Sourav Ganguly
India's most successful captain

Indian Premier League 2010

We threw it away against Bangalore

We need to emerge at the earliest from the shadows of the last game. Chennai Super Kings have lost the last match, as we have, and whichever team re-groups first will call the shots in this game

Sourav Ganguly

April 13, 2010

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Ashok Dinda celebrates the dismissal of Adam Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, 4th game, Cape Town, April 19, 2009
Ashok Dinda has bowled well up front © Getty Images
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There are still three rounds to go and, with Mumbai Indians having sailed through to the last four, three places are still up for grabs. I strongly believe it will go down to the wire and if we want to see ourselves up there we need to get on to a winning streak and be consistent in every aspect of the game.

First, we need to pick ourselves up and do the basics right after the heart-breaking experience in Bangalore. The situation was picture perfect till the tenth over. Had I won the toss I would have opted to bat, as the wicket seemed dry and was bound to slow down. So it was indeed a welcome situation when Anil Kumble won the toss and asked us to have a go.

We got to the 100-run mark as early as the 11th over, having lost one wicket. From such a position, any team would look forward to something in excess of 180 but we threw away the opportunity. In the Twenty20 format you definitely need to throw the bat around but judging the course of the game. The way our batsmen threw their bats around it seemed there was no tomorrow! One can talk and analyse the situation for you, but the implementation is the most important thing.

When it came to defending our runs we started well by removing the in-form Jacques Kallis and needed a few wickets up front to put pressure on the Bangalore batting. Ashok Dinda once again bowled beautifully with the new ball but we couldn't sustain the pressure at the other end. There is a saying in cricket that catches win matches, but we let a few slip and that didn't help our cause. In this format, once the asking rate goes past nine, which did happen at times, there will be balls flying in the air and that is when we need to hold our catches.

We need to emerge at the earliest from the shadows of the last game. Chennai Super Kings have lost the last match, as we have, and whichever team re-groups first will call the shots in this game.

Our starts while batting of late have been good and that has to be maintained. We need people who will put up their hands to be counted in the current scenario. Talent is necessary but what counts more is the will to deliver, the will to stand up and play for one's pride, especially when the chips are down. It is sport and not war but even in sport, too, you need to be alert every day. There will be bad days but it's how you wake up to them that will determine how far one will go.

The time has come for us to stand up as a unit, not just rely on few individuals to deliver. If that happens, we can still look forward to the last phase of the group league.

(Professional Management Group)

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

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Posted by rajryl on (April 15, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

dear dada i am big fan of u and kkr but uncertainly kkr in not doing well in all three sesion but i am happy that u are performing for team and perfromace of team is good than last sesion. what ever public say don't here them u are the best caption ever india had just u need to put batsman in middle order who can score run raterthan overseas player some indian player who can score run manoj tiwari sore some good innigs but he is not consistant in kkr team in middle order no player looks who can play big shot or fast sore accept methwes other player have player like rr have ojha in open in midddle pathan rcb have uthappa csk have in middle raina dhoni dc havin symond rohit sharma but in kkr its looks blank after top 3 u gayel and macullum no one look good. in batting order u should pic some domestirc player who can performe well in middle and at death time i hope u will win next two game my all best wish with u and kkr

Posted by anonymousfan on (April 15, 2010, 9:28 GMT)

Sourav the next two matches may well be your last T20 matches. So forget about winning or losing and prepare yourself to notch up two memorable performances so that you can at least have the satisfaction of trying 100%. Many of us started following cricket matches when India came out of the shadow of the match fixing scandal under your captaincy. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

Posted by lalitparimoo on (April 13, 2010, 17:25 GMT)

Dada, you are no doubt the most successful captain India has had, but what was your contribution as a captain. You have only thrived on good performances from Sachin, Veeru and Dravid and Yuvraj. I am pretty sure you know how poor your individual performance was when you were the captain. Irony of this game is the Captain gets credit for team's win even when his contribution is not much. And this IPL again has proved that you are not as good as your claims and you have been successful in taking the KKR team to the bottom eight. It will be interesting to see if Shahrukh puts your money on you again.

Posted by RAAJ101 on (April 13, 2010, 17:03 GMT)

I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS ARE NOT GIVING THEIR BEST IN THE IPL.

Posted by naths on (April 13, 2010, 15:27 GMT)

Dear Dada, please win some match and then write column. It is frustrating when I see your encouraging column, but no execution in field.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2010, 15:10 GMT)

dadais the only one who can win games for kkr.if ishant is there in the team,then no need to watch that match definitely kkr will loose that match.indian players in kkr are not playing well when compared to all other teams.there r not even trying to score above 10runs,bowling is somewhat good....plzzzzzzzzz dada dont take ishant in the playing 11

Posted by s0ldier on (April 13, 2010, 15:08 GMT)

Sourav - wonder how did you opt for Ishant in the game against RCB? He's the worst bowler in the world ODI's as well as T20's. Still your love for Ishant never dies which is baffling. Every batsman loves to play Ishant, carts him all around the park, he was going for not less than 10 runs an over in the IPL. I am glad that he wasn't selected in the Indian T20 squad. Ishant sucks big time. Next comes Ajanta Mendis - he's a over-hyped bowler with very few variations in his pocket which all the players around the world already studied. You have good individual players, unfortunately, they don't make a good team Sourav!

Posted by   on (April 13, 2010, 15:02 GMT)

Dada, what can you say about today's match. Have got it in your habit to give away matches like this. I think there is some problem between the team and management, if not then between captain and players.

KKR needs to be re-designed for the coming seasons now.

Posted by Mr.Dorababu on (April 13, 2010, 14:57 GMT)

Ganguly - Cricket God - He Is Only The Best Cricketer From 90s Till Now.

Posted by DALSANIA-XI on (April 13, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

I think more than anyone else it was Ganguly who was a liability in the field for KKR. I have been watching him since he used to play for India and he has never improved. It is as if he doesnt even care whether he improves or not. Who can forget the dropped catch of Kallis in the last match. It was as if dada was having a nap at mid off when the ball was hit. He has taken some good catches in this tournament but most of them have been hit at him rather than he creating the catches. So dada all in all look at yourself first before blaming the others. Pick yourself up first. Batting and captaining are not enough, you need to field too...

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