Sourav Ganguly November 14, 2008

Silk and steel

With the bat in hand, Sourav Ganguly was all immaculate timing and delicate touches. As captain, he toughened India up, made them believe they could win against anyone
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All about balance: Ganguly was dominant on either side of the wicket and able to punish any bowler who offered width © Getty Images

Rahul Dravid said it right when he said, "On the off side, first there is god, and then there is Sourav Ganguly."

Sourav burst upon international cricket with two centuries in his first two Tests, and went on to carve a niche for himself as one of the best batsmen in the modern game. With his retirement the game has lost a great player, a strong leader and a colourful and unpredictable character.

Sourav the batsman was an attacker, blessed with time and quick hands, a destructive square- cut and the most elegant of cover-drives. All these attributes I saw when I watched him on TV at Lord's during his debut, completely at ease in the big time, scoring a remarkably mature hundred. This maturity, which I believe comes of self-confidence and mental strength, marked him out as a future captain at a very early stage.

Sourav's batting was all about balance. He had a good stride forward or back, a strong and stable base, a heavy bat to add further to the weight transfer into the shot, and a still head. This enabled him to be dominant on either side of the wicket and to punish any bowler who offered him width.

The only delivery that troubled him consistently through his career - except at the start - was the short ball. The bouncer seemed to make him lose his stability and balance, making it somewhat awkward for him to play it. This perceived weakness has been a hot topic in most dressing rooms during pre-match meetings: how to shake him up with the short-pitched delivery - not always to get him out with it but to make him feel uncomfortable enough to commit an error in the execution of his strokes. The short ball was used extensively against him in Test cricket with some success, and also to a certain degree in ODIs. Whether this was the reason why such an able and talented batsman averaged only in the low 40s in Test cricket is a matter of debate and speculation.

He did manage to overcome this weakness sufficiently and become one of the mainstays of the Indian middle order. In fact, he later evolved his game to take advantage of the short-pitched ball. Though not a natural at the pull and hook, he would at times premeditate his shot based on the assumption that the ball would be short and set himself for it, trusting his eye and hands to rescue him if he guessed wrong. The hundred he scored in Brisbane during the historic tour of 2003-04 was for him a vindication of his self-belief and technique.

It was in the one-day arena that Sourav was most at home. Along with Sachin Tendulkar he formed one of the most feared and successful opening partnerships of all time. He was supremely able to dominate any bowling attack, scoring on both sides of the wicket, unafraid to use his feet to the fast bowlers, arrogantly exploiting the field restrictions by hitting over the top. He handled spin with ease, rotating the strike and clearing the boundary almost at will. I watched him do all this against Sri Lanka at Taunton in the 1999 World Cup, scoring a magnificent 183.

To me, his greatest contribution to Indian cricket was as captain. When first appointed, his attempts to not just earn but also demand respect from the opposition ended up with him spending time in the match referee's room on more than a few occasions.

 
 
His fiery attitude rubbed off on his team-mates and he seemed to create what seemed a new India. A team that believed in playing tough, in winning from any situation; that believed in themselves and each other
 

For Sourav, his only responsibility was to win games for India and imbue his team with a new strength of character and self-belief. He knew that his team was good enough to beat any opposition; his challenge was to make his team- mates believe it too. He never walked onto a cricket field to win friends, but instead did so with an arrogance and self-belief that irked almost everyone. He intentionally irritated the opposition. From keeping the opposing captain waiting at the toss, to playing verbal and mental games, he was a master at the art of gamesmanship. All this to give his team an advantage in a competition.

This fiery attitude did rub off on his team-mates and he seemed to create what seemed a new India. A team that believed in playing tough, in winning from any situation; that believed in themselves and each other; a team that revelled under pressure; and above all a team that played to win. His greatest achievement as captain would no doubt be the tour to Australia in 2004. The Indians dominated the Tests, making Australia scramble to save the series in their own backyard. That tour was marked by remarkable performances by Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin, but it is the captain who moulded the team into a winning unit.

Sourav's single-minded drive to be the best has coloured the perception others have of him. The people of Kolkata are devoted to their prince, and while some opposition players might not have him on their Christmas lists, they accord him grudging respect. He has annoyed and irked and he has amazed and thrilled. Sourav has not had everything his way. Friction with selectors, with his coach and administrators, has dogged the latter part of his career, and he has risen to meet all the challenges in his own way, with undeniable success.

He has been a magnificent player, not just for India but for all cricket. He has enjoyed great success and undergone myriad trials and tribulations. Fought for his rights and beliefs and led his team with courage and conviction. Now Dada walks away with his head held high, with that ever-present, almost arrogant half-smile, secure in his wonderful achievements, knowing that he did it his way.

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  • POSTED BY Ilin on | November 16, 2008, 9:11 GMT

    Saurav was the best captain of india.win against aussies,natwest trophy i.c.c.champions trophy,and w.c.finalist,proves it all.when dadi crowned as captain,the whole cricket world was stung by match fixing cases.india was at top to suffer.that time skipper azhar was sacked,future captain jadeja was banned,sachin denied to become captain,and all the things were extreamly messy.it was ganguly,who took the team forward.he won in bangladesh,and then beat steve waugh & co.by 2-1.when dravid conspire against him,with greg chappel n kiran more,he came back with bang.he slapped all those faces with his performance,including vengsarkar,recently.till then,dravid has finished,greg make aus lost,n vengy has very insulting exit from bcci.its dada,who exits with bang bang.

  • POSTED BY srinivasasubramanian on | November 16, 2008, 6:38 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara has proved that he uses his pen and bat for writing poetries off and on the field respectively . Great article and it shows that how good a human being Sanga is . hte common thing between Dada and Sanga is their aggression and the no-nonsense way of playing the game. Well done once again .

  • POSTED BY anantha_pk on | November 15, 2008, 18:15 GMT

    Dada had the last laugh in the nagpur test after winning the aussies. But it was not enough to sign out. If he had bothered for more runs rather than captaining, he could have survived for more couple of years. It is the test scenario but his elagancy in the one day is still remarkable. Ganguly was a tough competitor for sachin, and also a better reliable than the 'later'. His extraordinary power for sixes and stylish offside boundaries always worth to watch. However he is little bit weak in running between the wickets. His aggressive character in the field as both mixed responses from selectors and spectators. For the past two years he was under threshold and finally as expected BCCI won.

  • POSTED BY Bytheway on | November 15, 2008, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Sanga! You are as good with the pen as you are with the bat. And a generous spirit.

  • POSTED BY zephyrboss on | November 15, 2008, 10:01 GMT

    Sanga deserves compliments for a very balanced and insightful article on Dada. The fact of the matter is that a large number of cricket fans like me across India have identified with Dada, and have somehow lived their dreams through him. His anti-establishment stance has reflected the rebellion that a lot of us have inside us, and in his victories, we have found our personal joys. His impact has thus been well beyond his cricketing heroics, and it shows in the emotional, near fanatical, support that he has enjoyed. Thanks a ton Dada for giving us the joys beyond cricket, that no Tendulkar, Jumbo, Dravid or VVS could bring. All the best...have a great life ahead.

  • POSTED BY ari2007 on | November 15, 2008, 7:38 GMT

    Brilliant Article..it shows why Sanga is rated as one of the most respected writers amongst the current crop of cricketers. My view: If Gavaskar gave Indian cricket its body, Kapil its heart, Sachin blood then Sourav gave it character ... all these things are something which just can't be removed from Human System till somebody dies. Hence till Indian cricket lives all these things shall be inseparable. As we say in Management there are different phases in the process of team management:.a leader is one who builds the team, identify roles and works out need for each role. That is where Sourav was exceptional, in team creation..making the next captains/selectors job easier as he now has to identify the best player in the country to fill that role...In my book the best captain world has seen in the last 15years post Arjuna has to be Saurav...there have to be reasons beyond cricket and the part of the world where we come from that RICKY/STEVE WAUGH have been rated better than SAURAV

  • POSTED BY N.JAYARAMAN on | November 15, 2008, 7:12 GMT

    An excellent and well deserved tribute to Dada by Sangakarra... I do agree that Dada as a captain overshadows his abilities as a batsman..

  • POSTED BY san_path on | November 15, 2008, 2:44 GMT

    Great article Sanga.I watch ganguly in 1996 lords test is all of stroke play(god of off side).We going to miss him to see the punches and taking spiners in to the stands.

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | November 15, 2008, 1:39 GMT

    Beautifully written article!Sanga has given a really balanced tribute .Expect a fellow Asian to do that.I am little surprised to not see some Paki fans acknowledging Ganguly.I especially remember Ganguly fondly ever since he played heroically in '97 Sahara Cup and '98 Bangladesh cup when India successfully chased down 300+ score. A first in ODS history at the time I believe. Sachin as great as he may be has never won a series against the arch rivals as unequivocally as Ganguly did. I think Ganguly was not given his due in the ODI scene and his Test performances especially in his twilight of his career has been nothing short of heroic. Dhoni giving captaincy to Ganguly and to see Ganguly make those field placements in the last few minutes of his titanic career brought tears for chapter is to end.As this is exactly what an everlasting image of Saurav an ardent Indian fan like I wanted.Saurav the first entrant in pinnacle of Indian captains forever - you are etched in stone!!!

  • POSTED BY surya_adi on | November 15, 2008, 0:30 GMT

    As a Indian, I always knew Dada was a great player. But I felt sometimes that my patriotism/nationalism/jingoism was giving me a less than objective view of him. Now a piece like this from an opposite number who is himself so well respected for his batting/cricketing knowledge, convinces me beyond any doubt that Dada was indeed great.

  • POSTED BY Ilin on | November 16, 2008, 9:11 GMT

    Saurav was the best captain of india.win against aussies,natwest trophy i.c.c.champions trophy,and w.c.finalist,proves it all.when dadi crowned as captain,the whole cricket world was stung by match fixing cases.india was at top to suffer.that time skipper azhar was sacked,future captain jadeja was banned,sachin denied to become captain,and all the things were extreamly messy.it was ganguly,who took the team forward.he won in bangladesh,and then beat steve waugh & co.by 2-1.when dravid conspire against him,with greg chappel n kiran more,he came back with bang.he slapped all those faces with his performance,including vengsarkar,recently.till then,dravid has finished,greg make aus lost,n vengy has very insulting exit from bcci.its dada,who exits with bang bang.

  • POSTED BY srinivasasubramanian on | November 16, 2008, 6:38 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara has proved that he uses his pen and bat for writing poetries off and on the field respectively . Great article and it shows that how good a human being Sanga is . hte common thing between Dada and Sanga is their aggression and the no-nonsense way of playing the game. Well done once again .

  • POSTED BY anantha_pk on | November 15, 2008, 18:15 GMT

    Dada had the last laugh in the nagpur test after winning the aussies. But it was not enough to sign out. If he had bothered for more runs rather than captaining, he could have survived for more couple of years. It is the test scenario but his elagancy in the one day is still remarkable. Ganguly was a tough competitor for sachin, and also a better reliable than the 'later'. His extraordinary power for sixes and stylish offside boundaries always worth to watch. However he is little bit weak in running between the wickets. His aggressive character in the field as both mixed responses from selectors and spectators. For the past two years he was under threshold and finally as expected BCCI won.

  • POSTED BY Bytheway on | November 15, 2008, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Sanga! You are as good with the pen as you are with the bat. And a generous spirit.

  • POSTED BY zephyrboss on | November 15, 2008, 10:01 GMT

    Sanga deserves compliments for a very balanced and insightful article on Dada. The fact of the matter is that a large number of cricket fans like me across India have identified with Dada, and have somehow lived their dreams through him. His anti-establishment stance has reflected the rebellion that a lot of us have inside us, and in his victories, we have found our personal joys. His impact has thus been well beyond his cricketing heroics, and it shows in the emotional, near fanatical, support that he has enjoyed. Thanks a ton Dada for giving us the joys beyond cricket, that no Tendulkar, Jumbo, Dravid or VVS could bring. All the best...have a great life ahead.

  • POSTED BY ari2007 on | November 15, 2008, 7:38 GMT

    Brilliant Article..it shows why Sanga is rated as one of the most respected writers amongst the current crop of cricketers. My view: If Gavaskar gave Indian cricket its body, Kapil its heart, Sachin blood then Sourav gave it character ... all these things are something which just can't be removed from Human System till somebody dies. Hence till Indian cricket lives all these things shall be inseparable. As we say in Management there are different phases in the process of team management:.a leader is one who builds the team, identify roles and works out need for each role. That is where Sourav was exceptional, in team creation..making the next captains/selectors job easier as he now has to identify the best player in the country to fill that role...In my book the best captain world has seen in the last 15years post Arjuna has to be Saurav...there have to be reasons beyond cricket and the part of the world where we come from that RICKY/STEVE WAUGH have been rated better than SAURAV

  • POSTED BY N.JAYARAMAN on | November 15, 2008, 7:12 GMT

    An excellent and well deserved tribute to Dada by Sangakarra... I do agree that Dada as a captain overshadows his abilities as a batsman..

  • POSTED BY san_path on | November 15, 2008, 2:44 GMT

    Great article Sanga.I watch ganguly in 1996 lords test is all of stroke play(god of off side).We going to miss him to see the punches and taking spiners in to the stands.

  • POSTED BY insightfulcricketer on | November 15, 2008, 1:39 GMT

    Beautifully written article!Sanga has given a really balanced tribute .Expect a fellow Asian to do that.I am little surprised to not see some Paki fans acknowledging Ganguly.I especially remember Ganguly fondly ever since he played heroically in '97 Sahara Cup and '98 Bangladesh cup when India successfully chased down 300+ score. A first in ODS history at the time I believe. Sachin as great as he may be has never won a series against the arch rivals as unequivocally as Ganguly did. I think Ganguly was not given his due in the ODI scene and his Test performances especially in his twilight of his career has been nothing short of heroic. Dhoni giving captaincy to Ganguly and to see Ganguly make those field placements in the last few minutes of his titanic career brought tears for chapter is to end.As this is exactly what an everlasting image of Saurav an ardent Indian fan like I wanted.Saurav the first entrant in pinnacle of Indian captains forever - you are etched in stone!!!

  • POSTED BY surya_adi on | November 15, 2008, 0:30 GMT

    As a Indian, I always knew Dada was a great player. But I felt sometimes that my patriotism/nationalism/jingoism was giving me a less than objective view of him. Now a piece like this from an opposite number who is himself so well respected for his batting/cricketing knowledge, convinces me beyond any doubt that Dada was indeed great.

  • POSTED BY sanchapanzo on | November 14, 2008, 23:01 GMT

    "Sourav burst upon international cricket with two centuries in his first two Tests, and went on to carve a niche for himself as one of the best batsmen in the modern game"

    On the contrary, Sourav had a miserable international start. He went with the Indian team to Australia in 1991/92 and didn't do much there. It took a while for him to come back to the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY Azfar on | November 14, 2008, 20:52 GMT

    Another masterpiece by Sanga. Congratulations. He has captured the essence of Sourav Ganguly, the batsman, the player and the man in a short article, quite an achievement. I totally agree with him that Sourav is one of the all time greats of Indian cricket along with Gavaskar, Kapil, Tendulkar & Dravid simply because of his contribution as captain. The indian team had the tag of good losers and being 'tigers at home, lambs abroad'. Overseas wins were as rare as gold dust. There were constant talk of regional alliances, like Bombay vs Delhi etc. The indians frequently crumbled under pressure, and would sieze defeat from the jaws of victory. Sourav changed all that. The concept of Team India came under him. He gave Indian Cricket self-belief. The current crop of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Harbhajan,Dhoni, Irfan are all players he picked and backed to the hilt. Dada, you are gone but your legacy will live on and will grow as time passes.

  • POSTED BY SHEBIN7600 on | November 14, 2008, 20:31 GMT

    Sanga,This is a marvellous script u have put for Dada.Like ur 190 against Aus.But i still feel Saurav missed some cricial days of his career,due to that greg saga....But anyways he was a gr8 leader.a fantastic player and he had this special thing in him to SUPRISE PEOPLE....Ifeel u mught have watched his 100 against SA in Durban i think....On da day he pulled,hooked and did every thing against SA pace attack....That shows his grit,his confiodence himself..Person who have watched that innings will never say Saurav has problem in short pitch bowling......Any ways....thanks for writting this....

  • POSTED BY PrasenjitKB on | November 14, 2008, 19:01 GMT

    Thanks for that marvellous article, Sanga. I would say that you are the finest left-hander still playing, and your perfectly-pitched praise for Sourav therefore carries a special resonance.

  • POSTED BY Sri7 on | November 14, 2008, 18:03 GMT

    Wonderfully written; really nothing more or less can be said of Ganguly other than what is here in this article. Dada himself will be pleased when he reads this. And ofcourse Dada will read it - after all its written well and written by Sanga himself.

  • POSTED BY jokerbala on | November 14, 2008, 17:07 GMT

    yes Mr.sangakara, dada has a great square cut,but i think mike hussey's and your cover driving are much more pleasing to the eye.

  • POSTED BY harssud on | November 14, 2008, 16:57 GMT

    Dear Sanga, you being a lawyer plus top cricketer, these words are very written and respected. The two qualities that Saurav had that differenciated him among many was that of him being a fighter (tiger) as well as confidence in youth. Not many will forget that he can be singled out as the only indian captain to promote youth among so many senior talented cricketers vying for the team position. Being a captain, he saw people comment on his actions, his personal life, batting, fielding and not the least coach selection. He rose from all the downs and has the charisma of being a good leader. You have done a very good job with your words and I love your articles as they are sincere and truthful. I wish you all the best.

  • POSTED BY jimit01 on | November 14, 2008, 15:45 GMT

    Trust Sanga to come up with well written articles! He has always respected his opponents and with him being one of the contemporary greats, it is very refreshing to see. Dada's winning attitude has carried over in the current Indian team and it shows, with quite a few results going India's way. Thank you for your great contribution.

  • POSTED BY ani_rulz on | November 14, 2008, 14:26 GMT

    Simply wonderful!!! Sanga has covered 'The Royal Bengal Tiger' in entirety. Yes, Sourav - The Captain has done a world of good to Indian cricket than Sourav - The Player. True to his character, he proved his detractors wrong in his last series. Going by today's thrashing England received at India's hands (1st ODI,14 Nov 2008 Rajkot), one can safely say that Sourav's lagacy is in safe hands. KUDOS SANGA !!!

  • POSTED BY ForDada on | November 14, 2008, 12:59 GMT

    Wow Sanga! I admire Sourav so much and each and every word you mentioned here justifies it. I know Sachin is a great player, and while most of my friends usd to just follow Sachin I somehow found greatness in Sourav and respecetd his abilities more than Sachin's as I observed his contributions are in a wide range instead of just batting when the pitch permits. I feel like loosing something with the retirement of each one of these five legends. I sincerely hope VVS will continue playing for a decade more atleast. I also take this opportunity to wish Dada, my Hero, a very best of luck with everything he does in rest of his life. I do hope that he will continue to be in the public to inspire more and more people.

  • POSTED BY honeyb on | November 14, 2008, 12:09 GMT

    When Sanga hangs up his boots, I think he's already got a career set in media. His writing style is unparalelled among his equals not even taking into account that English is his second language. As a Sri Lankan, I agree with Sanga that although we hated Ganguly for his arrogance, we secretly admired him for the fighter he was. And yes, with Ganguly God 'was' on the offside - watching and applauding!

  • POSTED BY Tambapani on | November 14, 2008, 9:33 GMT

    I've read a couple of tributes from journalists but this is the first from a contemporary player.As a Sri Lankan I'm proud that we are able to respect each other. That is the best message from this beautiful article written by Sanga to Dada.

  • POSTED BY Vikas_Neha on | November 14, 2008, 9:02 GMT

    Thanks Sanga, thanks for the contribution through your writing. Indeed, each and every word of yours is a mark of respect to a legend India has produced. It looked from the very first day of his captainship, that he's on some mission and have a vision for that. He knew that he will mould his players in a shape which can only produce best results. He pumped confidence and self-belief in each of them no matter who the opposition was. He was a character, only some can have but everyone can envy. He was a spark himself and ignited the winning habit into the team. He was not only an inspiration but a university himself who guided the new talents and was there for each of them. Sachin may have changed the way the game was played, but it was Dada who changed the way world looked at Indian Cricket. His contribution to cricket is endless and his passion to cricket was priceless. We may see him play in IPL, but then, he'll still be missed in the dressing room as well as in the TV rooms for ever.

  • POSTED BY rvkamal on | November 14, 2008, 8:00 GMT

    A well written article about a great player and a captain Dada is an elegant player when it comes to spin. One cannot forget those caressing strokes on the off side and carting the bowlers for sixes. He is an inspiring captain who instilled self confidence in players that they can win matches.

  • POSTED BY Sidhanta-Patnaik on | November 14, 2008, 7:06 GMT

    Good one Sanga!!! You being a left hander of equal class can be the best person to describe Dada.

  • POSTED BY sunny_spanish on | November 14, 2008, 6:31 GMT

    I was pretty sad on hearing ganguly's retirement announcement. He was a champion cricketer and agreat leader.He transformed indian cricket this millenium.From an average team it went on to become a great team.I watched his debut innings and the last innings and really cherish the memories.

  • POSTED BY chuppandi on | November 14, 2008, 5:00 GMT

    the man of unquestionable integrity, commitment and passion that had made him to the lords hall of fame the ruthless display of him swaying his shirt again only goes to show his aggression and passion for the game

    He greatly inspires everyone with his flamboyance and the remarkable display he exhibited as a scrapper That makes everyone learn the lesson: No matter how harder you are hit, The harder u push, the harder u can hit back

    A true believer of hard work, determination and courage he is the infinite pond amidst the mirages The undisputed DADA of the cricketing world, The epochal prince of the modern day cricket

    one would only run out of adjectives for he is a finesse display of class and courage Whose prodigious life is an inspiration to everyone Sourav Ganguly - I bow to thee...

  • POSTED BY chuppandi on | November 14, 2008, 5:00 GMT

    For every fall he had, he bounced back and made his mark The harder he hit, he hit back If only the jokers had known they can't stop the shining sun with their bare hands For it only grows with time..

    He is simply a man out of time whose integrity has been tested more than a time have we honored him enough and gave him the respect he deserved ?? We cannot help but vacuously wondering why ??

    will time heal the wounds he suffered will the pain of the scars he bears ever abate Only time will tell what remains to be seen for we all know he is a fighter with a never ceasing attitude

    An emotive final that he ever played Awaits him amidst his protagonists and admirers the greatest gladiator of our times who resurrects himself every time out of nowhere

    Its very unfortunate for him to call it quits and ever retire a whole new conspiracy in its own attire as the curtains draws for a final time in nagpur Herez me wishing him. may a new life dawns on him altogether

  • POSTED BY VJ_MAVRICK on | November 14, 2008, 3:43 GMT

    Very well written article Sanga, if I may call you so. Its pure magic to see Dada when on song and of course he definitely instilled his confidence and made India a force to reckon with. When an equally classy southpaw pays such a fitting tribute, it shows the respect that Dada has all across the cricketing nations of course a few commonwealth countries think otherwise. We love you Dada and for all those memorable playing moments you had given us all.

  • POSTED BY amarta on | November 14, 2008, 3:01 GMT

    Superbly written and it fills the heart of every indian with immense pride when an opposing great gives such a great tribute to the Bengal Tiger..Thanks Sanga.

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  • POSTED BY amarta on | November 14, 2008, 3:01 GMT

    Superbly written and it fills the heart of every indian with immense pride when an opposing great gives such a great tribute to the Bengal Tiger..Thanks Sanga.

  • POSTED BY VJ_MAVRICK on | November 14, 2008, 3:43 GMT

    Very well written article Sanga, if I may call you so. Its pure magic to see Dada when on song and of course he definitely instilled his confidence and made India a force to reckon with. When an equally classy southpaw pays such a fitting tribute, it shows the respect that Dada has all across the cricketing nations of course a few commonwealth countries think otherwise. We love you Dada and for all those memorable playing moments you had given us all.

  • POSTED BY chuppandi on | November 14, 2008, 5:00 GMT

    For every fall he had, he bounced back and made his mark The harder he hit, he hit back If only the jokers had known they can't stop the shining sun with their bare hands For it only grows with time..

    He is simply a man out of time whose integrity has been tested more than a time have we honored him enough and gave him the respect he deserved ?? We cannot help but vacuously wondering why ??

    will time heal the wounds he suffered will the pain of the scars he bears ever abate Only time will tell what remains to be seen for we all know he is a fighter with a never ceasing attitude

    An emotive final that he ever played Awaits him amidst his protagonists and admirers the greatest gladiator of our times who resurrects himself every time out of nowhere

    Its very unfortunate for him to call it quits and ever retire a whole new conspiracy in its own attire as the curtains draws for a final time in nagpur Herez me wishing him. may a new life dawns on him altogether

  • POSTED BY chuppandi on | November 14, 2008, 5:00 GMT

    the man of unquestionable integrity, commitment and passion that had made him to the lords hall of fame the ruthless display of him swaying his shirt again only goes to show his aggression and passion for the game

    He greatly inspires everyone with his flamboyance and the remarkable display he exhibited as a scrapper That makes everyone learn the lesson: No matter how harder you are hit, The harder u push, the harder u can hit back

    A true believer of hard work, determination and courage he is the infinite pond amidst the mirages The undisputed DADA of the cricketing world, The epochal prince of the modern day cricket

    one would only run out of adjectives for he is a finesse display of class and courage Whose prodigious life is an inspiration to everyone Sourav Ganguly - I bow to thee...

  • POSTED BY sunny_spanish on | November 14, 2008, 6:31 GMT

    I was pretty sad on hearing ganguly's retirement announcement. He was a champion cricketer and agreat leader.He transformed indian cricket this millenium.From an average team it went on to become a great team.I watched his debut innings and the last innings and really cherish the memories.

  • POSTED BY Sidhanta-Patnaik on | November 14, 2008, 7:06 GMT

    Good one Sanga!!! You being a left hander of equal class can be the best person to describe Dada.

  • POSTED BY rvkamal on | November 14, 2008, 8:00 GMT

    A well written article about a great player and a captain Dada is an elegant player when it comes to spin. One cannot forget those caressing strokes on the off side and carting the bowlers for sixes. He is an inspiring captain who instilled self confidence in players that they can win matches.

  • POSTED BY Vikas_Neha on | November 14, 2008, 9:02 GMT

    Thanks Sanga, thanks for the contribution through your writing. Indeed, each and every word of yours is a mark of respect to a legend India has produced. It looked from the very first day of his captainship, that he's on some mission and have a vision for that. He knew that he will mould his players in a shape which can only produce best results. He pumped confidence and self-belief in each of them no matter who the opposition was. He was a character, only some can have but everyone can envy. He was a spark himself and ignited the winning habit into the team. He was not only an inspiration but a university himself who guided the new talents and was there for each of them. Sachin may have changed the way the game was played, but it was Dada who changed the way world looked at Indian Cricket. His contribution to cricket is endless and his passion to cricket was priceless. We may see him play in IPL, but then, he'll still be missed in the dressing room as well as in the TV rooms for ever.

  • POSTED BY Tambapani on | November 14, 2008, 9:33 GMT

    I've read a couple of tributes from journalists but this is the first from a contemporary player.As a Sri Lankan I'm proud that we are able to respect each other. That is the best message from this beautiful article written by Sanga to Dada.

  • POSTED BY honeyb on | November 14, 2008, 12:09 GMT

    When Sanga hangs up his boots, I think he's already got a career set in media. His writing style is unparalelled among his equals not even taking into account that English is his second language. As a Sri Lankan, I agree with Sanga that although we hated Ganguly for his arrogance, we secretly admired him for the fighter he was. And yes, with Ganguly God 'was' on the offside - watching and applauding!