The wheel has turned, and Ganguly’s time is over.
For all he has contributed to this team, Ganguly deserved a better farewell – if indeed that’s what this is – than being abruptly dropped. He deserved to walk away into the sunset, head held high, not be nudged out, first by coach, then the media, the public, and finally the selectors. But then again, with his batting, his behaviour and his almost stubborn refusal to let go, he barely gave anyone a chance to do any better by him.
But he is living out a fairytale at the moment, and nothing he achieves will be a surprise anymore. There are many, me included, who believed Ganguly’s time as an international cricketer was over. We owe him an apology and a salute.
Thank you dear Cricinfo for being person enough to say that. Now kindly send two slices of that pie you are having, the one from “Humble” bakery, to an Australian somewhere in Rajasthan and an Indian somewhere in Chandigarh overseeing the India Cricket League.
The fairy-tale comeback that started in South Africa has now assumed mythic proportions. Not so much because of the supreme confidence Sourav has exuded at the crease, or the amazing run of scores, or the fact that he is playing possibly the best cricket of his life. What makes Dada’s second advent so unique is how Sourav has played it off the pitch—-for a man accused of being arrogant and petulant he has not publicly uttered even one word of bitterness or ill-will towards those who tried to humiliate him, not so long ago.
A lesser person, when accused of having faked injury to avoid batting on a green pitch and of fomenting divisions inside the team (without an iota of proof being furnished in support of that accusation by the accuser) or having had the chief selector publicly announce that there is no way the said person can return to the team as long as the selector is in power, would have possibly taken the opportunity provided by his spectacular comeback to draw some blood —like Nasser Hussain once pointed to his shirt after scoring a century in the Natwest final, giving a middle finger to the TV commentators who had questioned his place in the one day side.
But not Ganguly.
He has deflected all questions about Chappell and More in recent interviews with a terse “no comment” and let his blazing bat and his glowing smile do the “I told you so”s for him.
Sourav has always been a great captain and a very good batsman.
But now on the comeback trail, displaying fluid batting on the pitch and supreme grace off it (without losing his signature Dadagiri), he has emerged a true champion.
The Prince is now the King.