I am as much a Ganguly hater as I am a Sachin Lover. I thought that as a captain he did everything in his power he could to keep the attention on himself. For me, he is a media crazy, overly bossy , self centered bastard. His cricketing skills, though not the best .. are good enough for a mention in record books.
Saurav averaged 32 and 22 against australia in tests and ODIs respectively .. which is arguably the best team in the time duration in which Saurav has played as against his overall average of 41 in both forms of cricket.
The same saurav has also averaged 88 and 56 against Bangladesh in tests and ODIs respectively .. which is possibly the worst team in sight today ( zim used to be better .. remember the days of Andy Flower and Heath Streak ? )
So what does all this stat tell us .. that He is good against Bad teams and vice versa ?
The lack of match practice and the insufficient time before the ODI series started were the reasons given by most as the reasons for India’s dismal performance down under. Ganguly landed in SA a couple of days back and is on 56 n.o. in the tour game against rest of South Africa. All this while the rest of the team has been facing trouble in coping with the bounce and seam movements .. Ganguly walks in .. mistimes a few of his shots .. adjusts and is now on his way to what could be a GREAT come back, if only he can survive the threats off the field from Chappel and likes.
Ganguly may not have many admirers in the world .. he also might not be the most fluent against pace bowlers, but you got to give him that he has the fighting instinct. Lots of people have written off Ganguly as the unfortunate dark past of indian cricket. But what they forget is that the same man lead India to series victories overs lots of other countries. He was the one who used Australia’s intimidating tactics succeefully against them in their own backyard. And while we all love to ignore his good times, lets not forget that the Indian resilliance down under in that unforgettable tour began with Ganguly scoring a 144 in a rain hit match.
The man, we all love to hate .. Ganguly is on his way to scoring possibly another face saving innings for India. Let’s just try to forget the media crazy , self obsessed Ganguly and welcome him back to the team .. and as Mr. Chappel said “Great to have you back” 🙂
I really hope he stays in the team for a long time to come now, not as captain .. but as a truly gifted batsman and a senior member who has something valuable to offer the game at 34 years of age.