Indian Premier League 2010 April 18, 2010

Kings XI Punjab loss haunting us

If we are left with nothing, and our match against Mumbai Indians turns out to be a matter of statistical interest, we will still try to end on a happy note
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As I write this column, none of the two matches slated for Sunday has started. Both are crucial for Kolkata Knight Riders' existence in the tournament, but I have to keep the deadline set for my write-up.

We will strive to live up to our potential in our last match and would love to sign off in style. If we do get the opportunity to reach the last four of the tournament, we will indeed try to give it our best shot. If we are left with nothing, and our match against Mumbai Indians turns out to be a matter of statistical interest, we will still try to end on a happy note, giving our fans something to cheer about. I know the fans will be feeling the pinch, about been so near yet so far. We too are feeling it. In hindsight, the Kings XI Punjab match and a few others are haunting us. When one is left in a situation depending on others then the feeling is more hapless.

Against Rajasthan Royals, our bowlers got it right. It was a much improved display from what we dished out against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. The result was there for everyone to see as we restricted Rajasthan to a small total. The fielding and catching, except for a few hiccups here and there, was definitely of the highest order. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and my catch lifted the side and we could comeback strongly even after Rajasthan got off to a flier after winning the toss.

We did have the run-rate in mind when we went out to bat but were pushed back a bit by the loss of Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle in the same over. Cheteshwar Pujara seized the opportunity and played a magnificent knock. He did not let the pressure build at all. This is one guy, I believe, about whom we will hear a lot in the future. I have complete trust in his ability and feel sorry I have not been able to use him properly in the tournament, as we did not have the going smooth all the time. On a personal front the going with the bat has not been bad at all, considering I started to open only from the fifth match. A lot of people are also surprised by my fielding. I am not, because it is just the reflection of the hard work put in throughout the year. That's what makes it more frustrating. We were not so bad a team that we had to depend on others to know our fate. But there is still a silver lining, as our team slogan says, miles to go and promises to keep.

(Professional Management Group)

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

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  • Shuddhashil on April 20, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Good Lord..!!!!there are so many ppl here who think that the reason for all losses is Ganguly, his slow strike rate. Guys open your eyes to CRICKET, and nt CRITICISM..this is CRICINFO, not CRITIQINFO!!!You r blaming Ganguly for scoring 450 RUNS,slowly, and you want him to let those people bat,who havnt SCORED RUNS AT ALL!!!!!answer me this, did KKR lose to Punjab for strike rate,or to Bangalore for Ganguly..whiile he was batting KKR ws 110 in 11 overs!!! @vimalan : ur even r writing sentimental BS, about treating peers as equal,OH SPARE ME THE HORROR f treating Pujara,Tiwary,Mcullum and Gayle as Ganguly's equal..this aint an Astha Channel blog!!! You'r now blaming him for taking good catches!!!and some intelligent dude NAYEEM _KOHIR says DROP HIM,He IS A GOOD PLAYER, not a GREAT ONE!!!!HAHAHAH!!!! M sure you guys should be coach of MI, then yuo guys would drop Sachin probably, just to prove ur nt BIASED!!!Best of luck to your cricket watching careers!!

  • vimalan on April 19, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @mephisto dude, I was a big fan of Ganguly during his playing days but am fed up with this attitude towards his team mates in this IPL...they way he criticizes his own team in the media. That's not what a good leader is. In many matches, although he scored, his strike rate has been a major problem for the team. Agreed, he was supposed to steady the innings around the hitters but when his fans go gaga over his performance its important to understand what his real contributions are. And its certainly not the characteristic of a leader to praise himself in the media and hide behind silly reasons for the failure instead of accepting his own mistakes.

    PS : I certainly agree that Kallis does not deserve the orange cap because he was influential in RCB losing minimum 2-3 matches because of his slow batting. its not that you have to score 150+ in all matches, everything depends on the situation. But 110 - 120 is not great in T20.

  • Debanjon on April 19, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Too sad to see KKR out of the semis for the 3rd year running. At least it was a much better performance than last 2 IPLs. But question still remains as to the effectiveness of the Indian players. Barring Dada, Karthik and to some extent Tiwari, others were huge disappointments. As for the foreign players, still not sure why McCullum is picked over Hodge/Hussey. Next year hope KKR brings in some good Indian talent and takes a step forward. All the best!!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 19, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    @naina11. I assure you I can very much hold a bat properly, I may not be good enough or took training serious enough to be paid heaps of money to perform for fans in my country but I along with many others who rightly point out some short-comings in Ganguly's performances and the performances of his team, know more than enough about the game to tell that something is wrong with the KKR team, INCLUDING the captaincy. Ganguly WAS a fantastic captain and a good bat. That does not mean for even a second that evry1 should just assume that he still is! Different format, Different team, Different rules, Different performances. He is not playing cricket as regularly and his is aging, that obviously is taking a toll on his fluency. Never should any1 stand up and claim that doing better than your team-mates means doing well. It could mean your performance= avg and theirs below avg! He may still have what it takes but he needs to sort himself out 1st and then his team before KKR improve.

  • mephisto on April 19, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Ha ha, i can't get "enough" of this constant bickering/criticism that Ganguly has to face for even crappy reasons....i guess this so-called critiques will follow him to his grave :P ! @vimalan, dude, u criticize Ganguly's slow strike-rate...his job is playing a sheet-anchor around the likes of Gayle/McCullum....i still agree that 119-120 is a bit too slow, 125 would've been desirable...and would you as critical of Kallis knowing that his strike rate is also around 119 ? Next you start being unreasonable by criticizing Ganguly's catch... I mean if he doesn't go for it, people will criticize for his lethargy and slowness on the field, if he drops it, people will say he has butter-fingers, if he takes it, people will say there was no need for him to take that catch....you guys are truly something when it comes to critiquing, hats off to u people !

  • Alexk400 on April 19, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Yes Ganguly do not have enough energy to run between wickets. He is more of brain guy. He can do occassionaly run well if he wants it to protect him from critics.

    His fielding has improved comparatively. My main accusation is he did not use well first 6 overs to get 3 prople with >200% strike rate players play in top 3. That is the key for big score. Good start without losing wicket almost gets you to 190+ every time.

    Ganguly should bat no 4. He was afraid to play there because you have to take more risks to get 4s and 6s and also you need to run more between wickets to accumulate. He just want to save his energy and so in order to protect himself he opened.

    I believe Ganguly lack confidence as a batsman. He is a more of oppurtunistic batsman than talented batsman. He as a batsman as a burden on any team.

  • Ravishankara on April 19, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    KKR's management need to buy good bowlers for their side. Discard ruthlessly the dead woods, the overpaid under-performers etc., The Gayles, the Mccullums, the Sharmas. It is sad no one talks about consistent performers like Murali Kartiks. Is IPL is about cricket or glamour

  • on April 19, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Following the MI vs KKR game now. Best of luck today and next year Sourav da.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on April 19, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Drop Sourav Ganguly immediately from the team. Presence of Ganguly in the team is spoiling the KKRs party. Apart from a couple of mediocre knocks he did nothing significant. His lackluster performance during the initial stages of the tournment has costed KKR a semifinal spot. KKR will never move up the ladder as long as Gangualy is there in the team, a fact, realized earlier, the better. Remove Ganguly and see how the same team sans Ganguly do wonders for KKR. It is the immature and biased attitude of Indian fans that turns a mediocre cricketer into a great. SRK should get rid of Ganguly without worrying about the sentiments of handful of Ganguly fans if he wants his team to do well. Ganguly is neither a great batsman nor a great captain. He is just another good batsman and a good captain. Just for the record, Dravid despite being a great test batsman, does not serve any good to the cause of RCB team in the shortest format of the game. A useful T20 player instead would do better.

  • AFRIDI_NAZIR on April 19, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    hi every1..i'm not an indian but i do respect each n every1...as for da living legand DADA...i love him alot...althoug he batted a bit slow but so what he always manage to save KKR from losing....his previous match again RR...they were going to blast themselves into de semis but unfortunatly dey lost da big hitters Galye n Mcullum...after dat DADA played a remarkable innings n saave KKR frm losing....last but not the least,i'm really vry sad for KKRs hardwork dis year which cannot bring dem to semis...but still they show alot of improvment from last 2 ipls...i'm a huge fan of KKR n DADA...i'll surly miss DADA..i hope dat nxt ipl DADA n his team come bck with a huge fight n wish dem to win da cup.....Way to go KKR n DADA...a good captain..good luck frm a loving fan....no body can jude a captian better den his own team....people always talk bullshit becoz dey cant do what our legand does...

  • Shuddhashil on April 20, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Good Lord..!!!!there are so many ppl here who think that the reason for all losses is Ganguly, his slow strike rate. Guys open your eyes to CRICKET, and nt CRITICISM..this is CRICINFO, not CRITIQINFO!!!You r blaming Ganguly for scoring 450 RUNS,slowly, and you want him to let those people bat,who havnt SCORED RUNS AT ALL!!!!!answer me this, did KKR lose to Punjab for strike rate,or to Bangalore for Ganguly..whiile he was batting KKR ws 110 in 11 overs!!! @vimalan : ur even r writing sentimental BS, about treating peers as equal,OH SPARE ME THE HORROR f treating Pujara,Tiwary,Mcullum and Gayle as Ganguly's equal..this aint an Astha Channel blog!!! You'r now blaming him for taking good catches!!!and some intelligent dude NAYEEM _KOHIR says DROP HIM,He IS A GOOD PLAYER, not a GREAT ONE!!!!HAHAHAH!!!! M sure you guys should be coach of MI, then yuo guys would drop Sachin probably, just to prove ur nt BIASED!!!Best of luck to your cricket watching careers!!

  • vimalan on April 19, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @mephisto dude, I was a big fan of Ganguly during his playing days but am fed up with this attitude towards his team mates in this IPL...they way he criticizes his own team in the media. That's not what a good leader is. In many matches, although he scored, his strike rate has been a major problem for the team. Agreed, he was supposed to steady the innings around the hitters but when his fans go gaga over his performance its important to understand what his real contributions are. And its certainly not the characteristic of a leader to praise himself in the media and hide behind silly reasons for the failure instead of accepting his own mistakes.

    PS : I certainly agree that Kallis does not deserve the orange cap because he was influential in RCB losing minimum 2-3 matches because of his slow batting. its not that you have to score 150+ in all matches, everything depends on the situation. But 110 - 120 is not great in T20.

  • Debanjon on April 19, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Too sad to see KKR out of the semis for the 3rd year running. At least it was a much better performance than last 2 IPLs. But question still remains as to the effectiveness of the Indian players. Barring Dada, Karthik and to some extent Tiwari, others were huge disappointments. As for the foreign players, still not sure why McCullum is picked over Hodge/Hussey. Next year hope KKR brings in some good Indian talent and takes a step forward. All the best!!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 19, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    @naina11. I assure you I can very much hold a bat properly, I may not be good enough or took training serious enough to be paid heaps of money to perform for fans in my country but I along with many others who rightly point out some short-comings in Ganguly's performances and the performances of his team, know more than enough about the game to tell that something is wrong with the KKR team, INCLUDING the captaincy. Ganguly WAS a fantastic captain and a good bat. That does not mean for even a second that evry1 should just assume that he still is! Different format, Different team, Different rules, Different performances. He is not playing cricket as regularly and his is aging, that obviously is taking a toll on his fluency. Never should any1 stand up and claim that doing better than your team-mates means doing well. It could mean your performance= avg and theirs below avg! He may still have what it takes but he needs to sort himself out 1st and then his team before KKR improve.

  • mephisto on April 19, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Ha ha, i can't get "enough" of this constant bickering/criticism that Ganguly has to face for even crappy reasons....i guess this so-called critiques will follow him to his grave :P ! @vimalan, dude, u criticize Ganguly's slow strike-rate...his job is playing a sheet-anchor around the likes of Gayle/McCullum....i still agree that 119-120 is a bit too slow, 125 would've been desirable...and would you as critical of Kallis knowing that his strike rate is also around 119 ? Next you start being unreasonable by criticizing Ganguly's catch... I mean if he doesn't go for it, people will criticize for his lethargy and slowness on the field, if he drops it, people will say he has butter-fingers, if he takes it, people will say there was no need for him to take that catch....you guys are truly something when it comes to critiquing, hats off to u people !

  • Alexk400 on April 19, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Yes Ganguly do not have enough energy to run between wickets. He is more of brain guy. He can do occassionaly run well if he wants it to protect him from critics.

    His fielding has improved comparatively. My main accusation is he did not use well first 6 overs to get 3 prople with >200% strike rate players play in top 3. That is the key for big score. Good start without losing wicket almost gets you to 190+ every time.

    Ganguly should bat no 4. He was afraid to play there because you have to take more risks to get 4s and 6s and also you need to run more between wickets to accumulate. He just want to save his energy and so in order to protect himself he opened.

    I believe Ganguly lack confidence as a batsman. He is a more of oppurtunistic batsman than talented batsman. He as a batsman as a burden on any team.

  • Ravishankara on April 19, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    KKR's management need to buy good bowlers for their side. Discard ruthlessly the dead woods, the overpaid under-performers etc., The Gayles, the Mccullums, the Sharmas. It is sad no one talks about consistent performers like Murali Kartiks. Is IPL is about cricket or glamour

  • on April 19, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Following the MI vs KKR game now. Best of luck today and next year Sourav da.

  • Nayeem_Kohir on April 19, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    Drop Sourav Ganguly immediately from the team. Presence of Ganguly in the team is spoiling the KKRs party. Apart from a couple of mediocre knocks he did nothing significant. His lackluster performance during the initial stages of the tournment has costed KKR a semifinal spot. KKR will never move up the ladder as long as Gangualy is there in the team, a fact, realized earlier, the better. Remove Ganguly and see how the same team sans Ganguly do wonders for KKR. It is the immature and biased attitude of Indian fans that turns a mediocre cricketer into a great. SRK should get rid of Ganguly without worrying about the sentiments of handful of Ganguly fans if he wants his team to do well. Ganguly is neither a great batsman nor a great captain. He is just another good batsman and a good captain. Just for the record, Dravid despite being a great test batsman, does not serve any good to the cause of RCB team in the shortest format of the game. A useful T20 player instead would do better.

  • AFRIDI_NAZIR on April 19, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    hi every1..i'm not an indian but i do respect each n every1...as for da living legand DADA...i love him alot...althoug he batted a bit slow but so what he always manage to save KKR from losing....his previous match again RR...they were going to blast themselves into de semis but unfortunatly dey lost da big hitters Galye n Mcullum...after dat DADA played a remarkable innings n saave KKR frm losing....last but not the least,i'm really vry sad for KKRs hardwork dis year which cannot bring dem to semis...but still they show alot of improvment from last 2 ipls...i'm a huge fan of KKR n DADA...i'll surly miss DADA..i hope dat nxt ipl DADA n his team come bck with a huge fight n wish dem to win da cup.....Way to go KKR n DADA...a good captain..good luck frm a loving fan....no body can jude a captian better den his own team....people always talk bullshit becoz dey cant do what our legand does...

  • vimalan on April 19, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    It has become a habit for Ganguly to blame others and provide silly reasons to hide his failures. he hasn't scored score runs quickly enough, even the difficult catch that he took the other day was actually an easy one for the straight fielder instead he went for it and made it look like very difficult. Don't show off Mr. Ganguly and don't shout at your own players in media. Who will want to play under you if you burst your anger like this ? You were lucky to get cool customers like Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Kumble at your disposal when you captained India. otherwise India also would have suffered like this.

  • ssgopi on April 19, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    thank u for DADA fans, of course he is legend.. some fools are still use to comment against DADA, we can't say much more about them, that's the habit of them.. but DADA proved(many times) he is capable of any format of cricket, received 3 kamaal catches.. DADA is out from league but he reserved many hearts(who knows cricket well).. we don't want to prove DADA the best captain to few who dono even how to lift the bat.. so DADA the greaaaaaaaaaat...

  • SHARK810 on April 19, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Ganguly has not performed well for his team as a batsman or a captain... his strike rate has been too slow at the top of the order and it shows how selfish he is. He is a man who puts himself before his team and should not be part of IPL 2011. He should retire with his millions and never be heard from again.

  • vinitmanu on April 19, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    I am a fan of dada... But rather than just critizing his strike rate there is something more to look into! The reason behind most of the KKR's batting failure is running between the wickets... Because Ganguly can't convert 1s into 2s and 0s into 1s it brings added pressure on Batsmen on the other end to hit fours and sixes and in the process they get out! Sachin's running has been the key and that's why atleast you are keeping the scoreboard ticking! you can't win Twenty20s just on 4s and 6s...I doubt if anyone has argued this side of Ganguly!

  • shivaras on April 19, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    The Punjab loss did hurt as one would have expected KKR to defend 200 against the weakest opposition in IPL. The tournament is all but over for KKR and they will be playing to save face. Dada has been a tremendous captain for India and KKR, but the team did not seem to gel and play as a unit most of this tournament, except for a few games. I hope that Dada maintains his cool and does not erupt and blast at the team like he did at a crucial juncture of the tournament. It is hard to find any major flaws in a team that failed to make it to the semis in the first 3 versions of the IPL. I would only suggest Mr Shah Rukh and Dada to use their heads and money wisely in selecting the squad for IPL-4 next year. If KKR wants to harbor thoughts of making it to the Champion's league next year, they are better off not selecting "HIT-ME" bowlers like Ajit Agarkar and Ishant Sharma (still cannot believe he was bought for $950k). Good luck to KKR in the MI game. Hope to see a stronger Kolkata in IPL4

  • timus6778 on April 19, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    if only u had done half of what u r doin(fielding) in this IPL, u would have extended ur india career by atleast 2 years..:)

  • c.anoop on April 19, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I think KKR didn't invest in right players. They lacked good home players. If you see the teams who made to finals have good home players. For example MI have Sachin, Rayudu, S. Tiwary, Zaheer, Harbajan. Deccan have Rohit, Ojha. CSK have Dhoni, Raina, Badri, Vijay and RCB have Kumble, Uthappa, Pandey, Kohli, Dravid. All of these are match winners. KKR should invest in home players rather than spending money on players like Mortaza. One more thing, any day Brad Hodge is better than McCullum. They should have persisted with him. I think KKR is paying the price of McCullum's century which he hit in the first match of the first IPL.

  • laleeshaw on April 19, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    This is what happens when you were so good and fail for a period of time.if it wasn't for Dada where would kolkata be now?no Indian player performed well throughout the tournament .

  • on April 19, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Ganguly has surprised everybody this year with his fielding and batting. On a personal note he had problems with slow bouncers and short pitched balls. T20 is all about making runs, who cares if you look elegant or not ( eg. Dilshan). You put on a good show Ganguly. Hope you stay fit for next season.

  • on April 19, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Frankly speaking.. I never thought of you as a great captain .. you had great talent at your disposal when you were the captain and there were quite a few good wins I would credit you with but still I dont see anything that you have done out of the ordinary .. Infact I feel you have only let your talent and yourself down by not performing that you had to be taken out .. I still feel bad that a talent like yours is not in the current Indian Team ..

    Your hardwork in fielding and batting has been showing well in this IPL .. Only wish you had done this earlier to retain your place in the Indian team .. But as a captain I still think you have a long way to go .. humility .. a quality you seem to lack the most .. treating peers as equals and fellow cricketeers even if they are debutants.. Putting the team above everything else (and yourself) and encouraging others to do so as well .. these things can take you far .. I only hope its not too late .. All the best to your future!!!

  • BHARATLIFE on April 19, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    What about this strike rate? I mean let us look Sachin 136 I DONT THIS is MUCH... IN T 20. and imagine the local talent, he had excellent support from Dhawan, Rayudu, Surabh..And even Gayle might have had a better strike rate than Ganguly,but if you observe even Gayle started of slowly.And considering Ganguly was not opening until the fifth match,.those are pretty decent stats.And Tiwary and Mathews well have the talent but are unreliable, even Tiwary was slow in some matches... REMEMBER THAT KXIP Match... he should have had the score to 220. I CANNOT SEE.... WHAT "EXPLOSIVE TOP ORDER" THAT KKR HAS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT....That Dada,,,,, has put so much pressure,And see what happened in Bangalore once Ganguly Gayle got out .... that was the reason, that he plays slowly .SURE HE WAS NOT GREAT WITH HIS STRIKE RATE, BUT IMAGINE..Kallis he has (Uttapa , Taylor,KP, Dravid , CL White) , he is just 119.I WONDER WHY SOME COMMENTATORS ARE NOT NOTICING THIS....?????

  • Sriram_Krishnamurthy on April 19, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    @ Shuddhashil - Dude I am not at all denying that it is Dada who built this team. He had the clout to get the player that he wanted and he did not have any favoritism. Though a big fan of Sachin, the biggest complaint I have on him is he tried to get in a lot of Maharashtra players when he was the captain. To that extent I am a big fan of Dada, because he made sure that the people who deserved to play played. As u said, Dada has 17K runs, but I am sure u will agree that he was never a good test player and never really created any impact in tests. But he was a terrific ODI player and there is no denying that fact. If we speak very specific to this IPL, we should agree that Sachin has inspired his team much more than Saurav. The move to send Tiwary and Rayudu ahead of a Pollard and JPD stands testimony. U would generally expect this kind of inspired moves from Saurav than a Sachin.

  • on April 19, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I am with Dada over the loss of Punjab to CSK. Had Punjab won yesterday, points tally would have created an interesting scenario. Alas! that couldn't happen because of MSD and IKP. Nevertheless, players like Dada, Warnie, Vaas, Gilli ( to some extent ) have made this season of IPL a milestone for the youngsters. Lets hope for a better season for all these veterans to be the best.

  • on April 19, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Sourav was "supposed" to be a below average T20 player, yet he has managed nearly 1000 runs in the 3 seasons combined..certainly a better performance than what Yuvraj or Dravid have managed..his strike rate, what many have pointed out, is similar to Kallis and yet people go gaga about one and criticise the other..the KKR batting line-up was supposed to build the innings around Sourav, something which they failed miserably at..the 4 overseas players should've consisted of both Bond and Langeveldt(or Mendis), Mathews and just 1 of the batsmen depending on who was in form, not reputation! Vignesh could've definitely turned a few matches around with his explosive batting at the top..

    Coming back to Sourav, he was also known for being a below par fielder but we saw a huge improvement this year..granted, his captaincy was a let down at times, but how much is 1 man supposed to do alone? Look how far he has come from the start of the tourney where he was struggling to find his magical touch..

  • Ajatasatru on April 19, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Dada has done best in everything compared to others whether it may be captiancy,opening ,selecting players,directed India towards No 1 in both tests and ODI`s.Kapil,Azhar or Sachin as captians had good players in their teams but Dada is the person who brought Team work and ATTITUDE to team and built confidence of young players like viru,yuvi,bhajji,Zaheer by giving them enough chances and achieved what his previous captians never tried..Even sachin played his career best during 1997/98/99 only after Dada opened with him(1998 means almost 10 years after sachin`s debut).And people who are saying Dada is slow in this years IPL ,fisrt look whats his role in team.he has to bat through innings like kallis and sachin did.Sachin`s srike rate is in mid 120`s until rajasthan`s match.Only differance is others like uttappa,pandey,rayudu and tiwary supported kallis and sachin taking aggressors role.when this didt happen those teams lost.

  • cricster67 on April 19, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    I think Dada has done a decent job this IPL. Of all senior players, only Tendulkar has produced superlative performances. Dravid, Warne, Gilly, Hayden all have been failures. I think the key to Kol's troubles are McCullum, though. He seems to have pulled a Pakistani stunt. He is not captain this year and is a complete failure and I am not sure these are just coincidences. I think the wasted space of McCullum did the team in.

  • palimanku on April 19, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    only one change KKR need to do throw out selfish ganguly because every time he comes to bat he want to score run he don't care how fast, you can see he score almost run a ball and play 7-8 overs that adds to the pressure on other players and they got out this thing disturb the balance of the team moreover he can not rotate the strike in the power play he can only hit lesser known bowlers thats but he done all in his career i don't understand why people like him ?

  • ganeshraam on April 19, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    @naina11... Dude... Let me make it pretty clear to you when you speak about so many facts... KKR played cricket similar to what MI played... Just with a pinch of difference... MI had Sachin firing all the time when ever they won but there were others who silently contributed to their wonderful run... Zaheer, Malinga, Harbajan to name a few... And coming to Dada... He was pretty outstanding for a person who hasnt played any international cricket for a year and he will forever be the best player in KKR because there isnt a single match winning bowler in there... And on the other hand, when you speak about Dhoni just understand the fact that Chennai was a crippled side this season with major all rounders missing the tournament yet they made to every semi final in all the editions shows how well they understand where their real strength lies... Batting... And Dhoni did rock in the last match. Not everyone can score in all the matches but what matters is peaking at the right time!!!

  • PGW81 on April 19, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    I am not going to comment on what Dada has done and what his shortcomings are... I would like to see a massive KKR win today against Mumbai and would suggest the following changes: Open with Mc Cullum and Gayle. Get Hodge at no 3 followed by Pujara and then ganguly. Open the bowling with Murali Kathik. Get Shane Bond to use the old ball and get Dinda to share the new ball with Kathik. POnting could have been useful for the KKR this year. But... My team: Gayle, Mc Cullum (wk), Hodge, Pujara, Ganguly (c),LR shukla, Bond,Dinda,Murali Karhik,Saha,M Tiwary. With nothing to lose, KKR must play themselves to the full and the results will be out for everyone to see... if Dada goes the same was a Yuvi in this IPL, then GOD SAVE THE KKR. Hoping for a massive KKR win over the MI...Cheers KKR.......

  • AnandN on April 19, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Dada was a great batsman. He gave young indian players opportunity. He gave many victories to india. I still remember the spirit/attitude you showed when India won against England by rotatating your T shirt. Now i see the attitude but in your own intrest. In after match comments you say I have been scoring good runs. You try to prove your worth to sharuk khan by showing your T shirt after making 50 runs or hitting six, than try motivating the team to win matches. And you forecast that you are the only person to score runs in IPL 3.0 for KKR

  • SS537 on April 19, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    I admire Saurav a lot for building a great team right from the scratch. However, for those of you who think the reason for the Indian team to reach the 2003 WC was his leadership, let me tell you that you all got it seriously wrong. It was that man SRT who did it and perhaps the bowlers to a certain extent. Saurav got centuries against Kenya and Namibia thats all. As for Dravid, he is the most selfless cricketer the nation has ever seen. He batted in all positions Saurav asked him to, kept wickets, saved innumerable matches on green tracks and won a few too. All this to be booed by an unrurl and barbaric Kolkata crowd when Indian was playing South Africa in an ODI at the Eden Gardens. Its high time these fools started thinking that they are Indians first (a point made by the great SRT) and then think of their regionalism. Kolkata crowd is the most barbaric in the history of cricket (Even Md. Azharruddin was booed for not picking little Utpal Chatterjee in his team)

  • Kosthabidda on April 19, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    DADA you rock, your contribution to India n in d ipl front to kkr is remarkable.

    I'm not at all worrying being a staunch supporter of urs n srk for kkr not making to semis, but i 'm so excited to see u dada leading from d front in every match and the way this young man is fielding!

    In the match against csk ur dismissal is debatable! Otherwise that game might be dfferent!

    U've given us something to cheer frm d last match against rr,i hope the same momentum continues with another gr8 sachin's team and hope v finish it on a happy note.

    U laid d foundation to beat any team in this world with ur vision n attitude, aggressiveness, ur the best dada, love u forever.

    I wanna see u in IPL-4 playing 4 KKR n that time v wont miss it!

    Love u dada n srk.

    Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re....

  • on April 19, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    ia ser any chance for Kolkotha to go semis ..??

  • naina11 on April 19, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    Feel sorry for Dada seeing comments from people who cannt even hold bat properly..Can anyone name a player who played to their potential in KKR apart from DADA. You cannot ask dada to win all matches. Infact it was the same case for MI where they won matches only becoz of Sachin the great and later some local players started supporting him but if you see MI they won only becoz of Sachin and lost matches when sachin failed.

    No doubt Dada is one the cricketing legends india have, all do mistakes some time as we all are human beings. Dhoni is being priased as best captain of india but we lost last t20 world cup becoz of his captaincy and incorrect decisions and he promoted himself to no1 in CSK to prove himself and failed... none of the teams except MI were confident of reaching semis till yesterday.. of they were good captains then why was the need of all these stats.. Deccan Supporter and DADA's FAn :-)

  • greekgod91 on April 19, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    i dont think the opening combination was an issue at all.macullum has just recently joined the team and ganguly had no other option but to open along with gayle......and who the hell are we to question ganguly's tactics....... the guys a legend wen it come to the shorter version of the game (ODI)and those of u blundering idiots talking about dravid being in great form wen ganguly was captain should remember that ganguly was the captain who took india to the 2003 world cup finals......... so it would just be idiotic to judge his captaincy based on the knight riders performance.and id also like to add that hes one of the best openers the world has ever seen.....his stats prove that.And hes among the top 3 rungetters in this years ipl..so theres just no point baying for ganguly's blood ganguly haters

  • eZoha on April 19, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Many people are saying that Ganguly didn't push the run rate in their last match against RR. I guess you don't follow cricket regularly. Of course increasing run rate was their plan A when they started the chase. But after two quick wickets, you cannot stick to that plan and lose the match in Warne's hand at a slow pitch. At that time they switched to plan B, which is push at the end of the chase. Bangalore and DD had similar situations in their last matches against RR and CSK. You are praising Gambhir for saving the match chasing 112 and blaming Ganguly for his 50 ball 75 chasing 132. That is not fair! If you have to blame somebody, blame Gayle and McCullum for soft dismissal.

  • eZoha on April 19, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    @Sriram_Krishnamurthy - A few points. Ganguly was not captain in the second edition of the IPL when they ended last. Secondly Players who have played under a captain are the best people to judge his captaincy, not you, me or some biased foreign commentators. Ask Srinath, Zaheer, Shewag, Bhajji, Irfan, Nehra, Yuvi and like who they think is the best captain. I think Dravid himself will certify Ganguly as they best one he has played under.

  • davedave on April 19, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    I don't agree with Sriram Krishnamoorthy. Why to compare him with other captains in the world. We can match him with other Indian captains mate then you would know who is best. I agree in the last 2 Ipl tournaments Knight riders were crap but the blame has to go to McCallum who captained last time as well the so called management and the crap coach they had last year. This time they should have made it to the semi but if you can see Only Ganguly played almost most of the matches whenever they won this time and he is one of the best top scorer out of the 5 players for this year. Bangalore and Chennai were the strong contenters prior to the tournment then what happened they were almost out of the tournament a few days ago. Look at the point table my friend before vomit about others.

  • Ennigmaa on April 19, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Thatha meaning grand old man in Tamil. Thats what you are. You were a champ, no doubt. I was a big fan myself of your attitude. Now the attitude is there, but not for the team but to protect your own interest. In cricket for many a players they say the stats don't say what a great performer he was. In IPL 2010 its the opposite for you. Reasonable average and 110+ run rate just 2 less than Kallis I guess, but in the context of the games where you scored, barring a few KKR lost because of you. You put undue pressure on others, you prevented others from exploding in top order and selfish to the core. It might leave a lump in your throat cos it does in mine. I only hope you gracefully step down and focus on grooming cricketers from an administrative front. You have it in you to shine in that front.

  • rajryl on April 19, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    dear dada first thanx for giving us fantastic wins against rajsthan royels and thanx for ur fantastic performance i wish u will also win last match against mumbai indian due to last of delhi dare devils it alsmost impossible to enter in semis but we are happy for much better performance for kkr we wish you will finsh happy ending of ipl3 for kkr we wish u will win game for ur fans ur contribution in ipl and in idnian team is remarkable we will always miss u when ever india play pepole are balming u that u are slow againt rr when nrr are most imp to increase but i appreciat that decision that not loose wkt at that time for nrr when 2 alredy down early win is more imp for kkr than nrr because after loose a win is more important for keep moral up of team u always try to give ur best for kkr as well as india i wish that u will finish ipl3 with win and wishs my and all fan's of kkr is with u u will win game best of luck we will miss u till next ipl tc

  • Al_Pinto on April 19, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Well, this year is done, but it's not too early to plan for next year. Dada played very well, he should come back as KKR captain next year. Hodge should leave, as should Mendis, Ishant, Agarkar, Langevelt, Owais, and others who haven't contributed. I wouldn't shut the door on Gayle, McCullum or Bond yet, on their day, they can be destructive. The problem of course is that we haven't seen those days yet. KKR needs to find and utilize domestic talent. I can't see why Vignesh was not given a single game, why Shukla and Dinda were underutilized. Kartik was injured, but Gayle could have bowled more on slow pitches. Some of Dada's strategies were also questionable, like why not open with Gayle and Mccullum to take advantage of field restrictions in first 6 overs, why delay Angelo when the asking rate is climbing, why not open with a slow bowler when the time was right, etc. I hope next year will be better.

  • Shuddhashil on April 19, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    There is diference between dravin and saurav fans...the former only think dravind is god, and mayb sachin...the rest was coz of the two of them,where as the latter salute ganguly, bt dont forget wat dravid has done,irrespective of his SPITEFUL captncy techniques, and "please ur boss" attitude with Mr. Chappal.... @Sriram -- you talk of the purple patch, but you forget that Dada has more than 17K runs to his own credit!!he is the one who picked NO ONEs like saehwag,bhajji,yuvraj..he is the one who turned the face of indian cricket and thats y u expect india to win agnst australia today!!HE DID NOT GET A READYMADE TEAM like Dhoni...

  • TiwariIndia on April 19, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Those who think Dada was too slow in the match against RR,let me just remind you all that he insured that KKR wfirst ins and then the NRR. What a non-sense that Gayle/BM didn't score anything but still people run after Dada and try to criticize him. Knowing his shaky middle order quite well, Dada did his best! I know KKR will not make into semis, but full marks to Dada. The only disappoint was the selection of Agarkar and Ishant in the team, rest all was good! Hope for a better show next year and I am sure Dada will retain his place and captaincy for KKR for next 3 more years! Best Captain of India, 10,000+ in ODIs, 8000+ in Test matches and among the best three in T20, what else do you crazy guys expect from Dada????

  • ashamilton on April 19, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    first of all i have to salute ganguly's brilliant performance with his batting n excellent catches. i have to say none of the foriegn players had played as per their potentials except angelo mathews in fewer matches. they didnt play as a team. cud b inside team politics i hope. i have question over ishanth's bowling... except m.tiwary n dinda's gud perfomance in fewer matches, no one had played... specially big failure of gayle n mcculum..

    even though i m from blore and i m not fan of ganguly, i have to salute ganguly's batting n catching.... (after observing that he is not a gud fielder at all in his playing days)

  • Sriram_Krishnamurthy on April 19, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    @Shuddhashil - I don't think dpatelia or kingkarthik are wrong. The reason for Ganguly's success as captain was due to the existence of one person named Rahul Dravid who had a purple patch at that time. The biggest credit I would give to Dada as an Indian captain was breaking the quota system that existed in India. He made sure that best players should play in the side. And even today Viru, yuvi and Bhajji should thank Dada for their presence in the Indian side. Otherwise, as a strategist he was nowhere close to the best captains in the world. How else can one justify his captaincy skills when his is the only team out of the 8 teams to have never qualified for semis in the 3 editions of IPL. But people who support Dada blindly are going to say he is still the best, he rocks etc and he needs to be given another chance. I don't think he deserves another chance as a captain.

  • sankris on April 19, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    @Mir Arman Faruk: Nope. I'm not even close to being a Bengali. I'm a CSK supporter. So no need to mention where I'm from. Let's just say, I'm interested in statistical possibilities that are impossible in reality... But so was the CSK win today... But CSK did win at the end... :)

  • Kazzamers on April 19, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Dada,was huge fan of yours.But I am sorry,U sold a dummy for most of this season. Undeniably, u played a winning knock when u sored 80+,but most other occasions,u were creating so many DOT BOLLS.Playing Ishant is terrible.In the match against RR,yes extreme pressure with loss of McCullum and Gayle, but pray why u did not allow ANGELO MATHEWS/TIWARY OPENED? For most parts, U were involved in promoting urself;even that catch , Pujara cud have taken running straight in; I feel so bad criticizing U; Its IPL riches which are making players like u, play for urself;Please do not dismiss me as arm chair critic, i have followed ur cricket from the time u debuted in aus at 17; KKR has disappointed soo many SRK fans :(

  • aakasharun on April 19, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Hey man Ganguly,

    Your cricketing weakness aside, you are an inarguably great guy. Hell, who's perfect anyway? If one just ignores all this negative cacaphony about you and puts your history in perspective, it should be blindingly obvious that you were instrumental in changing the docile/timid face of Indian cricket into a competitive mould. Keep the spirit going man. You have fans far beyond the borders of the tiger state !

  • Sampdoria on April 19, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    KKR need a purge in their ranks. IT has nothing to do with the coach or the owner. It has got to do with the present bunch of players and their priorities. Some seem to be there for the money, some are totally out of form and some are riding on past glories outside the IPL.

    Hope to see a new KKR setup next season including a new captain.

  • vinodnevgi on April 19, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Feeling sorry over spilt milk has never helped before neither will do so in future…Sourav had dug him self along with the team deep in the grave, knowing that run rate was the key in the last three games every one wondered with Gayle & McCullum why should he open .. Scoring a 40 ball 50 during the field restrictions with players like Gayle & McCullum in the line up who are the current blockbuster openers specially for this format is harder then imaginations..

  • raulraj on April 19, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    i think kkr should open with dadda and MaCacllum(wk).....1. Manoj tiwary/hodge.....2. pujara 3. sukla/ owis saha 4. gayle 5. methews 6. Dinda 7. karthik 8.agarkar/ishant 9. Bond

    Depending upon the avilable international players combination should be 6 bowlers including allrounders atleast 3 bowlers(ishant/bond/karthik) and battind(gayle/methews) and bowling(dinda/agarkar) allrounder 1 each. tiwary,dadda,Macacullum and pujara should be always in the team owis saha/hodge should take 2 and 3rd order.

    This way KKR will win more matches.

  • Shuddhashil on April 19, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Firstly Mr Dpatelia..and Mr.KingKarthik, if you think taht proffesionals like Bond,Mathews,Husey,Gayle need to be'motivated' inspite of being paid millions f $, then u need to get you cricket brain at the right place!!mcullum has alws been an irresponsible batsman, and Bond is just a big name who cant bowl 3 balls at one place..you cant blame Ganguly for them..however, Saurav if youre reading this, I ama huge fan,n have no doubts on ur abilities as player or captain, but i stil catn justify ishant n agarkar's selection,bond's purchase and karthik's fielding!!!after the show agnst punjab n bangalore, KKR dont deserve a place in semis..but they should draw inspiration from Chennai(though i dislike them) and Deccan who needed to win 5 in a row..AND DID SO!!!!and befor my coment becomes bigger than the column itself, i pray for a better and ShahRukh less next year!!!

  • on April 19, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Doesn't surprise me with what Dada is saying.. He will again find reasons to hide.Common Dada,you was a leader and there is no point in hiding again.Say that KKR lost the plot.How come U have been opening when Gayle and McCallum were there.Why there was no All out attack against RR?Even if you lose the intend to win to increase the NRR would have been there.U were just playing for another 50.I cud see how much Whatmore and Wasim were upset that you were not going for all out ATTACK.I guess this should be the last season for U are KKR.Don't embarass more.You were not looking for doubles anytime.I guess the fisty Ganguly has hidden somewhere who wanted and knew to win keeping NRR in mind.Rem'ber how many matches U have won for India when its must win and also needed to increase the NRR.U were just not interested in that against RR.Surprising..

  • jrm1186 on April 19, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Inspite of being a true fan of Dada, I too admit that his captaincy has been the worst in this IPL and I think KKR is in this position because of his poor team selection skills throughout this IPL. On the fast pitch of banglore, he didn't play Shane Bond and went with hopeless Ishant Sharma, he didn't play his best Murali Karthik in the same match and went for Mendis instead. On the other hand, on the turning pitch of Chennai, he didn't play the regular spinners Karthik / Mendis and went for Abdulla instead. Before the toss, he said that the pitch's gonna turn a lot and still he didn't take a regular spinner. I mean what was that???????? I was stunned with the KKR bowling department against Chennai with Agarkar their leading bowler!!!!! And throughout the IPL, he's played Sharma and Agarkar in the death-overs!!!! That's another shock!!!

  • on April 19, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Hi Sourav, I think the loss to Kings XI was a big one and it has become main hindrance. I think your guys like Ishant Sharma & Ajit Agarkar have completely let down the bowling. Gayle. McCacllum haven't been able to live to their credentials and its sheer bad luck. Hodge is a slow player and so is Shah and i think you got the combination right in last match against Rajasthan. Dont ever get Ishant & Ajit to bowl for you. Your fielding has been great, but I think you batting has to be even more aggressive like your natural instinct. The strike rate shall go beyond 130 for you and it will help. Mathews is also not a bowler who can be economical. ALl the best for match against Mumbai and 2011 IPL.

  • athadurajeev on April 19, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Dada rocks There are no doubts that ganguly is a successful indian captain

  • arasan000 on April 19, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    dpatelia////////////

    ganguly is one of the best captains in the world............ he s playing his natural game.. neither gayle or mcullum is giving company... if every one plays well only, they can win the game.mcullum should be dropped and hodge should be included....DADA IS IN top 5 players.. how can u say, he is not a best player.... he averages 40 in both test and odi

  • smitshah8890 on April 19, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    Hey sourav, it isn't just the luck that has faded your team, its knight riders haven't fired collectively as a team in whole tournament barring a few occasions. You have played some very good knocks this year but other than that the stats show that you haven't scored as quickly as you should have. Moreover even after a no. of failures from gayle and brendon, i think keeping hodge and shah out is not a good move. Either one of them shold be given a chance. And also apart from the last couple of matches, even laxmi shukla wasn't given the chance to show his potential and he is one of the top performers of kkr since the inaugural edition. Even Cheteshwar Pujara shold have been given more chances... So all in all it has been a miserable season for kkr and it isn't just due to bad luck of fate !!

  • on April 19, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Mr. sankris! you are a bangali, aren't you? Well me too but from the other side of the border. But we share the same spirit of never lasting hope... lol.

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Dada, don't......and I know you won't pay a heed to your nonsense blinded critics. For me, you are a rockstar, the soul of KKR and the sole essence of modern Indian cricket.

  • on April 19, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    i still love u ganguly and kkr .. u r the best ... hum hain rahi pyaar kay phir milenge chalte chalte ipl 2011

  • eZoha on April 19, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    One should consider Ganguly's role in the team before talking about his strike rate. Kallis has almost similar strike rate and nobody is talking about that. What happened is that KKR's foreign players didn't perform up to their fame. If either of Bond, Hussey, Hodge, McCullum or Gayle could be consistent throughout the season, it might have been a different tournament for KKR. Mathews did well with the bat, but his bowling went downward with time.

  • KTiwari on April 19, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    All the best Dada. You are true figther. I believe that you can easily play for 2 more seasons so don't retire so soon. Even if KKR does not sign you, I am sure that there will be enough takers for you.

  • Winfried on April 19, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Sir Ganguly, (Doffing my hat). You are the man. Thus far, you are the fourth highest run getter of this IPL and at the end of the tournament, you could be third. To those who speak about your strike rate, let me point out that Jacques Kallis has about the same strike rate and is not criticized at all. In addition, when you come in at a precarious situation, as you did in the most recent match, sometimes you have to look out for the team and consolidate, instead of hitting out. Others could have hit out and been out, but you stuck around and won the match for KKR. And that's what's important -- winning.

    On a different note, I do hope you come back next year, and that KKR gets better bowlers. I enjoy watching the idiots who never give up criticizing you eat humble pie. I enjoy watching all the Cricinfo writers stuff their shoes down their collective throats. As Virender Sehwag has said, you were the best captain India has ever had. Thank you, sir, for your service.

  • gossouvik on April 19, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    My only question is- when will Gayle and Macullum fire? Gayle has failed to play even one innings of significance (except against punjab) and Macullum, well he will fire against India in T20. Why are these players bought when they cannot contribute. To all those people who want Sourav out, please try to understand the basic nuances of cricket before commenting. You don't criticize Kallis when he plays slowly, it's termed as steadying the innings. Dhoni get's the acclode after playing only one innings of significance, whereas Sourav even after contributing to three of the 6 wins so far, get's only criticizm. The matter of fact is, even at his age, he is the mainstay of KKR, that's why even after retiring, the pressure is always on him to perform, even after scoring 18,000 runs in International cricket, he gets criticizm. Please try to respect our heroes, not only in cricket, but in any field of life. As far as the IPL final goes, my bet is on a DC vs CSK final, it will be tough fight.

  • skhalan on April 19, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Hello Ganguly sir KKR will never enter semis unless you start beleving in indian talent and use them well.Ganapathi vignesh will be more valuable then gayle or mculum..just give him a chance and see. He is one of highest scorer in ICL. if you did not want him to play why did u take him. Rajasthan is missing just an opener and if he was in RR they would have performed much better. Please use him atleast for last match or please release him from KKR and let others use him very well..Vignesh is no where comparable to pujara,tiwary or shukla..he is a international material and can be as dangerous as sehwag or yusuf pathan

  • kingkarthik on April 19, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Oh ganguly, please, please stop being an ostriech. Wake up and smell the coffee. It is purely and simply you, who has to be blamed for the position Kolkata find themselves in. You have far to often been reactive in you captaincy and let things drift without intervening. Look at the players at your disposal.... Gayle, Hodge, Hussey, McCullum, Mathews, Mendis, Bond, Shah You simply have not been able to motivate them nor thye indian players to perform at their best. For one, Brad Hidge should never have been dropped once Gayle came. You should have tried to fit them both together. KKR shot themselves in the foot.

  • on April 18, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Hey Sourav, I thought you were quite unlucky in the tournament, but I'm certain you'll bounce back next year. I'd like to add that I am not surprised at some of your fielding this year either because I have seen you pull off some blinders in your international career as well. There are many young batsmen to look out for in India. I'd like to list those that have really caught the eye over the past year or so. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu and Manoj Tiwary.

    Hope things are well with you Sourav

  • on April 18, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    I am not a KKR fan. But irrespective of the result, this IPL KKR I believe looked like a cricket team that believes in performing on the field. In the last two tournaments the constant media hype associated with KKR coupled with Bollywood buffoonery (warrier helmets, golden clothing, etc) made it look like an Entertainment club. They deserved the last rank last year. This year they performed well although inconsistently. But so have been all teams except Mumbai. The always under-rated Murali Karthik 's bowling was their trump card.

  • dpatelia on April 18, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I always feel and I debate no. of times that you are not good captain at all. with GOD grace you got good players who can be selected any team of the world and based on their success you becomes india's succesful captain. As you have admitted you should have given full chance to pujara instead of your local manoj tiwari. even in last demestic season he has not performed at all, still u have given lot opportunity him then pujara and result is in front of you. anyway. i would suggest if you get a chance to captain again for kkr then first apply cricket brain for selecting team instead of imotion. practically yr runs can not make any differece b'coz yr scoring rate does not fit in t20. anyway all the best for next season.

  • sankris on April 18, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    There is still an outside chance for KKR. Score 275 in 20 overs and restrict Mumbai to 100 in 20... Looks impossible. But you never know...

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  • sankris on April 18, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    There is still an outside chance for KKR. Score 275 in 20 overs and restrict Mumbai to 100 in 20... Looks impossible. But you never know...

  • dpatelia on April 18, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    I always feel and I debate no. of times that you are not good captain at all. with GOD grace you got good players who can be selected any team of the world and based on their success you becomes india's succesful captain. As you have admitted you should have given full chance to pujara instead of your local manoj tiwari. even in last demestic season he has not performed at all, still u have given lot opportunity him then pujara and result is in front of you. anyway. i would suggest if you get a chance to captain again for kkr then first apply cricket brain for selecting team instead of imotion. practically yr runs can not make any differece b'coz yr scoring rate does not fit in t20. anyway all the best for next season.

  • on April 18, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    I am not a KKR fan. But irrespective of the result, this IPL KKR I believe looked like a cricket team that believes in performing on the field. In the last two tournaments the constant media hype associated with KKR coupled with Bollywood buffoonery (warrier helmets, golden clothing, etc) made it look like an Entertainment club. They deserved the last rank last year. This year they performed well although inconsistently. But so have been all teams except Mumbai. The always under-rated Murali Karthik 's bowling was their trump card.

  • on April 18, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Hey Sourav, I thought you were quite unlucky in the tournament, but I'm certain you'll bounce back next year. I'd like to add that I am not surprised at some of your fielding this year either because I have seen you pull off some blinders in your international career as well. There are many young batsmen to look out for in India. I'd like to list those that have really caught the eye over the past year or so. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu and Manoj Tiwary.

    Hope things are well with you Sourav

  • kingkarthik on April 19, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Oh ganguly, please, please stop being an ostriech. Wake up and smell the coffee. It is purely and simply you, who has to be blamed for the position Kolkata find themselves in. You have far to often been reactive in you captaincy and let things drift without intervening. Look at the players at your disposal.... Gayle, Hodge, Hussey, McCullum, Mathews, Mendis, Bond, Shah You simply have not been able to motivate them nor thye indian players to perform at their best. For one, Brad Hidge should never have been dropped once Gayle came. You should have tried to fit them both together. KKR shot themselves in the foot.

  • skhalan on April 19, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Hello Ganguly sir KKR will never enter semis unless you start beleving in indian talent and use them well.Ganapathi vignesh will be more valuable then gayle or mculum..just give him a chance and see. He is one of highest scorer in ICL. if you did not want him to play why did u take him. Rajasthan is missing just an opener and if he was in RR they would have performed much better. Please use him atleast for last match or please release him from KKR and let others use him very well..Vignesh is no where comparable to pujara,tiwary or shukla..he is a international material and can be as dangerous as sehwag or yusuf pathan

  • gossouvik on April 19, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    My only question is- when will Gayle and Macullum fire? Gayle has failed to play even one innings of significance (except against punjab) and Macullum, well he will fire against India in T20. Why are these players bought when they cannot contribute. To all those people who want Sourav out, please try to understand the basic nuances of cricket before commenting. You don't criticize Kallis when he plays slowly, it's termed as steadying the innings. Dhoni get's the acclode after playing only one innings of significance, whereas Sourav even after contributing to three of the 6 wins so far, get's only criticizm. The matter of fact is, even at his age, he is the mainstay of KKR, that's why even after retiring, the pressure is always on him to perform, even after scoring 18,000 runs in International cricket, he gets criticizm. Please try to respect our heroes, not only in cricket, but in any field of life. As far as the IPL final goes, my bet is on a DC vs CSK final, it will be tough fight.

  • Winfried on April 19, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Sir Ganguly, (Doffing my hat). You are the man. Thus far, you are the fourth highest run getter of this IPL and at the end of the tournament, you could be third. To those who speak about your strike rate, let me point out that Jacques Kallis has about the same strike rate and is not criticized at all. In addition, when you come in at a precarious situation, as you did in the most recent match, sometimes you have to look out for the team and consolidate, instead of hitting out. Others could have hit out and been out, but you stuck around and won the match for KKR. And that's what's important -- winning.

    On a different note, I do hope you come back next year, and that KKR gets better bowlers. I enjoy watching the idiots who never give up criticizing you eat humble pie. I enjoy watching all the Cricinfo writers stuff their shoes down their collective throats. As Virender Sehwag has said, you were the best captain India has ever had. Thank you, sir, for your service.

  • KTiwari on April 19, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    All the best Dada. You are true figther. I believe that you can easily play for 2 more seasons so don't retire so soon. Even if KKR does not sign you, I am sure that there will be enough takers for you.

  • eZoha on April 19, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    One should consider Ganguly's role in the team before talking about his strike rate. Kallis has almost similar strike rate and nobody is talking about that. What happened is that KKR's foreign players didn't perform up to their fame. If either of Bond, Hussey, Hodge, McCullum or Gayle could be consistent throughout the season, it might have been a different tournament for KKR. Mathews did well with the bat, but his bowling went downward with time.