Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Sunday that the IPL match between Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders on May 19, 2012, was his last competitive match in domestic cricket.
It’s about time.
Understandably, he wanted to leave IPL the way he left international cricket, on the back of strong performances and a personal high. (He recommends repeatedly that that’s the way to retire). That he wasn’t originally selected for IPL4 came in the way of those plans, and I have a feeling that he had to commit to playing IPL5 just in order to get back into the IPL fold, with Pune Warriors in the latter parts of IPL4.
I have a feeling he wouldn’t even have played IPL5 if he was originally selected in the IPL4 auctions.
It’s now close to four years since he stopped playing international cricket, and his IPL performances have steadily and visibly deteriorated over the past couple of years. He’s been a great player for India, but it certainly is time for him to move on.
Hopefully he’ll stick around in a coaching / mentoring capacity, though. His is one of the finest cricketing brains in the country, and Pune will do well to keep his services.
Congratulations, Dada, and best wishes for the future.