Monday, December 19, 2005

The Ganguly Controversy

Here is my take on the Ganguly controversy that is the rage these days. Ganguly should not be taken back into the side for the trip to Pakistan. The demand that all his fans and most of Bengal is making is probably the greatest dis-service possible that they are doing for Ganguly.

I will not mention the fact that Ganguly is susceptible to fast bowling and Pakistan now has arguably the best pace-battery in world cricket. India, in all probabilty, will lose this series. And Indian batsmen will perform miserably. Ganguly, if picked, will not be an exception. Plus, he has too much too lose and nothing really to gain from playing. The team management has already decided that he is not required. Whether the decision is correct or not is immaterial. The fact is that Ganguly has to make way. The earlier he does, the better for him.

The fact that he would be named in the touring Pakistan squad seems a very distinct possibility now, with all the pressure that is being brought upon the selectors. The best way out of this mess for Ganguly is to announce his retirement after he is named in the squad. That will be a fitting reply to all his detractors and those of say that he has overstayed his welcome.

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