Ganguly – Chappell Spat. Rahul Dravid replacing Ganguly at the helm. Ganguly not included in the squad for Sri Lanka series. Ganguly forced his comeback by some wonderful knocks in the local matches. Back in the side and played a patient innings against the Sri Lankans though it was not a big score to cement his place. Again dropped from the team for the third and final test against the Lions.
Ganguly meets Sharad Pawar. There were rumours that he is unlikely to make it to the squad. Ganguly back in the team. This time surely he forces not with his scores and past records but surely with the political moves.
All the above one-liners, we can say, were big news for the Indian media world. I had a chance to watch a program in a private news channel which had Niranjan Shah (Media Manager for BCCI) in the panel. He was asking a valuable question which most of us did not really think off. Kolkata was in fire and there were banners against Kiran More and Greg Chappell. Whole Bengal community supporting Ganguly’s place in the team not really knowing the fact about his records.
Niranjan Shah asked, So does that mean if a Mumbaikar is dropped and there will be a protest by the Maharashtrians? what about Karnataka? Will Tamil Nadu take the same position if some Tamil Nadu player is dropped? Finally I ask you all, Do we have answer to these questions?
Well at the oneside we say that he deserves a good clean farewell at the end of his career. I don’t deny that friends. I only ask you what if he is selected and if he is consistent in not performing consistently. He has to be dropped from the team anyway. I would suggest “Better you go with a good record than to spoil your own”.
Take a look at his performances since year 2000 . Not so great. After all he is the person responsible for the young bloods in the team, but we should not totally slide on one single individual when talking about whole India. We are 120 million populated country.
I strongly beleive that his “Never Say Die” approach will give us some good cricket to watch at the upcoming Pakistan tour and I hope to sit in front and watch his flamboyant cover dirves, square drives, occassional pulls and the way he treats the spinners every now and then.
Again, my question, what if he fails to do the above? Will again the Kolkata crowd stand up for a protest that he needs a place in the team until he himself calls it a day?