November 30, 2006 @ 10:06 pm
Good times are here again. Sourav Ganguly returns to the Indian cricket team.
Technique or no-technique, Ganguly continues to remain one of my favourite Indian cricketers (the others being Laxman and Dravid).
Dravid is beyond excellence but does not seem to have managed to make a team out of his players. Individually he is brilliant, a super-star in the true sense of that word. But there has been a dismal failure on the part of Greg and him in building a team. India seems to have slipped back to the pre-Wright-Ganguly days when it was a motley bunch of extremely talented individuals. The whole is now less than the sum of the parts. Whatever that means, you get the point.
It will be ofcourse interesting to see how Greg and Ganguly get along in the dressing rooms, no pun intended. Ganguly, lacking superior talent, was the person who created Team India, the blue brigade, the team that won.
It will be too much to ask to reinstate Ganguly as the captain since a lot of damage has already been done and tinkered egos are harder to satiate.
However, what would be interesting to see is how Ganguly copes with the enormous pressure that shall rest on his once-broad shoulders as he walks towards the pitch in the African continent.
The sun shall be beating down on him, the bowlers would be waiting to throw the cherry at his ribs, the non-striker would be praying that he doesn’t get his former captain run-out, Ganguly would be hoping that the next nick does not go down the second slip’s throat, Dravid wouldn’t know whether to wish ill or wish good for his former friend, Dada would hesitate a twitch-little before coming down the track to a spinner for his famous fresh-from-the-oven sixes, the Left in Kolkata’s assembly shall cover its face in anxiety, would a 100 be required to cement his place or would a difficult 50 do, Vengsarkar would be busy in transit since he has been entrusted the role of messenger between Sharad Pawar and the team, Kiran More wouldn’t watch the match.
Amidst all this Ganguly creams a four through the covers and announces the return of the prince. Boycott gets a heart-attack.
Ladies and gentlemen, I leave you with my favourite quote from the cricketing world:
“On the offside, first there is God and then there is Sourav Ganguly” – Rahul Dravid
If you are utterly bored and don’t know why you are in this world: Read what the Left has been upto in Kolkata.