Sourav Ganguly and IPL4

So IPL [1,2] season 4 is under way, and there has been controversy about the non-selection of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly[3,4,5,6].

Today, however, this video is making the rounds.


Host: We’ve had countless phone calls [from fans, asking whether Sourav will ultimately be seen playing IPL4].

Sourav: I think yes, you’ll get to see me. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, though.

Moreover, there’s this quote from Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) management:

But if there is a need [for a replacement player], we may opt for Ganguly.

KTK, will, of course, lose their captain and star batsman Mahela Jayawardene to his national duties in a few days.

Two things:

1. If KTK can recruit him now, why was there all the drama from BCCI and the other franchises before? To be fair, KTK did show interest in him after the auction, but could not sign him (see links 4,5 above).

2. If he does join KTK, Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan should prepare for completely empty galleries at Eden Gardens. He really should.

But every time I see these stories, there’s always one nagging thought: in addition to all his other engagements, I hope Sourav Ganguly has been practicing very, very hard in the off season. For all his fans and detractors that are shouting for him, at him, and at each other, it’s him who has to take to the field and score at better than run-a-ball.

Even though I’m a big fan, I don’t think he should be playing this season. He’s been away from it all for too long now, even though he scored a bulk of runs last season. Well, he’s done it before – come back from the dead. I hope he does it again.

I’ll be waiting to watch him.

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