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Thursday, October 09, 2008

The best Indian captain calls it quits

One of the most important chapters in Indian history nears the end after the current series against Australia - that of Sourav Ganguly’s international career. What is Sourav’s contribution to Indian cricket - the answer to this question would be a resounding YES. His contributions is more as a captain than that of a batsman - of course, his performance in test matches and ODIs was no less. His position should be very similar to that of Mike Brearley in English cricket, for that has been his inspiration in Indian cricket.

Only he could transform the Indian cricket team from an image of gentlemen losers to that of successful fighters. They could give back to the Aussies what they received - not many teams could boast of this action. His masterstroke included elevating VVS Laxman to the No.3 spot in the famous Kolkata test. He backed young players like Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Sehwag even though they had the odd season of failure. India started doing well overseas, in the same manner as the home test matches.

Did he strike a deal with his selectors for playing the last series? Probably. If it was truly the case, it shows that the Indian selectors have made good progress in ensuring that the seniors are given a good farewell which they truly deserve. Krish Srikkanth should be congratulated on bringing about the change in the selectors mindset. If there was no deal, one should be happy that Sourav took the brave decision of retiring from all cricket.

All in all, the career of Sourav Ganguly has been a real significant chapter in the Indian cricket history.

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