this IPL and these 5 games only in which Sachin and Kallis are playing their innings of life so it will be untimely to rate Ganguly's performace. Still the entire tournament is pending for all the seniors and then only we can rate every one. Due to mere 5 games we can not comment rather ... we should not comment. If so, then Yuvraj can not play this IPL as he not only failed but miserably failed in all the games.

  • aspurohit on March 23, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    With all due respect to his greatest captaincy skills and temperament, I would say Sourav is not in the perfect frame of mind to play this format of game. He may have been a great leader once but he was the weakest among the fab four. Never a great player of the short pitch stuff , nor athletic in the field. If KKR has to come up they have to make the obvious hard choice....Saying this i would also state that this was the man who changed the attitude of the Indian team and enthused a hunger for winning amongst the team members.

  • on March 23, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    We have loved Ganguly through all the years, the inspiring batting and the smart captaincy. As a fan, I just hope he has a rexpectful exit from playing Cricket. His experience will be invaluable for Indian cricket if they choose to make use of it.

  • Neeta on March 23, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    It is sad to see Sourav Ganguly struggling.Gone are the days when he used to charge down the wicket and hit opposition bowlers for massive sixes.He could not brind the run rate up against Mumbai Indians and could not chase down the target of 170 runs against RR.I think he should bow out from the IPL with respect.Although I would like to see him prove my comment wrong and score heavily and quickly in the upcoming games.

  • abinanthan on March 23, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    When Chris Gayle, a swashbuckling batsman of young age, himself struggled to impose himself against the Mumbai Indians bowlers despite staying until the last ball of the innings, why Ganguly's performance alone criticized?

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 23, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    I think Ganguly must qui with immediate effect to save himself for further embarrasment and that to KKR.

    Ganguly has always been like that and anyone can go back to his innings against Bang in 2007 WC where he scored 66 off 135 balls............

  • on March 23, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    The time has come to show to the world that the God of Off side is alive and rocking.Its unfortunate that people tend to crucify a man of this stature every now and then and he has to keep proving himself. A captain is as good as his team. Hopefully all his teammates would come out all guns blazing the next match.Against Mumbai,the opening bowlers are to be blamed ,they dont seem to have a specific plan to stop the runs from bleeding. Hopefully KKR stands up as a TEAM and starts enjoying playing the game,at this moment they are too much worried about winning or loosing. Best of Luck Dada!!! Your die hard fans are still behind you.

  • Sanjeevakki on March 23, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Well Ganguly is the most over-rated captain as well as Batsmen in INDIA this is mainly because of inept Print and Electronic Media of INDIA very biased it is. Because of him only Gentlemen like Dravid, Laxman, Kumble and Others didnt get the Credit which they richly deserve....The problem with him is that he always wants to take credit for the victory and puts the blame on other poor guys for defeat...People call him as the most successfull Captain in the INDIAN Cricket Test Team.... Can you tell me his One Test Captains Innings that brought INDIAN Victory?? Even now this DADA is not captaining the team....... He is just scaring them to perform thats not captainship all about... & one morething i have noticed is that All KKR players doesnt want to play for the team, they want to play for themselves and to the camera's... If the fielders miss some catches and do mistakes they act as if some problem with outfield or something like that... Must be influenced by SRK's acting Skills lol!!!!

  • Rohan.Dhanerwal on March 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Ganguly is failing because he doesn't have the desire to play anymore. He is just playing for the sake of money. More besides, if you see his strike rate (around 75) it was never been so good even in ODIs. He was always slow running between the wickets. He has G Vighnesh in the team who is considered a hard hitting batsman but hasn't yet used properly. On the other hand Sachin who is playing for more than 20 years, still has a curiosity towards the game. He still wants to learn from it. He's still enjoying the game. He practices regularly on nets even more than our youngsters do.

  • Wanderer.Forever on March 23, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    While its been quite apparent that Ganguly has been slower than his "peers" like Tendulkar, Kallis, Kumble and co. but that has been the case ever since he made his debut! I think what Ganguly has lacked recently is match practice and due to his retirement, he doesn't seem to have worked hard at his fitness either, of late.

    But, I bet my bottom dollar, he will come back into form; be it his last hurrah but the King of Kolkata will not his team down for too long! He is made of sterner stuff than your article gives him the credit for.

  • dravidfanatic on March 23, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    This is just a minor slump and Sourav will definitely come back with a bang.....It has been rightly said that he needs to inspire himself, and he will do so with the lights of gayle to assisit him.he'll definitely play a defining knock in the upcoming matches to be sure....come on dada/...........

  • buntylove on March 23, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Sad but true, is the word for Ganguly's current form. The Prince of Kolkata, Bengal Tiger is some how missing his charm and roar by day. As a diehard fan of DADA i would like to see him blazing on the ground. We all know about his great come back in international arena when so called 'cricket pandits' written him out. Just wish that magic happens once again & fielders on off side became just spectators. Best of Luck DADA.

  • vipul88 on March 23, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    well, i loved the way ganguly led india but sadly i have never been a fan of his batting. may be he puts himself first while batting before the team, on contrary sachin is such a team player. these days it's easy for any team to win against kkr, just allow ganguly to bat for 20 overs, don't dismiss him. he'll probably score 60 of 60 balls and he would still raise his bat. in the 1st game he batted for only 2 deliveries, kkr won. in second game, openers alomost finished the game, nothing was left for ganguly. in 3rd, 4th and 5th game, ganguly got an opportunity to bat and that's all he needs to ensure that kkr loses.

  • on March 23, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Ganguly is a great player. He will definitely come out this poor run soon to give KKR supporters something to cheer about.

  • nandz4u on March 23, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    What you have said suggests that Ganguly should be a non playing captain; but when he is in the field he is a bit sluggish; the catch he took yesterday against the Mumbai Indians is something he can cheer about and inspire him. I am a great fan of Ganguly and I really want to see him fire as an opener because that is his strength. It wont matter much if he gets out early but a few early blows from him at the start will be great for the team

  • nandz4u on March 23, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    What you have said suggests that Ganguly should be a non playing captain; but when he is in the field he is a bit sluggish; the catch he took yesterday against the Mumbai Indians is something he can cheer about and inspire him. I am a great fan of Ganguly and I really want to see him fire as an opener because that is his strength. It wont matter much if he gets out early but a few early blows from him at the start will be great for the team

  • Jigster on March 23, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Ganguly has a habit of proving critics wrong and I hope this one would be no different. Age is trying to get the better of him but he is fighting hard.There is a strong desire to win which was hardly evident in the previous IPL. Every game there is a slight improvement in his batting.To make things harder the last 2 pitches that Ganguly played, were a bit on the slower side.It won't be surprising to see him coming out on top once again.

    After all he is the DADA of Indan cricket.The moment you write him off, he will question your judgemental skills.

  • Notout_Naveen on March 23, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Whenever i see Kolkata bat i get an impression that they are playing to lose.. particulary last two matches. I agree with the author, Ganguly should inspire himself and the team.I am sure he has all that ability and potential.He should break the shuckles and should go for aggressive batting from the ball one.No point in keeping wickets intact and scoring at run a ball. I dont know y they are wasting batmen like Angelo mathews who is at his best form.He should be sent at no.3.Ganguly should bat at 5.Bring some youngster like Tiwary or Saha at opening with Gayle, see the change. I just hope that better sense prevails to Kolkata franchaise before its too late!!!

  • Niel1983 on March 23, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    It is very sad to see the king failing. This article is perfect on its assessment of his current situation. This is the difference between a technically correct batsman and someone who depends mostly on timing, hand-eye coordination etc. Sachin-Hayden, Dravid, Kallis, being technically so correct has answers to almost everthing, they keep on adjusting with every problem.Hand-eye is effected by age.. Players like Ganguly-Sehwag-Gilly-Lax might struggle with age. Anyways, Ganguly needs to work on his batting plans.. KKR needs to have roles for each players fixed.

  • manasvi_lingam on March 23, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Ganguly is a spent force. On the other hand Kumble and Tendulkar have been superb so far. Not sure about Dravid since he hasn't batted yet. They key to Ganguly is becoming more of a bowling all rounder and using his medium pacers effectively. Ganguly the batsman is a pale shadow of what he once was. As has been demonstrated throughout the IPL, he is definitely not a T20 batsman. He lacks the ability to take quick singles or pull off innovative shots or go for power hitting. He should step down gracefully as the captain of KKR and retire from all forms of cricket, including the IPL.

  • Raju_Iyer on March 23, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    At least we mast salute the (then) selection commmitte which hinted to Ganguly that his test career was over! As Vijay Merchant once famously said, "You must retire when people ask why and not when they ask why not?" Frankly even in his heyday Ganguly was never known for his athleticism; if anything one of his enduring legacies is the overall sloppy approach to fielding which is Team India's weekness even today. No denying his tremendous talent in batting and his absolutely fabulous attitude as a captain which resulted in the beginning of India's ascent to the top, but the fact remains that he has not been able to keep up with his age unlike say a Sachin or even a Dravid.

  • on March 23, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    he should become the non playing captain

  • antaheen on March 23, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Lets accept the fact that Sourav's days are gone. If you see the first two matches, he really had no contribution as a player.Lets not be blind and keep supporting him guys. I know lot of impractical fans who still would follow him. But if KKR has to catch up this time they need very good contribution from openers, something more than run a ball ( what Ganguly still could not do). Seems he has an excuse after every game and never really looks within himself. Moreover the Lot of local players in KKR are the worst. Don't know how and why KKR think tank selected those bunch of ill performers. I am a fan of IPL and not of any team.!!!

  • jeet19800 on March 23, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Ganguly have always been a clever mediocre batsman who fits in to the scheme of things in such a way that his weakness with bat is exposed minimal. we lost countless matches because of his not being able to raise the tempo of scoring. I dont think his being a so called good captain, is reason enough to keep him in any winning team given his lackluster batting.

  • rexxmanu on March 23, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    very well written..ganguly should try to adapt

  • fakhy on March 23, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    i think he is strugglin with the bat. he should play lower down the order and give a chance to the other batsmen who could make more runs at a faster pace. i think this will happen when mcullum comes back in. ganguly could instead change his role as a bowler who bowls a couple of tidy overs, and bats lower down the order...

  • Shankarcps on March 23, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    I think you are correct. Dada hardly misses the ball when he comes down the track but now he always misses. His hand eye coordination were gone and as you said age overcame him. But look at the fielding effort that two catches in the match will definitely inspire the whole unit. He should motivate himself and should lead the team with the same aggresiveness like in 2003 world cup. dada we really miss your sixes and we always want you all of the forthcoming editions of ipl and we love you and we never let you down.. I think you will be back to winning ways in the forthcoming matches.Long live Dada.

  • Sachit1979 on March 23, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Its illogical to bash Ganguly. No doubt he is going through a little lean patch but not as lean as this article indicates. His inning against Banglore was useful and earned victory for KKR with run a bowl. He struggled bravely against RR and today also he gave good starting to his team with bat and took 2 brilliant catches also. On the other hand if you see the performances of other stars like Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Jayasuriya, Yuvraj, Laxman. I think Ganguly has done better. But still article is against Ganguly not others.

  • cricketaholic on March 23, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Sad...really sad to see dada's drowning...come on dada, show your glow for the one last time.

  • rupamgbvsws on March 23, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Wrinkles of age have started appearing and prince charming charms no more, the roar of the tiger that intimidated even Steve Waugh's invincibles at one time is in decrescendo mode,"God of the offside" has lost its aura and faith.All that lies today is a Shah Jahan imprisoned by the inevitable clasp of ageing ,looking at Taj Mahal from Agra Fort and whining away about his misfortunes.

  • swat1999 on March 23, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    KKR have no hope, their players seems are too slow, weak & tired. KKR failed to find the best 11 despite wasting lot of money....

  • renuka2110 on March 23, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    clock is broken ... useless

  • on March 23, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    Don't write off dada so quickly you only had 5 matches in the tournament, still 9 matches to play..time and again he has proved his capability to his detractors..i don't know why only dada has such a huge following of detractors who keeps on ranting against him. Maybe, it has got to do with his immense fan following and never say die attitude..which keeps on disapproving his detractors.I admit that he has hasn't done will till now in IPL 3 but today he gave room for Gayle to settle down..it was excellent bowling by MI bowlers which restricted all the batsmen of KKR even Gayle couldn't so much...Dada will be back with a bang!!!

  • on March 23, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Don't write off dada so quickly you only had 5 matches in the tournament, still 9 matches to play..time and again he has proved his capability to his detractors..i don't know why only dada has such a huge following of detractors who keeps on ranting against him. Maybe, it has got to do with his immense fan following and never say die attitude..which keeps on disapproving his detractors.I admit that he has hasn't done will till now in IPL 3 but today he gave room for Gayle to settle down..it was excellent bowling by MI bowlers which restricted all the batsmen of KKR even Gayle couldn't so much...Dada will be back with a bang!!!

  • renuka2110 on March 23, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    longer ganguly plays better the chances for my team to win. btw my team is not kkr. go ganguly go. keep on playing.

  • on March 23, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    sourav ganguly is good capt for k k r

  • niraj13 on March 23, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Nice article! I really feel bad for Ganguly-he was once a key player in the Indian camp and was considered as good of a player as Sachin. Everyone goes through a lean patch, but it lasts for a few months or at the most a couple of years. In Dada's case, he has been in a lacklusture form for the last several years. I sincerely hope that he regains his swagger and his spark and end his career on the highest point because he really deserves that. When Sachin was out of form 2-3 years, I used to pray that he gets his form back and show the world that he is the best batsman ever. Luckily, it happened! I really hope something similar happens in Dada's case also. A great player like Dada can remain quiet for some time, but sooner or later, they come out and show why they are regarded so highly.

  • romiltheleader on March 23, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    i just hope that he scores some runs quickly. If he can't then simply get out and let other young indian players come and hit the ball hard. i really want to see KKR winning. It really hurts to see them loose everytime they play.

  • Winfried on March 23, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    If I had a dollar for every time a hack like you has dissed Ganguly only to eat his words the next day, I would be a rich man. Who knows, you may be right this time, but I have read so many of your colleagues here write off Ganguly only for him to come back the next day and destroy an attack that if I were a betting man I would put money on Kolkatta to win the IPL. Too bad you didn't have the gumption to sign your name to this article so I could add you to the illustrious list of peer journalists: Dileep Premachandran and Sambit Bal are already on there, and of course the frequent Cricinfo columnist Gregory Chappell. I should start a competition called "How many times have you written off Ganguly?"

  • Maverick79 on March 22, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    For KKR to really succeed oldies got to give way to freshers. Best thing would be a change in the Franchisee. Why do you need Bollywood to market this game in India. It just takes the focus of the game.

  • heirofra on March 22, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    its funny how the name of the writer isnt mentioned...todays game in the first six overs ganguly and chris gayle played, ganguly was the one hitting shots, ticking the scorecard, where everything was bowled to his legs....well later he couldnt push bt neither could great chris gayle...i think it was because of a very good bowling strategy...not because ganguly's age....i believe this is too early to write him off like this..but its actually good because everytime ppl wrote him off, he bounced back and proved everyone wrong....so i welcome this article and hope this would make the bouncing back sooner :)

  • Sreenivas.N.M on March 22, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    dada its just the mind!!conquer it!!u will do well

  • monish1154 on March 22, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Cmon DADA! U can do it!!!!!!

  • Vijendran on March 22, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    If Ganguly keeps struggling, maybe he can bowl more and bat at 7 or 8. But with Gayle opening, he should be able to at least give Gayle the strike.

  • viju_009 on March 22, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    An excellent article, one of the reasons would be that, dada did not do his homework properly, unlike the veterans mentioned in the article, dada lacks a good work ethics, specially when it comes to fitnes and also his self belief is missing. But I am sure, as he has proved us time and again about his mental strength. All it requires is two innings and we can see our dada back driving through cover and dancing down the pitch and hitting the bal over long on. Matter of time .

  • RANAROYALS on March 22, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    dada we are with u forever what ever u do we love it u r the almighty to us . you better know how to bounce back than anyone else. waiting for ur sharp and quick comeback . we love u dada. we want our dada back in action again. dear article writer why you hadnt even mentioned the superb catch taken by the god today

  • honestinjun on March 22, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    This article is not a bad effort for the 14 year old intern that cricinfo found on the street.... honestly, you guys can do better. (Note: I am not at all a Gangs supporter)

  • on March 22, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    In comparing the success of Tendulkar and Kallis with Ganguly's batting failures in the IPL, the author forgets that SRT and Kallis are both still active in the international game, whereas Ganguly does not even play in the Ranji Trophy anymore. He can hardly be expected to step to the crease in a T20 match come March and score runs in the manner of a full-time cricketer. Given that SRT, Dravid and Laxman continue to be effective Test batsmen, and considering Ganguly's performance in his final series, it might be argued that he retired (or was pushed out) prematurely. And certainly, he should have continued to play regularly for Bengal. Instead, he became "almost retired," which was no doubt lucrative for him and his sponsors, but which was always going to be hopeless from a cricketing point of view.

  • KTiwari on March 22, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    I am big of fan of Ganguly only because of his fighting abilities and I hope, he comes back fighting again. Generally I support Delhi but sometime I root for KKR only because of Dada.

  • LAKINGSFAN on March 22, 2010, 21:42 GMT

    Ganguly never adapted the situation of the game or pitch even during his playing days. You could easily see his averages made peaks when he played in slow,flat pitches. His averages dipped when he played against NZ, Aus and SA in their own countries. But on the otherhand, both Rahul and Sachin adapted everything that came in their way. Sachin would easily fit in Indian T20 team as well. Even in the same age group, Sachin and Rahul show a lot of hunger for the game but Ganguly lacks in it.Both Sachin and Dravid are better athletes than Ganguly. I'm pretty sure if he couldn't succeed as an opener, he will be dropped from KKR for next season. Sure, Ganguly's stocks came down after his retirement from international cricket.

  • mistersri on March 22, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    This is probably one of the best articles I read on cricinfo. It is best not only because of the accuracy of analysis, but also for writing it without trying to soften your views. Hope we see more articles like these. Whoever wrote this got some guts.

  • catnanfish on March 22, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    well said, Mr. Cricinfo Staff. I felt that KKR played real carefultoday, but didn't captilise on the wickets saved. Need to mention that both Gayle and Ganguly were very slow for a T20. I was expecting atleast Gayle to pick up the pace given the latest history of Ganguly's performance. Well said that his stand lies as a opener but would need the other opener to strike while ganguly rotates strike. Good to see Tendulkar hitting some runs and taking Mumbai forward.

  • on March 22, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Ganguly has a problem facing the truth and reality. He is going to take KKR down. One of the reasons for the loss today was Ganguly's batting. He did the same when he was dropped from Indian team. Everyone cannot be Tendulkar that is why they are Dravids, Laxmans and Ganguly. To protect his legacy Ganguly needs to quit and move into management...

  • mautan on March 22, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    As usual someone had to write this article, much before its time. Its only five games and Ganguly has not looked any more out of place than someone like Shane Warne, or Jayasuriya or Hodge or even Yuvraj.. Wait till atleast 7-8 matches, because the cricket world knows how Ganguly is and he has a very strong habit of proving people wrong. By the way what was Gayle run rate when Gangulay got out today? It was quite similar, so maybe it was just good bowling by the other side for once?

  • critic12345 on March 22, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    You cant have a opener or number 3 scoring less than run a ball and taking nearly 30 balls, that to when batting first. If Kolkata want Ganguly's brain in field let him be the coach and watch from sidelines. He is affecting the teams perfomance. Matthews started this tournament realy well with the bat, where is he now? He has batted only 16 balls in last 3 matches. I guess if I am a opposition, I will tell my bowlers/fielders to not to take Ganguly's wicket. What is happening to their management. They have got the best ICL player in their side ,G Vignesh and they are not even giving a single chance to him. Also they got Chirag Pathak , a hard hitting opener and sitting in side lines. Ganguly either has to bat at number 7 or drop himself from team. One more loss for Kolkata, they are finished in the tournament,its not that they dont have the ability, its because of the mental scars they got in previous seasons.

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    we love u dada..and will love you always..u r a proud man..it's time to quit dada..!! feeling hurt to see u playing like this..

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    dada rulesssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Vijay_P_S on March 22, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Today he got 30 odd runs but I wonder if his low strike rate is the the reason why Kolkata got a below par score. I am worried about him.

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Thank you Dada for the entertainment.hope you enjoy the coffee behind the mic now.

  • newsathish on March 22, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    I agree with the writer's thought. Ganguly should decide soon what he want most out of this IPL. Two parent ego's clashing here. SRK can't drop him coz he Ganguly is the icon and at the same time Ganguly can't get back his form at any stage. Ganguly's body language on the field speaks so much. Its high time for him to hang up his shoes. SRK is also equally responsible for the downfall of KKR. He is a owner and he should interfere into too much of managerial aspects of cricket. He is the root cause of the KKR mess-up. He wants to be the star of KKR. None of the IPL teams websites have their owner on the homepage!! His star power is in bollywood and not in cricket. when it comes to KKR , SRK is first and cricket is next, that's sad. SRK's controversial personal image and his too much indulgence in the selection and administration of KKR has lead to the downfall and it will take ages to get resurrect. Its better for KKR if SRK and Ganguly gets divorce, the orphan KKR kids will have future

  • uknsaunders on March 22, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Agree with the article totally. The opening partnership added a laboured 70 in 11 overs with fielding restrictions. 2nd wicket scored approx 80 in 8 with Shah, who's hardly a world beater but a decent international cricketer, at the crease. I amke that 2 games that Ganguly has handicaped his side in. With the removal of icon status for 2011 IPL, I'm not sure we'll see much of Ganguly next year.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on March 22, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    I think Sourav should retire for good. Else I don't know, he might be forced out of the team. People like McGrath were forced to sit out from IPL matches before. Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Anil Kumble, Matt Hayden, Sanath Jayasurya still have the firepower which Ganguly hasn't. So he should definitely consider stepping down.

  • SnowSnake on March 22, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Fire Ganguly as soon as possible. As long as he is there, KKR cannot win.

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  • SnowSnake on March 22, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    Fire Ganguly as soon as possible. As long as he is there, KKR cannot win.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on March 22, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    I think Sourav should retire for good. Else I don't know, he might be forced out of the team. People like McGrath were forced to sit out from IPL matches before. Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Adam Gilchrist, Anil Kumble, Matt Hayden, Sanath Jayasurya still have the firepower which Ganguly hasn't. So he should definitely consider stepping down.

  • uknsaunders on March 22, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Agree with the article totally. The opening partnership added a laboured 70 in 11 overs with fielding restrictions. 2nd wicket scored approx 80 in 8 with Shah, who's hardly a world beater but a decent international cricketer, at the crease. I amke that 2 games that Ganguly has handicaped his side in. With the removal of icon status for 2011 IPL, I'm not sure we'll see much of Ganguly next year.

  • newsathish on March 22, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    I agree with the writer's thought. Ganguly should decide soon what he want most out of this IPL. Two parent ego's clashing here. SRK can't drop him coz he Ganguly is the icon and at the same time Ganguly can't get back his form at any stage. Ganguly's body language on the field speaks so much. Its high time for him to hang up his shoes. SRK is also equally responsible for the downfall of KKR. He is a owner and he should interfere into too much of managerial aspects of cricket. He is the root cause of the KKR mess-up. He wants to be the star of KKR. None of the IPL teams websites have their owner on the homepage!! His star power is in bollywood and not in cricket. when it comes to KKR , SRK is first and cricket is next, that's sad. SRK's controversial personal image and his too much indulgence in the selection and administration of KKR has lead to the downfall and it will take ages to get resurrect. Its better for KKR if SRK and Ganguly gets divorce, the orphan KKR kids will have future

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    Thank you Dada for the entertainment.hope you enjoy the coffee behind the mic now.

  • Vijay_P_S on March 22, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Today he got 30 odd runs but I wonder if his low strike rate is the the reason why Kolkata got a below par score. I am worried about him.

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    dada rulesssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • on March 22, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    we love u dada..and will love you always..u r a proud man..it's time to quit dada..!! feeling hurt to see u playing like this..

  • critic12345 on March 22, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    You cant have a opener or number 3 scoring less than run a ball and taking nearly 30 balls, that to when batting first. If Kolkata want Ganguly's brain in field let him be the coach and watch from sidelines. He is affecting the teams perfomance. Matthews started this tournament realy well with the bat, where is he now? He has batted only 16 balls in last 3 matches. I guess if I am a opposition, I will tell my bowlers/fielders to not to take Ganguly's wicket. What is happening to their management. They have got the best ICL player in their side ,G Vignesh and they are not even giving a single chance to him. Also they got Chirag Pathak , a hard hitting opener and sitting in side lines. Ganguly either has to bat at number 7 or drop himself from team. One more loss for Kolkata, they are finished in the tournament,its not that they dont have the ability, its because of the mental scars they got in previous seasons.

  • mautan on March 22, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    As usual someone had to write this article, much before its time. Its only five games and Ganguly has not looked any more out of place than someone like Shane Warne, or Jayasuriya or Hodge or even Yuvraj.. Wait till atleast 7-8 matches, because the cricket world knows how Ganguly is and he has a very strong habit of proving people wrong. By the way what was Gayle run rate when Gangulay got out today? It was quite similar, so maybe it was just good bowling by the other side for once?