Posts Tagged ‘sourav ganguly


Knights unlucky to lose

 Alright, it’s been sometime since I updated this lazy blog of mine.  I would be lying if I said that there was nothing that inspired me to write. But then there were a lot of other things, including project deadlines and other shit from college. So it looks like cricket and politics are hogging the headlines at this point of time. The IPL fever is slowly but steadily catching on. Boy, what a match last night between Kolkata and Rajasthan. Definitely one of the best T20 games I’ve ever seen, although I would have been happy if the Knights had managed to triumph. Full credit to Warne and co though, especially Kamran Khan. 

I saw today a news channel with an article blaming Knights’ coach John Buchanan for the loss, as it was his decision apparently to open the superover with the out of form Brendon McCullum, rather than Sourav Ganguly, along with Chris Gayle. I may be a big fan of Dada, but I don’t think Sourav opening would have made such a big difference. He definitely would have tried giving the strike to the magnificent Gayle. Rather than saying the batsmen failed, it would be far more appropriate to say the bowler Kamran Khan was successfull. Don’t be surprised if this tearaway makes it to the Indian team for the T20 World Championships later this year. The fault Kolkata made was in giving the ball to Ajantha Mendis. Mendis might be a mystery man, but when you got just 15 runs on the board to defend, the option of a spinner bowling is totally out of the question, even it is Shane Warne himself. Add to that the fact that Yusuf Pathan who was the batsman is capable of sending any bowler to the stands, let alone Mendis. McCullum as a captain has absolutely no experience and SRK would have been right making Gayle the captain, if not Dada. I wonder why McCullum isn’t given any ‘importance’ by the Fake IPL player. 

BTW the Great Indian Reality Show, as NDTV puts it, the General Elections are on. DO VOTE. I would be super glad if your vote is for the Congress or its allies. Jai Hind. 😉


ICC’s double standards again

The ICC is back at it again. An Indian captain was banned for six ODI’s by cricket’s ‘governing’ council. Well, this time around, it’s not quite the same for a similar offenderI. I’m of course talking about Ricky Ponting being let off after being found guilty of a repeated offence of slow over rate by the ICC. Back in 2005 Sourav Ganguly was banned by ICC Match referee Chris Board for six ODI’s after found guilty during an ODI against Pakistan. In fact, it was not the first time Ganguly was in the dock for the same offence. In 2004, Dada was banned ofr two Test matches by referee Clive Lloyd, after India’s slow over rate during an ODI against Pakistan. However the ban was later withheld after an appeal. 

The ICC rule book says that a repeat offence of slow over rate would result in a ban of two tests or four ODIs. Punter was already aware of the slow over rate when he decided to use part-time spinners so that he could possibly escape a ban. This however earned him the wrath of Aussie greats like Jeff Thomson and Allan Border after he lost the test match. But despite his efforts, he still couldn’t get the over rate back on track and was found guilty by referee Chris Broad, yes the same Chris Broad who had banned Ganguly for the same offence. Mr. Broad had the tenacity to let Ponting off the hook with just a fine, but ban Ganguly for six ODIs.  Under normal circumstances, the ICC gives an explanation for their decisions. And just as the Aussies would like it, no sort of official clarification from the ICC or from Mr. Broad as to why Ponting is a free bird.  Double standards, anyone?


Dada dropped again

The Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy was announced today and there was no place for former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. Player performances at the Irani Trophy is to be be considered for the selection of  Team India which will play Australia later this year. Ganguly was dropped where as the other members of the ‘Fab 4’, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman made the cut.

Ganguly after winning the Man of the Series award at the Future Cup against South Africa

Ganguly after winning the Man of the Series award at the Future Cup against South Africa

The selectors have committed crude injustice against the veteran southpaw, who is regarded as the finest left hander India has ever produced. Just because Ganguly couldn’t perform well in the Sri Lanka series does not make him eligible to be dropped. For that matter none of the Indian batsmen did well in Sri Lanka except for a few. In fact, Tendulkar averaged lower than Ganguly. Dada was also one of last season’s best batsmen making more than a thousand runs in the process. If he can be dropped, why are players like Sachin and Dravid still in the team?

The selectors are definitely playing unnecessary politics here. Even the last time Ganguly was left out, others players who had also been under performing were retained. Yuvraj Singh has also been not included, but that is understandable. But the Punjab batsmen had been going through the worst patch of his career. He has also been struggling with his knee injury keeping him slightly immobile.

The Irani Trophy would have been a great opportunity for Ganguly to try to regain his lost form. But with him being excluded, chances of playing the Aussies are dim. It was the same Sourav Ganguly who had lead India to a historic series win against the ‘arrogant’ Aussies seven years back.