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India are world cup winners again, But...
Posted by DannyM on 04 April 2011
At first let us all congratulate Mahinder Singh Dhoni and his boys for wining this world cup championship on last saturday. This was a fabulous win and they deserve cascading kudos. We had to wait for 28 years to prove our supremacy in the world cricket. We are proud of the sports men and sportswomen who have made us feel great like Sania Mirza, Sania Nehwal, Sachin Tendulker, Geeth Shetty, Leander Pez, Mahesh Bhupati etc. But there are some small observations which are also Important.
There were lots of celebrations after Saturday's world cup final. Everybody was praising MS Dhoni for his leadership, Sachin Tendulker for his great cricketing contribution etc. But surprising one name was not mentioned. I don't know whether deliberately or not. The name of Saurav Ganguly. Just recall the phase through which our Indian cricket team was passing when Saurav was asked to lead the Indian cricket team. Indian cricket was tainted with allegation of match fixing and involvement of Miyasaheb Azaharuddin, Ajay jadeja, Nayan Mongia, Monaj Probhakar etc . That was really a bad patch for Indian Cricket, a nightmare.
Saurav was declared captain of Indian cricket team. That was the most difficult phase. It was Saurav who selected, nurtured some of the today's icons like Virendra Sehabag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashis Nehera etc. Saurav stood above petty regional bias related psychology as far as team selection is concerned. Before him most of the captains were interested to select players from their own zone or city with the help of the selectors. Quota system always prevailed during team selection. Saurav started building a team who would have fire under their bally, who would be aggressive, tough fighters and dare to challenge any team,
Saurav was the chief architect of 'TEAM INDIA". Rahul Dravid was a horrible player in limited over's cricket and had no place in Indian one day team, Saurav asked him to play as a wicket keeper and by agreeing Dravid could retain his place in one day squad. Dravid paid this back nicely to Saurav by throwing him out of Indian Team with help of Guru Greg. M S Dhoni was also hand picked by Saurav. Saurav taught us how to play against aggressive Aussies and how to pay then back in their own coin, how to win test matches and tough one day matches on foreign soil. Prior to Saurav , Indian cricketers were a bunch of fragile cricketers who always used to fight bravely to suffer defeat. Saurav took India to world cup final in 2003. He had an inexperienced team full of young, budding cricketers. India had to face the then all mighty Aussies, who were undoubtably the best side. They had players like Mathu Hayden, Adam Gillchrist, Glen Maggrath, Shane Warne et all who could single handedly win any match. Facing that Australian team In final and facing today's Srilankan team in final can not be compared. Only this can be compared with Clive Loyde's West Indian team of 1983. But see on Saturdy nobody even bothered to thank Saurav or even mention his name for his immense contribution towards Indian cricket.MS Dhoni is an aggressive captain but he is lucky enough to get a team which was nurtured and developed by Saurav.
Saurav is the tragic hero of Indain Cricket. Is it because he is a Bengali ? There is no margin of error for a Bengali Cricketer. We can recall how cricketing pundits like Ravi Shastri( an average cricketer) and talkative Harsha Bhigle, Bishen Singh Bedi etc used to criticize Saurav in the media for anything and everything. From the period of Ajit wardekar, Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian cricket was dominated by Mumbai Lobby, even the great Sachin Tendulker, had also got lots of opportunities in his cricketing career,with assurance that under no circumstances a Mumbai player would be dropped from Indian Cricket team. These assurances were never available for Saurav Ganguly. Every time he had to pass through Agni Pariksha to prove his worthiness in Indian cricket team. The media had never ever missed any opportunities to criticize Saurav. He is the bad boy of Indian cricket. On saturday every body was eager to dedicate this world cup victory to Sachin but nobody even bothered to give thanks to Saurav. Particularly those players of team India, who would have not reached today's level and be in the limelight unless they had a mentor called Saurav Ganguly behind them. We are ungrateful of highest order!!!
cosmicbomber wrote on 09 April, 2011
A different and good blog Danny, enjoyed reading. Here are my few humble observations.
1. You can't put Sania Mirza under the same category as Sachin or Dhoni, she became famous for some other thing (still famous for that although now she loses in the first match for the last 2 years) than tennis to be very honest with you and her performance was never consistent (even for a short period).
2. Ganguly was the first captain who transformed the Indian cricket team's psyche, he injected steel into the team and they behaved like "men" very different from the feminine cricket they used to play (it appeared that the men's team was led by Shanta Rangaswamy!) Also he was a futuristic captain and Dhoni is just lucky as he is reaping the benefits of Ganguly's vision. Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan are all mentored by Ganguly and Yuvraj should have been given the mantle to lead India.
Rahul Dravid was the worst captain as under his captaincy the team behaved like eunuchs.
sharmila wrote on 11 April, 2011
Dhoni is undoubtedly the best captain and even Yuvraj has also placed him ahead of Ganguly who knows politics as good as cricket. Mahi is also very handsome.
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