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January 21, 2008 / lazybug

The Droppings

I am surprised that Ganguly has made more news for being ‘dropped’ as compared to Dravid and Laxman. Though I must say Laxman was an uncertainty in spite of a good record against the Aussies. One of the newspaper headlines claimed: Ganguly Dropped, Dravid and Laxman Left Out. Of course, Ganguly has been performing exceptionally in the last year. But the amount of disregard being shown for Dravid is quite scathing.

Dravid has been as integral a part of India’s ODI successes in the last 5-6 years as Ganguly. Ganguly might have scored more runs, but that’s got a lot to do with the conditions in his favour as an opening batsman. Dravid, on the other hand, has fought it out. Kept wickets, batted at any position the team asked for and still came up trumps. But of course, India media being biased is nothing new. Dravid did not do too well in the last year and was also dropped for a couple of games against Pakistan. So he being dropped would not make that big a news. But Ganguly is a different story. A more juicy prospect…a chance to churn up some emotions…and here’s an example:

Train services in two sections of Eastern Railway were on Monday affected as irate supporters of Sourav Ganguly put up a blockade at Barasat in North 24 Parganas protesting against the cricketer’s exclusion from the Indian team for the triangular tournament in Australia.

[…]

“We want Dada back. It’s a conspiracy,” the protestors shouted.

Such behaviour from the Bengali folks is not new. Their booing of the Indian team in 2006 was the best example for their love of Ganguly. You will not see such a protest in Karnataka. Not if even Kumble was dropped tomorrow from the test team. Not that Kannadigas are a peace-loving people, but the level of attachment to Cricketing heros, IMO, is a tad lesser.

Anyway, the selectors have a lot of questions to answer. Is Suresh Raina the best replacement for Ganguly? Wouldn’t Kaif have been a better choice to replace Dravid? Forget replacing the people, how are you going to replace the experience they take away with them? Is Yuvraj, who’s eyes seem more fixated to a bollywood damsel than the Cricket ball, going to guide the young people?

Such are the ways of Indian cricket. One day the joy of beating the world champs and the next day this. The timing is impeccable. All hail the BCCI!

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  1. Liju Philip / Jan 22 2008 12:44 am

    Cos Bengal is the only state that has been electing communists for more than 20 years now. Think you get the drift…. 😉

    Looking at the number of times VVS has been dropped after saving India from so many situations, AP should have been on fire by now. Its not that Andhraites dont love VVS. Its just that they love India more. Maybe.

    Anyway, Its all to do with politics. Nothing else. What else do you expect from a bunch of commie supporters?

  2. rksadhu / Jan 22 2008 12:18 pm

    Laxman’s exclusion is something which no one discusses as it has been a regular practice starting 2003 world cup. What is funny is Vengsarkar’s comment (which I infer was aimed at Dravid and Ganguly) that players who will not be part of the team after one year were not considered for selection. What more reason does anyone need to call the selectors ‘JOKERS’?

    I feel sorry for the most dependable batsmen Dravid who has been made the scapegoat. After all how long does a cricketer need to prove his mettle to stay in the team?

  3. vinay / Jan 22 2008 1:17 pm

    I think this is a very bold move by BCCI. Dropping Ganguly and Dravid is okay but they should have it done when India was playing in India.

    Yet the selection is not that bad. There are already four openers – Sachin, sehwag, Gambhir and Utappa. While Rahul is completely out of form, Ganguly’s strike rate hasn’t been crossing 75.

    The young team might have a tough time but they can book a berth in the finals.

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