“Ganguly should not have sneaked into IPL”

Came across this article a few days ago, but didn’t get around to comment on it. Today is as good a day as any to do so, when Sourav made his way back to the field and shrug off the cobwebs to unfurl some trademark strokes.

Welcome back, Sourav.

Anyway, back to the article. Some quotes:

I respect the fact that this is a decision of the franchise and Ganguly. But such moves will always have mixed reactions within the cricket fraternity.

Yes, those mixed reactions. Deccan flags flying for every Ganguly run. The crowd going crazy every time he’s on the giant screen. Even though he’s apparently playing an away match. And then this. Mixed reactions indeed, Mr Srinath.

Now, he has to start all over again, join a struggling team midway, and immediately start to pull his weight because he carries a lot of expectations.

[…] it’s tough for someone who has not played competitive cricket for so long to come in and step up straightaway.

Makes his performance today even more impressive, no?

Mr Javagal Srinath, it’s one thing to have doubts about a comeback. Yes, we all had doubts. But isn’t it another matter to call it “sneaking back into IPL”? Especially coming from you, sir, who was coaxed out of retirement by none other than Sourav mere months before the 2003 World Cup?

How would you have reacted if you were said to have snuck into the 2003 World Cup team, a week before your first game?

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