Indian Premier League 2010 April 13, 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
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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...

  • 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...

  • POSTED BY DadaAnanth on | April 13, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Dada. . . Watever d world says, u r d best captain on this earth. . . U hav proved tat many a times. . . A need now to prove it again. . . Hope u wil prove. . . V r behind u always. . . Luv u dada. . .

  • POSTED BY Kurapati on | April 13, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    I totally agree with some of the users posted their comments here, that selecting Ishant is like accepting the defeat for the match. What's wrong with you guyz, How could somebody select Ishant for an important match and especially with RCB. As long as KKR doesn't opt for somebodyelse in place of Ishant they will not get in to winning streak.

  • POSTED BY Tiptop32 on | April 13, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Ganguly my beloved player, your team don't deserve to win when you select Ishant Sharma in the playing XI. I don't know how come a player with your experience selected Ishant Sharma. Whoever is responsible for Ishant selection should take the blame for loss since that was the very first thing came to my mind when I saw playing XI. The team selection looked like you want to lose the match. Hope you will rectify the mistakes and select a good team which can win.

  • POSTED BY siddharthsays on | April 13, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    DADA!! the match against RCB should be a wake up call for you & your team..even you did no do much in that match either..your disappointment is justified but i fail to understand that after having captained India successfully & being a seasoned player what has been your role in selecting the team..How can you opt for Agarkar & Ishant when you know they are more of liabilities to your side with the kind of forms they are in..The ideal team should be gayle, ganguly, macullum, langaveldt,bond,murali karthik,tiwari,shukla,saha & pujara your bowling dept has to be good because chennai have got good hitters..try batting down the order against chennai so that u can blast the chennai spinners with some decent middle order support. hope u pull off things.cmon

  • POSTED BY prince_vithu90 on | April 13, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    UNLEASH BAZ ON THE HAPLESS CHENNAI OPENING BOWLERS, N U WIN THIS ONE!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 13, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Ok my Team for KKR WIN.

    1. Vignesh ( great in field restriction situation , not sure he can clear field after) 2. Mccullum ( he can score faster with field restrictions) 3. Gayle ( he can score any time) 4. Ganguly (hold the end with above run a ball and facing spinners) 5. Brad hodge 6. David Hussey 7. Indian BIG hitter ( may be Tiwari or shukla ) 8. Agarkar 9. Murali karthik 10. dinda 11. Iqbal abdulla

    Vignesh and mccullum must open to go on attack on first ball. first 6 overs strike rate must be 200 or closer to it.. 150 strike rate for openers is a waste of first 6 overs.

    Ganguly put his team first and let others do the scoring.

  • POSTED BY VeteranDada on | April 13, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Hi Dada.. I am a die hard fan of u.... Never mind whoever say whatever.. Do whatever u want.. and am from south most part of Tamil Nadu.. My all time fav is one and only Sourav the man.. The man of courage... The Man of Confidence.. The Man of aggressive.... And a best captain ever.....

    So i support KKR only because of u.. All the very best.. Take ur decision and do very well.. My wishes there for u always... Hats off to u.....

  • POSTED BY s.s.mohamed on | April 13, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    I think the problem with KKR for not performing well consistantly is bcoz none of the local players are performing well. Atleast now try choosing the best X1. almost all the teams have given chances to the ICL return players and everyone are doing good. why not giving the chance to Ganapathy Vinesh,one of the leading run scorer in ICL? he is also a good Allrounder. wake up KKR.... ChaK De KKR....Chak De.

  • POSTED BY arijitdasgupta on | April 13, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Dada Todays team according to me should be ganguly, gayle, mc cullam, tiwary, hussey, shukla, saha, kartick, iqbal abdullah, bond and dinda. need u, gayle and hussey to be involved in some bowling also. and pllzzzz! no more of agarkar and ishant and if possible, mathews! i understand he is a good player but in the present situation, we need hussey more ! After all, he is one of the best T20 players in the world.Also, u can consider sending out brendon and chris and dropping urself to 4 to deal murali with the old ball coz u r the best there. Might also consider sending down bond as a pinch hitter at 3.

  • POSTED BY Rajarshig on | April 13, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Hi Dada. Im sure KKR has the potential to win the tournament. As a fan of KKR, I plead to drop Ishant, Matthews, Mendis and Saha and replace them with Murali Karthik, Hussey, Shane Bond and Rohan / Abdulla respectively. Also plz open the KKR innings with Gayle and Mccullum, followed by you and Hussey. Anytime u r the best judge of the situation n turn KKR victorious. ALL THE BEST to u and the team...

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Hi surav, i am a big fan of ahzardin. After that i luv u a lot.. this is my 1st comment about cricket...Senior players should be unity.. Ganguly, Tendulkar,Dravid,Sehwag,laxman & kumbly. indian ppls never forget thease players as long long years. KKR missed a lots of change for this year. india pitch always help for spiners... pls take one gud spinner always into the team.. just plan properly with confidance and win the game.. all the best.. one my personal commands to cricker expect like Sunil,ravi,sivaramakrishan,harsha,and all... now a days jonior players nt give a respect to senior players.. it is really bad habit for our india.. Dhoni is gud player but play is only nt enoff for indian ppls.. Dhoni should give respect to senior ppls.. this is only example...Dhoni winning movement nt coming by ur induvial.. so dont get much headweight... give a gud respect to senior players... bye

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    i too much do agree with Sarah David

  • POSTED BY nitheshs11 on | April 13, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    i think former icl player vignesh is being wasted

  • POSTED BY wild_batter on | April 13, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Dada, as a KKR's n ur ardent devotee, I wish u to make a decision on Mathews playing a gamble by replacing him with Hussey. I still feel Agarkar wd be handy if u use him during the mid-way of the innings. My gut-feeling says to have a team like this ..

    Dada Gayle MacCullam Hussey Manoj Laxmi Wridhi Ajit Bond Karthick Dinda

    If needed as per the pitch, Gayle n Hussey could b used with their functional off-spin. And also there is Laxmi (very aggressive n a loyal all-rounder too). Please incorporate him to widen the balance of the squad. And I'm a bit astounded for not sending any pinch-hitter (like Agarkar / Saha) up the order giving the license to thrill. If clicks things wd be much easier and stress would be off for the prominent batters that we have. I really wish all the luck to The Knights n wd love to spot them making a turnaround. Go Knights' Go ………

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    Dada, you are in a great batting form and it would be nice to see you holding the innings till the 20th over. Other players can then play around you to build a huge total.

  • POSTED BY coolvis on | April 13, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    team line up gayle macullum dada tiwary mathews pujara vignesh kathik agarkar bond dinda

  • POSTED BY vijayfrnd on | April 13, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Hi Dada, I am a great admirer of ur batting. My naitive place is Hyderabad and my work place is in Chennai ...but I will suport only KKR and tht is only due to GANGULY........I only see KKR matches...Given this much history ...I am feeling very dissapointed to see KKR performance and Plz Plz Plz avoid Ishant Sharma in alleast the comming 2 matches ...I dont understand y he is not able to bowl even 1 Yorker in the entire match...Opt for Mendis to Bond ...Give Shukla a chance ...You and Gayle only open the innings but try to give optimum stike to Gayle and next go with Mathews and the Macullum in the last 7 or 8 overs as he is new to the 2010 competion ...he can start attacking from ball 1......Then Tiwary and Saha to finish...Looking forward for a Big Bigger Biggest century from u.........Please try to hit the Straigt six comming to the middle of the pitch....It has been a long time since I saw that from.........Today is ours and we are going to win...Cheers

  • POSTED BY sachin nair on | April 13, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Saurav,dont get me wrong!!! But how can you criticise others when you yourself dropped a catch?I know you are playing well now but its only recently that you have gained the momentum. In fact,in earlier matches, oppositions benifitted by not taking your wicket alone.That ensured slow run rate and pressure on coming batsmen.

  • POSTED BY mrsathish on | April 13, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Dada, pls give the powerplay chance to Brendon and Gayle, once will click in bat both player will score above 60runs in first 6overs. U must have to charge the team between 8 to 15 overs. last five automatically runs will be added.........bowling side u must have to bowl DADA

  • POSTED BY srinivasan.here on | April 13, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Hi Dada,

    Though I am living in Chennai. I am a die hard fan of yours. All the best

  • POSTED BY Asterix0013 on | April 13, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Dada, Let McCullum have a go at the bowling during the first six overs . If he clicks ,then the match is half won ! It'll be better if you can bat at No.3 .

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Dada, McCullum must open, and Bond must play! Please!

  • POSTED BY soumn on | April 13, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Dada, all your points accepted...but also please look into the fact that in most of the matches, you have faced 70 to 80% of the powerplay deliveries (which comes to around 24 to 30balls) scoring around 30 most of the times, do you think it helps the team? ..accepted kkr have done well mostly in the first 10 overs, but still we can always aim better

  • POSTED BY anbarasans on | April 13, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Hi sourav,Plz drop ishant & pick agarkar to his place.becaz agarkar can able to bat some times.Also y cant u use him as a pinch hitter before Mc Cullum at No.3 I think this point will be useful to our KKR.Mc Cullum can can straight away charge at any position.....But it is not the right time to test...u know wat to do. Anyway we have three important matches..All the best DADA.........

  • POSTED BY Arrik1433 on | April 13, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    DADA, the 1412th tiger alive in India, it is a nice article . you made the right call by saying we should stand up as a team, only team performance can get us to semi final rather that individual performance, again as many have said get brendon to open and you come 1 down, and plz get bond back in place of ishant and get murali karthik back if he's fit enuff to play. Put little faith in pujara, give him a chance up the order, i think he will do wonders, Rest i am a punjabi, but DIE hard KKR fan, if you had been in any other team, i would have supported you, BCUZ you are mine FAV player

  • POSTED BY alwyn78 on | April 13, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Dada ...I openly vouch that I am the biggest fan of urs. Though I am from Blore, I am supporting KKR first and then RCB just because of you. My humble request is that in the first 6 overs of power play please rotate strike so that Gayle goes blasting and you please anchor with risk free shots. Kindly drop Ajit and Ishanth .Worst case Ishanth ..he doesn't have the killer instinct and the will or a plan. Ajith though not a great bowler ,,can atleast score few runs and field also. May be Angelo Matthews can be used as a pinch hitter for one down .With your military medium phase you would be a good bet for Hayden,Dhoni and Murali coz these players are suspect towards slow bowling.Its my humble thoughts Dada.Today KKR will win..your pep and ruf talk would rekindle the spirits and ALL will come out firing. Cheers and god bless.

  • POSTED BY Rydham on | April 13, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Provide Exit to Ishant and Pujara permanently from IPL. Pujara is like Laxman - Perfect for test but not suited for T20 or he may take time to groom in this format. Now there is no time for grooming ... !! Agarkar should be scolded and forced to perform as per his abilities. He can win the matches with his yorkers then why he is not doing it from the first spell ?? Take VIGNESH into the squad in place of Pujara and give Saha a chance to bat at No. 3 as a pinch hitter. His strike rate in IPL is 140+ ... Matters a lot. Use McCullam in a finisher's role like Uthappa. He should be used when you are left with last 6 or 7 overs. Keep faith in Mathews and Mendis. These persons can perform better than others. Last thing - Your strike rate must be 130+ at any point of time. Best luck. We want to see Ganguly Vs Sachin in final of this IPL

  • POSTED BY bappabadmash on | April 13, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    The football halftime tactics will work.An immensey talented cricketer when not been able to identify himself,emotional attack should bring the killer instinct in him.Somebody need to talk to Ishant & Agarkar from Mid off or Mid on when they are bowling.It is just about pitching the right ball at right time.Fortune cannot be cruel everytime.Only thing,your face shouldnot look helpless in odd times during the field,it spreads among bolwers.Chennai batsmen are mostly of classic style and gives chance to bowlers only if ball has a movement.Stick to basics.Remember Saeed Anwar's 194. He just played straight in chennai.If variations are not working then bowling from round the wicket to Raina & hayden will effective and even for right handers. Best of luck.

  • POSTED BY pozx on | April 13, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    dada i dont understand why do we always see those silly runouts........ya i m talking to the runout of pujara, if agarkar would've talked with pujara before the ball that whatever happens u need to run then he wouldnt have been out......these small things do matter......just talk and tell everyone what u think or what u gonna do next i know it'll help a lot

    wishing u best of luck.......hope KKR wins

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Dear Dada, I am also a big fan of you. I think the problem relies on the team composition. The foreign players in the team are doing well and that is not the case of the local lads. You should remove Agarkar,Ishant and should bring Bond, Murali Kartik is enough and no need of Mendis. The ideal team would be [Sourav Ganguly,Gayle,MacCullum,Tiwary,Mathews,Saha,Pujara,Sukla,Kartik,Dinda,Bond]. And Dada you can do that for KKR!

  • POSTED BY jrm1186 on | April 13, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Bond and Karthik should've been picked up instead of sharma and mendis against RCB.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | April 13, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    "The entire world is watching, the selectors are watching... if they play like this, God help their careers". Sourav, is it your statment? Do you believe these words will raise the spirits in KKR? I dont think you need any guidance as to how a captain should speak. Anyways, good article! I support your team wholeheartedly. You have done brilliantly throughout the tournament, you have raised your standard (even in fielding!!!!!!!!) and have shown your team mates with your own performance. Please have confidence in them. Wishing success to you and your team mates.

  • POSTED BY Beers on | April 13, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    My Hometown is Hyderabad, but i support Kolkata..the only reason - Dada. I have been and am a Die Hard fan of Sourav. I always want the best for him. The best thing that can happen from now on is a Ganguly ton in the IPL 2010 Final:). Watch out for the huge free flowing sixes when he waltzes down the track.

  • POSTED BY TopDogg on | April 13, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Before 1 starts pointing the finger at others. 1 must look at his own performance ganguly. Your fielding has been 1 of the worst in the tournament. Excluding 1 game. but in international cricket you need to do it every game otherwise ur no better than some domestic or club cricketer. As far as selection is concerned. Ishant Sharma needs to be given a break from every format of cricket and should be sent to get some coaching. As one of the richest boards in the world surely BCCI can afford to hire one of the best coaches around the world for bowling. That young lad is struggling and will only get worse as critics hound him week in week out.

  • POSTED BY tahsin_zaman on | April 13, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    well he should think about using Masrafee Mortaza, he is a very good bowler. He can keep the runs down and take wickets as well. He is top class bowler. He is being paid 550K, so y not? He sat out way too many games for his calibre..in fact he hasnt even got a game. Just cuz he is from bangladesh, that doesnt mean he is terrible....

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 13, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    All i have to say VIGNESH VIGNESH VIGNESH...where is he? Hiding him for playoff?.

  • POSTED BY DUMBLEDORE on | April 13, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Dada, I see no point in retaining Ajit Agarkar, Angelo Matthews and Ishant Sharma, as they are going through an extremely lean phase at the moment. Also, youngsters like G.Vignesh are sitting in sidelines, while they could deliver the goods in the middle! please do reconsider your playing 11 for the 3 next matches

  • POSTED BY thatsgold on | April 13, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    I can't believe McCullum isn't opening! You will get the most out of him there for sure, making the most of the first 6 overs is very important.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | April 13, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Wicket of Mathews was the turning point, people have to play as a team. Good luck KKR, but nevertheless thanks for bringing many many memories back Dada, till this date I have hard time finding player around the globe who can hit as pleasing 6s as you can. Especially, toward word class spinners.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Rightly said dear Dada and a very nice article. You guys have the talent and potential to win the tournment. I am a bit guilty of not supporting your team while playing against RR as I bet on them to win this Year's trophy..:-)) Istill think on your day, you could beat any of the teams in IPL. All the best and best of luck for today's game. Ali your Afghan Friend from New Zealand

  • POSTED BY kewl_Intrepid on | April 12, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Dada, It was sad to see KKR losing. Definitely the start provided by you and gayle was breathtaking..One thing i am not sure is why you wanted to persist with Ishanth. Looks like he has no faith in himself. Another player whose body language said it all is Mr.Agarkar. I never felt the confidence to take wickets when agarkar bowl. Dinda is the bowler to look up to. Tiwary, Saha failing was upsetting. And just when Pujara started scoring, unnecessary runout by agarkar..After that it was a formality the game to end in RCB favour.. Nevertheless now i still feel KKR can do it. Good luck to you guys tomorrow.

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  • POSTED BY kewl_Intrepid on | April 12, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Dada, It was sad to see KKR losing. Definitely the start provided by you and gayle was breathtaking..One thing i am not sure is why you wanted to persist with Ishanth. Looks like he has no faith in himself. Another player whose body language said it all is Mr.Agarkar. I never felt the confidence to take wickets when agarkar bowl. Dinda is the bowler to look up to. Tiwary, Saha failing was upsetting. And just when Pujara started scoring, unnecessary runout by agarkar..After that it was a formality the game to end in RCB favour.. Nevertheless now i still feel KKR can do it. Good luck to you guys tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Rightly said dear Dada and a very nice article. You guys have the talent and potential to win the tournment. I am a bit guilty of not supporting your team while playing against RR as I bet on them to win this Year's trophy..:-)) Istill think on your day, you could beat any of the teams in IPL. All the best and best of luck for today's game. Ali your Afghan Friend from New Zealand

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | April 13, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Wicket of Mathews was the turning point, people have to play as a team. Good luck KKR, but nevertheless thanks for bringing many many memories back Dada, till this date I have hard time finding player around the globe who can hit as pleasing 6s as you can. Especially, toward word class spinners.

  • POSTED BY thatsgold on | April 13, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    I can't believe McCullum isn't opening! You will get the most out of him there for sure, making the most of the first 6 overs is very important.

  • POSTED BY DUMBLEDORE on | April 13, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    Dada, I see no point in retaining Ajit Agarkar, Angelo Matthews and Ishant Sharma, as they are going through an extremely lean phase at the moment. Also, youngsters like G.Vignesh are sitting in sidelines, while they could deliver the goods in the middle! please do reconsider your playing 11 for the 3 next matches

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 13, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    All i have to say VIGNESH VIGNESH VIGNESH...where is he? Hiding him for playoff?.

  • POSTED BY tahsin_zaman on | April 13, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    well he should think about using Masrafee Mortaza, he is a very good bowler. He can keep the runs down and take wickets as well. He is top class bowler. He is being paid 550K, so y not? He sat out way too many games for his calibre..in fact he hasnt even got a game. Just cuz he is from bangladesh, that doesnt mean he is terrible....

  • POSTED BY TopDogg on | April 13, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Before 1 starts pointing the finger at others. 1 must look at his own performance ganguly. Your fielding has been 1 of the worst in the tournament. Excluding 1 game. but in international cricket you need to do it every game otherwise ur no better than some domestic or club cricketer. As far as selection is concerned. Ishant Sharma needs to be given a break from every format of cricket and should be sent to get some coaching. As one of the richest boards in the world surely BCCI can afford to hire one of the best coaches around the world for bowling. That young lad is struggling and will only get worse as critics hound him week in week out.

  • POSTED BY Beers on | April 13, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    My Hometown is Hyderabad, but i support Kolkata..the only reason - Dada. I have been and am a Die Hard fan of Sourav. I always want the best for him. The best thing that can happen from now on is a Ganguly ton in the IPL 2010 Final:). Watch out for the huge free flowing sixes when he waltzes down the track.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | April 13, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    "The entire world is watching, the selectors are watching... if they play like this, God help their careers". Sourav, is it your statment? Do you believe these words will raise the spirits in KKR? I dont think you need any guidance as to how a captain should speak. Anyways, good article! I support your team wholeheartedly. You have done brilliantly throughout the tournament, you have raised your standard (even in fielding!!!!!!!!) and have shown your team mates with your own performance. Please have confidence in them. Wishing success to you and your team mates.