Down with Sourav Ganguly !! Down down the Debauch Prince of Calcutta ( a columnist for a leading sports source shows his true colors in the picture on the left).
I was aghast. I used to love this guy once upon a time. I always knew him as an arrogant, petulant yet honorable man who backed his players aggressively, never played politics inside the team and was always first in the line of fire.
This was before Greg Chappell with his bcc mail to aakha India told us exactly the opposite. Ganguly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing—-according to the uncut Chappell email I got, it’s he who got Kim Sharma to leave Yuvraj Singh so that his performance suffers and the Maharaja can stay on in the side. Pathetic.
Cricinfo tells us that no matter what happens, Ganguly has to go. Indeed he must. It seems that Ganguly does not want to step outside his comfort zone—–I recall the time not so long ago (2003) at Melbourne when he walked out to protect Sachin Tendulkar . Now I realize that what actually happened was that the AC had broken down in the dressing room and it was so unbearably stuffy that Ganguly took the opportunity to ingest some fresh air.
How do I know this? Bishen Singh Bedi, the fit-as-a-fiddle left arm bowler whose paunch and patka fought among themselves for prominence and who was in his playing days known as a stickler for physical fitness, told me so on the highest authority.
When Harbhajan Singh came out with a brave statement of support for the man who made his career and pointed out that it was Greg Chappell who was playing off one player against the other, I breathed a sigh of relief. Zaheer, Nehra and Sehwag were also said to be with Dada. At least, Dada had the loyalty of his men—or so I thought.
Wrong! The wise men at Cricinfo and Times of India tell me otherwise. It seems that these players, like Dada, are also refusing to come out of their comfort zones; Harbhajan being the worst offender. I concur. Why did Dada encourage Bhajji to open a hair salon—I mean isnt hair a comfort zone for Sardarjis? Should he not have forced the Turbanator to step out of his “zone” and do something that would challenge Harbhajan—like an acting school or a semiconductor fabrication plant?
The wise men also told us about the men who were against Dada…consisting of Anil Kumble, Mohd. Kaif and a vacillating Rahul Dravid.
Anil Kumble—yes the man who defines stepping out of one’s comfort zone. After winning a gadzillion matches for India on home soil on designer pitches (his comfort zone), Anal sorry Anil Kumble has then, in the course of his career, consistently turned in sterling performances abroad raising the bar for his performance with every series, spinning India to one away series victory after another. While Dada’s fielding has been mediocre all along, Anil Kumble has always given Jonty a run for his money—-between a Jonty dive and a Kumble lunge…I am yet to decide which is more enjoyable. The only difference—-after a Jonty dive the ball is always in front of Jonty, after a Kumble lunge, the ball is inevitably behind him.
Some people claim that Anil is simply unhappy at being overlooked for the captaincy and just because of the fact that Dada always prefers Bhajji to him in one-dayers despite Anil’s fielding and Srinath-like running-between-the-wickets, many of the anonymous quotes that show unhappiness with Dada are coming from him. But of course, that’s not true.
And among the wise men, Ravi Shastri wants Ganguly out. Yes the Champion of Champions, who knows a thing or two about shame and “hai hai”s having held the world record of being the only person to have been booed at every Indian test center. Yes as Ravi once said, punnily :” Whenever Ganguly comes out to bat, Steve Waugh applies pressure at both ends.” Yes Shastri is now doing the same thing with Dada.
Ganguly has to go. Dalmia has got to go. Dalmiya supports Ganguly because Ganguly is Bengali. Ganguly is a parochial f*** having supported consistently people from Bengal—like Bhajji, Sehwag, Zaheer and Kaif while never promoting people from other states like Laxmiratan Sukla.
Chappell told us that Ganguly was not physically fit in Zimbabwe and lied about his injury. Ganguly has procured some doubtful medical certificates from the India’s team medicine man, John Gloster which I have been told is just a pseudonym for Janardhan Ghosh, Dalmia’s homeopathic Man Friday. Can you trust him?
Who told me all this? The man himself—Raj Singh Dungarpur who has absolutely no axe to grind with Dalmiya. Which is why many newspapers carry his impartial, balanced pronouncements with the authority reserved for papal announcements.
Raj Singh. A legend. A man who broke the back of regional politics in Indian cricket by consistently supporting “Mian Captain banoge?” Mohd Azharuddin (incidentally my favoritest batsman…way above Sachin) despite the fact that he played for a different state from where Raj Singh comes from …in case you did not know Azhar played for Punjab. Raj Singh detests Dalmia’s brand of regional politics—-remember the way he kept on supporting Azhar even after he had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar?
A blast from the past for your personal amusement.
Dungarpur supports Azhar’s captaincy
In 1990, Raj Singh Dungarpur strolled up to Mohammad Azharuddin and asked, Kyon, Azhar miyan, kaptaan banoge?
Main tho kaptaan hoon, sir, a naive Azhar, who thought Dungarpur was referring to his Ranji side, Hyderabad, had responded — before letting his jaw drop when the latter told him it was the Indian national side he was being asked to lead.
Almost a decade later, Dungarpur, now president of the BCCI, has spoken out in defense of his protegeee. “I am sure that Azharuddin is in full command. What reason does anyone have to remove him?” he asked. Raj Singh did not approve the criticism of Azharuddin by “people who did not fully understand the demands of the job.”
“Azharuddin’s quiet nature has become his weakness and now he is an easy target of critics,” Raj Singh said, adding that he saw nothing wrong in the captain’s aloof mein.
Dungarpur, while professing himself fully satisfied with Azhar’s leadership skills, was not quite as content with the Indian captain’s recent form with the bat. “He should get back his rhythm which he lacked due to the slow wickets,” he said.
Raj Singh’s observation will come as a big surprise to many including his former skipper Dilip Vengsarkar who once said that one can gauge the pace and bounce of a bowler by watching Azharuddin jump at every ball from the other end.
Ganguly has always been a bad person. Look at a few past incidents that came to light that show him to be a nasty lot of goods.
Kolkata, 1990: Not yet 17, Sourav Ganguly made his first class debut in the Ranji Trophy final against Delhi. His brother Snehashis Ganguly, a brilliant left-hander who was going through a lean phase, was dropped to accommodate Sourav. The decision made headlines, though it had nothing to do with the crisp 22 he made in the match which Bengal won.
Kolkata, 1993: Playing for Mohun Bagan against East Bengal in the P. Sen Trophy final, Sourav was heckled by the opposition while he was batting. After taking a catch to win the match, he threw the ball at the spectators who were cheering the opposition. They responded with a volley of stones and abuse. He responded in kind, though later he wrote an apology to the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Hyderabad, 1995: Playing for India A against India Seniors in the Challenger Cup, Sourav was involved in a run out with Rahul Dravid. Both of them were trying to get into the national team (they eventually made it) then. There were a few raised eyebrows at the end of the match as Dravid was batting fluently when he got out going for an easy single.
Not mentioned here was how he once stole an icecream from a baby and gave it to Nagma and how he once raided the donation box for Behala Blind School (which is very close to where he stays) to pay for a foot massage.
Kick him out. Throw him to the dogs. As our current coach said, John Wright was a wuss. He did not have the balls to deal with Sourav. But Greg does. Oh yes he does. And he knows a thing or two about winning.
Remember the time he made lil bro’ Trevor roll the ball on the ground to deprive New Zealand of a victory which led the papers to declare that Chappell’s underam stinks. Yes sir. He does know a thing or two about winning.
And ethics and gentlemanliness.
Down with Ganguly.