November 21, 2009

Good on Dravid and Mahela, pity about the pitch

People come hoping to see a result, which is why flat pitches aren't doing Test cricket's cause any good
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The first Test ended in a draw, though Sri Lanka dominated the match.

The flatness of the pitch completely neutralised the spinners' efforts in the game. Looking at the way Muralitharan bowled on day five and the amount of turn he got from the pitch, I would not be wrong in saying that one more Test match could probably be played on this wicket. I was a little surprised by the flatness of the pitch on day five. Normally on Indian wickets the red soil provides a lot more bounce and turn to spinners. In an era where there is demand for the shorter versions of the game, administrators will need to look at surfaces and make sure they produce results, because those are what people come to watch, and they are very important for the survival of Test cricket.

Sri Lanka had their chances in the Test, and they did wonderfully well to reduce India to 30-odd for 4 on the first morning; but they allowed them to get to 400. I think Sri Lanka will rue that when they sit down to analyse the Test match.

Breaking the partnership between Dhoni and Dravid at that stage would have put Sri Lanka in a good position. Having said that, all credit should be given to Dhoni and Dravid - not only because they scored runs but for the manner in which they batted under pressure. They looked very positive and that put a lot of pressure on the Sri Lankan bowling as the wicket had dried out by then.

Dravid will be very satisfied with his knock. He is playing top-level cricket after a long time. He has had to bear the brunt of being left out of the one-day side, and he was not in the best of form for about two years before the Test match in Mohali against England last year. But once again he proved that class is permanent, and he will be a relieved man. The selectors must be given credit for rightly showing faith in him. His record as a Test and one-day player is outstanding.

There was a time in Aravinda de Silva's career when he did not look like getting out against India. Mahela Jayawardene probably reminded the Indians of that in this game

Sri Lanka's most important player of the year, Tillakaratne Dilshan, batted beautifully once again. He is a completely changed player now. He always had the talent but what he has done very cleverly is find a way that suits him most in scoring runs, and he has stuck to it. He has started to play the Sehwag way, where offence is the best way of defence, and there will be days when he will be criticised for playing a poor shot at an important stage. I think this is the best of him that we are seeing.

Mahela Jayawardene has continued to enhance his reputation as a Test batsman. He has probably been Sri Lanka's best Test batsman, along with Aravinda de Silva, and he still has some years before he finishes. He looks a calm and composed man on and off the field. There was a time in de Silva's career when he did not look like getting out against India. Mahela probably reminded the Indians of that in this game. In the first half of his career there were questions asked about his performance outside Sri Lanka, but having scored centuries away from home against all countries (except South Africa), he has proved to be a world-class batsman.

Although Sri Lanka had a massive lead of 360 runs, it required a Murali special for them to beat India at home. But I must say Murali looked pretty flat, which is what prompts me to say that they could have had one more Test match on this pitch. It did not spin much, even on the fifth day, and the Indians had to bat very poorly to lose the match - which they did not.

The teams go to Kanpur from here. Hopefully it will be a responsive pitch. Sri Lanka will definitely consider playing Mendis, as the wicket in Kanpur keeps low and he could be useful in those conditions.

Sourav Ganguly led India in 49 Tests between 2000 and 2005, winning 21

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • RamShankarS on November 23, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Hi dada, as one Mr. Pathiyal quoted, you have reminded me of my all-time favorite test batsmen, Aravinda de Silva alongside Sachin, Dravid, Steve Waugh, Lara, Ponting. Thanks a lot for that. He is one of those who not only against India, but against many other countries like Australia (their favorite Lankan batsman), was a prized wicket. His presence on the crease have always created problems for the opponents. A complete batsman in the late 80s and through the 90s, he has played many a gr8 contributions for Sri Lanka, not only at home but also away. (Though I cant forget the SIX you hit off him in the 1999 WC encounter. :) but i jus loved ur innings that day. You were such a treat to watch in ODIs than in Tests.)

    Nice to see you starting a column in CricInfo. Hope you write more based on your experience as a player and the most successful captain of the world's most loved nation. Hope to see more comments but we expect more assertive ones, not the bland and neutral ones like this

  • VIKITHEPRINCE on November 22, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    hi dada , i want more aggresive comment from u... pitch is really worst in india

  • OttawaRocks on November 22, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Dada's remarks are sanitized deliberately so. As a recently retired player his comments have been offered as a polite tip of the hat to those still playing the game while exemplifying even-handedness to both teams. I imagine his comments will get more incisive as he gradually gets comfortable in his new role within cricket - amongst the arm-chair quarterbacks and journalists.

  • Hassie on November 22, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    its nice to see saurav here...

  • Pathiyal on November 22, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Hi Saurav, you rightly said it. we wish to see more stuff from you. and thanks for remembering one of my most favorite batsmen of all time - Aravinda de Silva. he was in the same league as you were - in the league of match winners. he was 'unfairly ruthless' against India and when he retired i thought 'oh, the storm is over'. now i really miss the sight of those match winning innings. and the best part was that he made sure he was there till the last ball of the innings.

  • gzawilliam on November 22, 2009, 2:52 GMT

    Wow how insightful.. I for one am really sick of hearing people talk about this instead of thinking logicallly about the problem.

    The problem with Test cricket is attendence to games and tv audience numbers like they used to be.

    problems here.

    1. Cricket in general is in the worst period of its life with regards to pitches. Thanks to the idea of 20/20. It started with one day cricket and its persuit of the 400 score. Make them flat and get lots of runs. people want lots of runs eg 6's 4's.

    People aren't monkeys. we enjoy the game for all its variety. I for one like the tough day where the bowlers are on top. Its supposed to be a battle against bat and ball. not just set the field out and see if it batsmen make a mistake typing of bowling.

    People want to see entertainment. Not the stupid idea of old fuddy duddy administrator who think they know best about the game.

    also i think the no ball line should be guarded by the 3rd ump so they can give more atention overal

  • cricketmama on November 21, 2009, 22:29 GMT

    Great to see you on Cricinfo, Dada. And look forward to your articles. We love you.

  • sathish4 on November 21, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    Why are you paying Ganguly to write this? I could've told you all this for free.

  • katochnr on November 21, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    ah dada you are on cricinfo!! may you stay long and write much much more ...

  • esope on November 21, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    Dada nicely summerized ... we want insights please..... !

  • RamShankarS on November 23, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    Hi dada, as one Mr. Pathiyal quoted, you have reminded me of my all-time favorite test batsmen, Aravinda de Silva alongside Sachin, Dravid, Steve Waugh, Lara, Ponting. Thanks a lot for that. He is one of those who not only against India, but against many other countries like Australia (their favorite Lankan batsman), was a prized wicket. His presence on the crease have always created problems for the opponents. A complete batsman in the late 80s and through the 90s, he has played many a gr8 contributions for Sri Lanka, not only at home but also away. (Though I cant forget the SIX you hit off him in the 1999 WC encounter. :) but i jus loved ur innings that day. You were such a treat to watch in ODIs than in Tests.)

    Nice to see you starting a column in CricInfo. Hope you write more based on your experience as a player and the most successful captain of the world's most loved nation. Hope to see more comments but we expect more assertive ones, not the bland and neutral ones like this

  • VIKITHEPRINCE on November 22, 2009, 18:47 GMT

    hi dada , i want more aggresive comment from u... pitch is really worst in india

  • OttawaRocks on November 22, 2009, 15:18 GMT

    Dada's remarks are sanitized deliberately so. As a recently retired player his comments have been offered as a polite tip of the hat to those still playing the game while exemplifying even-handedness to both teams. I imagine his comments will get more incisive as he gradually gets comfortable in his new role within cricket - amongst the arm-chair quarterbacks and journalists.

  • Hassie on November 22, 2009, 7:01 GMT

    its nice to see saurav here...

  • Pathiyal on November 22, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Hi Saurav, you rightly said it. we wish to see more stuff from you. and thanks for remembering one of my most favorite batsmen of all time - Aravinda de Silva. he was in the same league as you were - in the league of match winners. he was 'unfairly ruthless' against India and when he retired i thought 'oh, the storm is over'. now i really miss the sight of those match winning innings. and the best part was that he made sure he was there till the last ball of the innings.

  • gzawilliam on November 22, 2009, 2:52 GMT

    Wow how insightful.. I for one am really sick of hearing people talk about this instead of thinking logicallly about the problem.

    The problem with Test cricket is attendence to games and tv audience numbers like they used to be.

    problems here.

    1. Cricket in general is in the worst period of its life with regards to pitches. Thanks to the idea of 20/20. It started with one day cricket and its persuit of the 400 score. Make them flat and get lots of runs. people want lots of runs eg 6's 4's.

    People aren't monkeys. we enjoy the game for all its variety. I for one like the tough day where the bowlers are on top. Its supposed to be a battle against bat and ball. not just set the field out and see if it batsmen make a mistake typing of bowling.

    People want to see entertainment. Not the stupid idea of old fuddy duddy administrator who think they know best about the game.

    also i think the no ball line should be guarded by the 3rd ump so they can give more atention overal

  • cricketmama on November 21, 2009, 22:29 GMT

    Great to see you on Cricinfo, Dada. And look forward to your articles. We love you.

  • sathish4 on November 21, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    Why are you paying Ganguly to write this? I could've told you all this for free.

  • katochnr on November 21, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    ah dada you are on cricinfo!! may you stay long and write much much more ...

  • esope on November 21, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    Dada nicely summerized ... we want insights please..... !

  • S_Sen on November 21, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    What a bland column. There's nothing here that isn't in the Cricinfo "bulletins" on the day's play. Anybody could have written it. I am glad to see Sourav Ganguly write a column, but I want to see his experience as an India player, his insight as a successful captain, his fearless attitude and his intimate knowledge of the players reflected in his writing. Otherwise what's the point?

  • Kamaleswaran on November 21, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    Wav, great to see Dada's column. For me Cricket lost its spice after DADA's retirement. Now I am going to visit Cricinfo website everyday hoping to read Sourav's column :)

  • sukitha_SL on November 21, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    Great stuff Sourav. Keep on writing. Your post shows a great sportsmanship..

  • kpisthebest on November 21, 2009, 15:17 GMT

    It is good to see Ganguly's views about cricket. The pitch looked like was very slow. Yes there was a bit of turn but the batsmen could survive by playing even on the back foot as the track was slow.

    I wasn't impressed by the captaincy of either Dhoni or Sanga though.

  • punditofcricket on November 21, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    While I agree with the opinion he expressed ,I wonder how ppl change after retirement ;). The same person walked out of a Test match in Nagpur seeing a green top.

  • Jarr30 on November 21, 2009, 14:56 GMT

    Great article by Ganguly..But I beg to differ from DADA's cpmments about Mahela Jayawardene as the best Sri Lankan batsmen when he has'nt proved his batting heroics outside sub-contenant specially Australia,England & SA. He has several centuries on dead wickets in Asia but what about bouncy wickets where his avreage is below 25...REALLY SAD...But I agree that this was a daea pitch and SL lost the advantage after having India realling at 34 for 4.

  • eyballfallenout on November 21, 2009, 14:38 GMT

    These wickets do nothing for test cricket, batsman should need to work for 100, south africa is the only place left with good wickets. We need bounce pace early movement late spin. if test cricket does die its the fault of icc pushing for flat wickets to make sure they get 5 day test for money.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on November 21, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    Hi Dada,

    How are you ?

    I appreciate your observations about pitch.

    It seems these are the days of stupid IPL and everybody think with IPL in their view. This is killing Indian Cricket. T20 is great so do ODI. Test Cricket is ultimate on sportive pitch. But IPL is stupid and meaningless. It is great to watch cricket between countries not between IPL teams.

    Bye Dada. Take Care!

  • CricketPissek on November 21, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    @reddevils2 - stop talking rubbish. anyone who saw Mahela's effort in Lords (2006) will just dismiss your comment. and it's spelt "seaming"

  • muizuzair on November 21, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    This photograph of Mahela congratulating Dravid shows that cricket is truly a Gentleman's Game.Great players are certainly birds of the same flock. No matter which country they come from they got true respect to each other. Lovely example of true sportsmanship.

  • Philip_Gnana on November 21, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    Sarauv has been spot on on his observations. What a dead pitch. If Murali cant then who can? It was a wonderful gesture warm at that too to see Mahel congratulate Dravid. There was a real respect between these two. It was so good to see. Saurav bringing back memories of Aravinda, shows the repect that the cricketers have for each other. Philip Gnana, New Malden Surrye

  • bhirusen on November 21, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    Great to see you commentate like you batted on the offside Dada. Like your maiden test innings you've not taken any risk but scripted a lovely innings, well composed, just what was expected by the game's billion fans. God knows in the days to come, we'll see more colour in those essays. Eagerly waiting for the duplication of a dream career in these columns. Imagine an article that is equivalent to your face-off with Steve Waugh or jubilation like Lords or disappointment like the WC finals. Or inspirational write-ups that breed and nurture characters like Yuvi, Bhajji and Shewag. Will eagerly follow the unfolding of exciting times in cricket writing. Bravo Cricinfo - you know what readers want!

  • manio on November 21, 2009, 12:04 GMT

    well said.Test matches shoudld played more to enjoy the real cricket.Sourav ,as you are a real captain you appriciated the talented players.

  • reddevils2 on November 21, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    dada has got most things right but i dont think that mahela is as good a batsman as his stats suggests.unlike Sachin,Ponting or Dravid he has rarely performed well on seeming tracks.most of his big knocks have come on placid tracks in the subcontinent against ordinary attacks.in my book he is nowhere close to the other great batsman of our era.

  • reddevils2 on November 21, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    dada has got most things right but i dont think that mahela is as good a batsman as his stats suggests.unlike Sachin,Ponting or Dravid he has rarely performed well on seeming tracks.most of his big knocks have come on placid tracks in the subcontinent against ordinary attacks.in my book he is nowhere close to the other great batsman of our era.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on November 21, 2009, 11:40 GMT

    hey Alexk400, what are u talking about?what do u know about mathews? he is a good batsman and u can see that in the next 2 matches.don't put damn comments.

  • KumarSenarathne on November 21, 2009, 11:32 GMT

    It is really nice to see how Sourav Appreciate the Sri Lankan effort in very professional manner which we won't see from the other past captains of India. Also it is well said that Mahela is the best test batsman along with the great Aravinda de Silva. i wish Sourav to all the best to his new career with Cricket.

  • route on November 21, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    I really feel good to read the dada review, flat pitch to be considered only in 20/20 matches

  • Rajesh4mdubai on November 21, 2009, 11:16 GMT

    Happy to see dada in this column. But am very sad to see Dada not in team. Am waiting for next IPL to seee your dramatic sixes. If any miracle occurs better get a seat in next world cup.

  • Rajit on November 21, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Pretty well Summarised... Gr8 stuff Dada!! but one question that I have is whether Harbhajan Singh really a lead spinner in the Indian team? He looked as long as Anil Kumble was there at the other end...but not now...he looks flat.

  • sunil2594 on November 21, 2009, 10:48 GMT

    DADA,,,,happy to see you in the form of article....what dada pointed out is absolutely right....pitch is so flat and not so helpful for bowlers....pitch was so condusive for batting

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2009, 10:44 GMT

    Not bad article. Even though i am not fan of ganguly. I think he said all the right things. Dilshen got sehwag disease. He can be be choked on the offstump line with incutter. Other than that dilshen is in zone. I like the way he plays now. He used get out very early by playing rash shot before. Now he goes all out postal anything with width. I like anyone who play like sehwag. People watch the game for entertainment even if opposition player go berserk. its fun.

    BCCI makes flat deck so indian batsman can inflate averages. In this series though all pitches will be flat simply because murali has patience and make batsman lose patience play wrong shot even little spin in the pitch.

    May be srilanka should play 3 spinners and drop mathews as he is neither good batsman or bowler.

    I think srilanka can win the next match if it has even small amount of spin. if pitch has life then there is two players who decide the match. Smaraweera and Sehwag.

  • Ani36 on November 21, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    Nice to See Dada..As a big fan of U Im waiting for next IPL..Rock on About Article:Yeah..Dravid played extremely well.21 wickets in five days!! God save test cricket

  • Mr.niceguy on November 21, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    You made a great point on this article. Yes this pitch is dead as a road. But did yuvraj, sehvag and dilshan use the pitch to their potential? All of them just threw away their wickets in the end. If they don't have the patient to play a long innings in test on that pitch what are the chances that they will play on a fast turning pitch ? likes like dravid and mahela showed what test cricket batting is all about. Talent alone don't makes a great batsmen in test cricket you got to have endurance, patience and the courage as well to play the long innings.

  • gorky_s on November 21, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Dada, good to see you in this new avatar. Best wishes. And you are again so right again, these pitches are killing test matches when it is in dire need of oxygen for survival, and the admins need to sit up and act, and not produce such pitches. Do something positive, only sweet-talking about how test cricket is so pure and heritage and so on is not going to help.

  • Ved_Kpl_77 on November 21, 2009, 7:57 GMT

    Great Article Dada!!!. and nice to see you back in a new avatar.

  • mpcobra on November 21, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    Hi Dada! gr8 to see you in cricket circuit again. I always like your post match analysis as a captain, this is no different either. Looks like you were perfect in pointing at Murali,Dravid and mahela. On there 27th centuries both Dravid and mahela played exceptionally well one under pressure and one for lead. The only problem was murali not getting any support from pitch. Ideally dhoni wanted to use this 5th day pitch for bhajji and mishra but couldn't work out that way. My only problem with this test is even though everyone is talking about 5th day and murali indian batsmens did not look as convincing as srilankan batsmen did. Still in all reports its as protrayed on paper strength of india. But in reality visitors were much more powerfull in each and every department. Including seam bowling resources. I cann't understand why media goes for post match analysis by saying over all india looks in great shape. I think we need to confess atleast that only team looked like winning is lanka

  • Pranav_Selva on November 21, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly, India's most successful captain. A person who made the Indian TEAM of his own and proved to the world cricket that Indians are not mere dogs and roaches, but troops and forces. Good to see you back in another form Sourav. As someone mentioned below, you will make a very good coach with your signature aggressieveness and leadership skills.

  • _Dev on November 21, 2009, 7:03 GMT

    Good column. But I feel it has been written by dada as if he's a Sri Lankan. He could praised Indians effort in the second innings of this match. As MSD rightly said after post match ceremony that the fight was against pressure, nerves and not against day five pitch or murli for that matter. Dada could have seen India's effort from that angle. I agree was a dead pitch, what India done badly is batting in first session on the first day. Apart from that there were nothing in there hands as pitch was not offering anything. If murli is struggling on the pitch, what can you expect from bajji and mishra. Infact I would say batting effort from Indians is better than of Srilankans. Bcz they had to cope up with the pressure of defeat, day 5 pitch, murli and the home crowd. Had India batted for one more day after there second innings, they could have scored more than what SL scored in there 1st innings. So hats off to Gauti, Sachin. Best luck for Kanpur where India can go in more confidently.

  • SuryaPrakashDama on November 21, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    Welcome back to International cricket saurav..I like the way match has been summarised but the article is flat (like the pitch:) ) considering the aggression of ganguly's thought process as captain . I would like saurav to analyse the player's performance in the context of both their nature (as you have seen them close) and their current career. I can see it in bits and pieces not an out and out regressive one..anyways long way to go dada!!

  • vatsap on November 21, 2009, 6:47 GMT

    Great article Sourav. Very balanced and easy. Keep writing!! Vatsa

  • dravidgood on November 21, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    its a good feeling to see sourav admiring rahul in a public forum....that is the takeaway for me from this article....they will always be remembered for their co-debut...so they better keep all the past in the kitbags and get on with stuff...good luck sourav...

  • Riderstorm on November 21, 2009, 6:25 GMT

    Some nice suggestions by @tfjones1978. I support the multi-tier relegation championship as it brings in necessary importance to all formats of the game while preserving the interest in each and every game. Also, the idea of playing warm up games against the highest ranked associate teams would be great as we get to see alot of other nation player while providing the associate nations with enough games to grow aganst the top ranked nations.

    And I dont think there is any such need of converting the format of tests into sessions as whatever the existing format is there is good enough. I dont know why but, most of people are keen on converting ODI and tests into some form of T20s one or the other. the T20s are for fun thats it. they are not gonna provide the pleasure or sustain the interest in the game which tests does.

  • Leggie on November 21, 2009, 6:02 GMT

    Agree Sourav that pitches need to be more sportive. But the question remains as to who will bell the cat! When even the likes of a person like "Kapil Dev" as the head of pitches committee could not change the fate of Indian pitches, who can??! The fact that BCCI does not care about Test cricket is very evident from the fact that this test match was played between Monday and Friday. Is a weekend not the best time for the spectators to come to stadium and watch matches live? Only a complete revamp of BCCI can bring about a change. Till then..., lets be content seeing thousands of runs being scored in Test matches

  • gourishankar2 on November 21, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    Wah DADA..gr8 2 c u here..u're d man who made TEAM INDIA..taught how 2 f8 wit the OZ..How 2 win matches abroad..Hats up 2 u..I'm dying 2 c ur fireworks dis IPL..

  • Dasher007 on November 21, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    Hello Sourav. Nice article, as always. It is very good to see your thoughts and views about cricket, as I'v been your die hard fan for many years. I do miss you on the field but I've liked to read and hear your thoughts about the game. So please do keep them coming. And best of luck for the IPL and all your future endeavors.

    Coming back to the game, it does really reflect a poor state of affairs if such kind of dead tracks are seen. The broadcasters probably don't want to lose a days play which leads to such pitches which are made sure to last five days, but these kind of pitches seems like it would be going till fortnight which would ultimately make the people to lose interest. As remarked, there is nothing wrong in the pitch being flat if it turns to assist the bowlers in the latter days. I hope we do get to see good sporting tracks in the upcoming matches and not another match with just half a dozen centrauries and a double ton.

  • cricpolitics on November 21, 2009, 4:51 GMT

    Flat pitch turns a test match into a meaningless competition. Six centruries and a double century inside five days seems like a joke. What is being accomplished in this match and many matches like this one? Nothing accomplished for cricket only individual achievements.

  • krysh on November 21, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    Nice article Sourav.In a way i feel that your columns more interesting than the other columnists as you have seen this bunch of players very closely for long period of time. I would like you to write an article on how you changed the dressing room atmos and brought a never say die attitude to the team. I also think that you would become a better coach, especially as you are a real fighter and who like challenges.

  • Nipun on November 21, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    It is always great to see the columns of superb players like Sourav,Mahela,& Kumar,presenting their views on cricket's various aspects.Very well-written article indeed.Hope to see you continue writing,Sourav.

  • tfjones1978 on November 21, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    20 & 50 overs should be batsmen wickets, Tests should be bowlers wickets with a pitch averaging 200-250 runs per innings. Tests should be sessions by session, not innings by innings. Have 4 sessions (25,25,20,20) per day (with last 2 at night) and teams alternate sessions until either team looses 20 wickets & other scores more runs. Also, bring in a multi-tier relegation championship covering all 3 forms of the game (points 60% tests, 30% ODI, 10% T20I). Bringing in these changes will create excitement in the game and give each international match (regardless of format) meaning. Each team can also play friendlies against other teams that arent included in the championship as warm up matches (instead of warm ups against domestic teams). Each tour should warm up against highest ranked Associate team, being Ireland, Kenya, PNG, Afgan & Canada. Its time for change, come on ICC, bring in a system that gives meaning, encouragement and better entertainment.

  • Suman_R on November 21, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    Hi Dada ....Good to see you back in some form of cricket. I felt something missing from Indian Cricket once you retired. I was confident that you had atleast couple more years cricket in you.

    Anywayzz that's past and I really want to see old DADA of "Sharjah" in 3rd IPL and want you to continue there for couple more seasons atleast.

    All the Best :)

  • VivaVizag on November 21, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    Welcome back Dada!! Well, you never left us. You will always remain in our hearts! Thanks for the fond memories!

    A die-hard Dada fan.

  • Ajatasatru on November 21, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    Great to see u here Dada.I like your attitude as much as your game because because your ideas and views reflect those of a common Indian fan.Your criticism is always positive when u write articles, thats great to see.You are responsible for whatever heights Team India is enjoying now.People should say Team India Sucsess as Pre-Dada era and Post Dada era.You have a great Insight and you will be a great cricket Administrator.Miss your batting a lot.Hope to see more from you.

  • V.GOMES on November 21, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    This is becoming a regular thing agains the Sri Lankan team. All teams are fpreparing dead pitched when Sri Lanka comes to town - Pakistan tour, now this Indian tour. There must be some ICC code to prevent this and maintains a minimum standard, before test cricket dies out. In the past counries used to prepare green and fast bowling wickets for SL tours, which was fair enough, now they don't even do that cause SL has good varity in pase. It's a shame countries are playing for the other teams weakness rather than playing for their teams strength. Shame on BCCI for continuing this negative trend. BCCI should grab some balls and prepare a lively track next time, thats if they have any balls to grab (don't mean cricket balls). No wonder test cricket is dying.

  • sanath007 on November 21, 2009, 3:39 GMT

    Pitches like this will KILL test cricket,these are made to give Sachin,Dravid make records.no spin,no seam,no bounce,no pace.wt's d point of having a pitch like this.so boring

  • rishu on November 21, 2009, 3:31 GMT

    This is a very good article & view presented by Saurav Ganguly. People have always liked & appreciated his comments bcoz it reflects a general consensus of cricket fans. I'm getting feel that he can be one of the best Coach (if he takes that) or any top level administrator job as he has a better insight in the Game (among the Cricketers who recently got retired) along with Steve Waugh. I'm pretty sure that he will be the best ever Coach.

    I request West Indies to approach to Saurav Ganguly & request him to be the Coach. I have no doubts that he will change the future of the Caribbean Cricket.

    Saurav please accept our request.

  • Winfried on November 21, 2009, 3:15 GMT

    Dada, I'm so glad you are writing here. I really admired your captaincy and hope that you will have a big role to play in Indian cricket -- perhaps as a coach. Dhoni is a good captain, but overworked captains can lose a spark, and I think that's what is happening here. I do think that Manjrekar's criticisms regarding non-aggressive captaincy in this last test were spot on.

    Again, it would be wonderful if you could somehow play a larger role in the game -- either as administrator, perhaps helping limit the number of one-days and T20 matches to avoid burnout, player representative, or coach. You have a sharp cricketing mind, a killer attitude and a burning desire to help India win. I think coaching would suit you best, but you know yourself better than I.

    All the best Dada! And thank you for the many years of service!

  • ferzil927 on November 21, 2009, 3:14 GMT

    wonderful article Sourav,enjoyed it. i have a question for you sourav"why did you retire soon?" really miss your batting. hope to see you in next IPL. do well. ferzil from SL.

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  • ferzil927 on November 21, 2009, 3:14 GMT

    wonderful article Sourav,enjoyed it. i have a question for you sourav"why did you retire soon?" really miss your batting. hope to see you in next IPL. do well. ferzil from SL.

  • Winfried on November 21, 2009, 3:15 GMT

    Dada, I'm so glad you are writing here. I really admired your captaincy and hope that you will have a big role to play in Indian cricket -- perhaps as a coach. Dhoni is a good captain, but overworked captains can lose a spark, and I think that's what is happening here. I do think that Manjrekar's criticisms regarding non-aggressive captaincy in this last test were spot on.

    Again, it would be wonderful if you could somehow play a larger role in the game -- either as administrator, perhaps helping limit the number of one-days and T20 matches to avoid burnout, player representative, or coach. You have a sharp cricketing mind, a killer attitude and a burning desire to help India win. I think coaching would suit you best, but you know yourself better than I.

    All the best Dada! And thank you for the many years of service!

  • rishu on November 21, 2009, 3:31 GMT

    This is a very good article & view presented by Saurav Ganguly. People have always liked & appreciated his comments bcoz it reflects a general consensus of cricket fans. I'm getting feel that he can be one of the best Coach (if he takes that) or any top level administrator job as he has a better insight in the Game (among the Cricketers who recently got retired) along with Steve Waugh. I'm pretty sure that he will be the best ever Coach.

    I request West Indies to approach to Saurav Ganguly & request him to be the Coach. I have no doubts that he will change the future of the Caribbean Cricket.

    Saurav please accept our request.

  • sanath007 on November 21, 2009, 3:39 GMT

    Pitches like this will KILL test cricket,these are made to give Sachin,Dravid make records.no spin,no seam,no bounce,no pace.wt's d point of having a pitch like this.so boring

  • V.GOMES on November 21, 2009, 4:03 GMT

    This is becoming a regular thing agains the Sri Lankan team. All teams are fpreparing dead pitched when Sri Lanka comes to town - Pakistan tour, now this Indian tour. There must be some ICC code to prevent this and maintains a minimum standard, before test cricket dies out. In the past counries used to prepare green and fast bowling wickets for SL tours, which was fair enough, now they don't even do that cause SL has good varity in pase. It's a shame countries are playing for the other teams weakness rather than playing for their teams strength. Shame on BCCI for continuing this negative trend. BCCI should grab some balls and prepare a lively track next time, thats if they have any balls to grab (don't mean cricket balls). No wonder test cricket is dying.

  • Ajatasatru on November 21, 2009, 4:11 GMT

    Great to see u here Dada.I like your attitude as much as your game because because your ideas and views reflect those of a common Indian fan.Your criticism is always positive when u write articles, thats great to see.You are responsible for whatever heights Team India is enjoying now.People should say Team India Sucsess as Pre-Dada era and Post Dada era.You have a great Insight and you will be a great cricket Administrator.Miss your batting a lot.Hope to see more from you.

  • VivaVizag on November 21, 2009, 4:14 GMT

    Welcome back Dada!! Well, you never left us. You will always remain in our hearts! Thanks for the fond memories!

    A die-hard Dada fan.

  • Suman_R on November 21, 2009, 4:27 GMT

    Hi Dada ....Good to see you back in some form of cricket. I felt something missing from Indian Cricket once you retired. I was confident that you had atleast couple more years cricket in you.

    Anywayzz that's past and I really want to see old DADA of "Sharjah" in 3rd IPL and want you to continue there for couple more seasons atleast.

    All the Best :)

  • tfjones1978 on November 21, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    20 & 50 overs should be batsmen wickets, Tests should be bowlers wickets with a pitch averaging 200-250 runs per innings. Tests should be sessions by session, not innings by innings. Have 4 sessions (25,25,20,20) per day (with last 2 at night) and teams alternate sessions until either team looses 20 wickets & other scores more runs. Also, bring in a multi-tier relegation championship covering all 3 forms of the game (points 60% tests, 30% ODI, 10% T20I). Bringing in these changes will create excitement in the game and give each international match (regardless of format) meaning. Each team can also play friendlies against other teams that arent included in the championship as warm up matches (instead of warm ups against domestic teams). Each tour should warm up against highest ranked Associate team, being Ireland, Kenya, PNG, Afgan & Canada. Its time for change, come on ICC, bring in a system that gives meaning, encouragement and better entertainment.

  • Nipun on November 21, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    It is always great to see the columns of superb players like Sourav,Mahela,& Kumar,presenting their views on cricket's various aspects.Very well-written article indeed.Hope to see you continue writing,Sourav.