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Ganguly Baiting

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It had to happen sooner or later – the return of Cricinfo to their Ganguly baiting days.

Sourav Ganguly did not exactly set the World Cup 2007 blazing. And neither did Tendulkar or really any of the cricketers in the pathetic display the team laid out. Yet Anand Vasu of Cricinfo is insinuating, on quite flimsy evidence IMO, that it was pretty much Ganguly who played selfishly during the tournament and more inanely, that for the forthcoming Bangladesh tour, Tendulkar as rested and Harbhajan dropped only as a face-saving manipulation by the selectors.

It has emerged that the selectors, and senior members of the board, are far from impressed with Ganguly’s recent ODI performances. His 129-ball 66 against Bangladesh, 114-ball 89 against Bermuda, and 23-ball 7 against Sri Lanka conveyed the impression that he was more concerned with making runs for himself than the team.

However, to have dropped Ganguly without also leaving out other cricketers who failed to perform would have left the selectors with some uncomfortable questions to answer. To that end they gave themselves some room to maneuver, "resting" Tendulkar and "dropping" Harbhajan Singh.

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The difference between the cases of Ganguly and Tendulkar in the longer term is that the concern over Tendulkar’s form is purely cricketing. In the case of Ganguly, however, members of the board and the selection committee are convinced – and they are privy to information that the public at large is not – that he was not always batting with the team’s best interests at heart.

This begets the question: if Mr Vasu is privy to such information, should he not come forward with it – educate us mere mortal public fans regarding how the board read Ganguly’s mind during the games ? Addtionally, regarding the stats provided by Mr Vasu of Ganguly’s performance – how much did Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni, Sehwag and such stalwarts score in that humiliating loss against Bangladesh (for the record: 7, 14, 2 and zero respectively) ? There is no question that Tendulkar is in a different cricketing class than Ganguly and one can even argue that he should be treated specially. But to suggest that he was dropped only so that the selectors could justify the latter’s exclusion is pretty dishonest to say the least.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

April 20, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Posted in Cricket, India, Rants

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  1. heh.

    Vasu is an ass. Ganguly could be blamed for getting out at the wrong time against Bangladesh but then so can be Dhoni. I thought they were both setting it up nicely for the final assault when they both feel cheaply. But that kind of stuff happens in the cricket all the time.

    About the Sri Lanka match, the whole team performed badly, you simply cannot single out an individual. And as far as bad influences go, both Chappell and the manager have mentioned in their report that Zaheer was abusing Sreesanth, however he is still on the team.

    confused

    April 21, 2007 at 11:54 am

  2. @Confused: Any links for those citations from Chappell’s and manager’s reports? I must have missed those.

    Vivek Kumar

    April 21, 2007 at 12:48 pm

  3. [Sorry for the double comment, may be you can combine the two]

    Why is Sehwag still in the team? I would have thought that he would be the first to go.. just like in the batting line-up 😉

    Vivek Kumar

    April 21, 2007 at 12:50 pm

  4. @Confused: agree.

    @Vivek: Here is a mention in Indian Express

    The board also took serious note of the allegations that medium-pacer Zaheer Khan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh harassed the youngsters in the team. A source told The Indian Express: “Greg Chappell had specifically said in his report and presentation to the board that Zaheer had abused S Sreesanth. Even the other report (by Sanjay Jagdale) said that. Chappell had talked about a few players being disruptive elements in the team.”

    As for Sehwag, since the board is going for ‘youth’ and Sehwag is the younger than Ganguly/Tendulkar, he was not dropped. Sounds logical 😛

    BongoP'o'ndit

    April 23, 2007 at 10:14 am


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