FAREWELL TO SAURAV GANGULY
"Chalite chalite pichhe ja rahilo pare,
Chhaya hoye jaha milai digantare........ (Beng.) ... After Tagore ....
The Bangali Ganguly, the leftie opening and middle order batesman, and the rightie medium pacer, is likely to retire from international cricket.
I was talking about Donna Ganguly --- Saurav's wife. I was telling my friends that she had been very famous, got lot of opportunities abroad, and I had rarely known better husband-wife matches. I was also telling every one that Donna Ganguly was to perform in Bangalore. I knew Saurav's retiremirent was a logical conclusion!
As the age factor came up, I remembered Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar had to struglle hard to keep his "image" in his thirties. As is cricket, dance is also not an easy profession. Dancing on stage like Donna Ganguly at her age is not easy ---- of course I cannot match even one step.
I had written several times that I found Saurav a very impressive cricketeer for a Kolkatan. The most successful cricket captain, who could motivate and draw many successful cricketers into his team, can only deserve his rightful place. As I was going through his statistics, I could classify him as an all rounder in the ODI, since he could get 100 catches and 100 wickets, in addition to his batting averages. Now I cannot say Saurav's fielding was bad. Also I liked Saurav's seamer spells at times, primarily because of very tight medium pace bowling. During his bowling spelIs, I used to remember Bishen Singh Bedi once in a while. And of course Ganguly-Tendulkar partnerships would remain a legacy in Indian cricket.
What would Saurav do? The best job he could do is become the team manager and coach in Tata's nanomotor plants to be strarted in Gujarat. Tatas pay good money --- and they are big! He also could keep Buddhababu and Subhashbabu as his advisor (Tatas could still pay).
What else could he do? He could do good business in Chicago and elsewhere in the USA as team manager and coach. Americans also pay good money (in Chicago he could keep Purnendubabu as his advisor).
October 8, 2008.