November 25, 2008
One of the greatest captains of the Indian cricket team Saurav Ganguly retired from the active cricket signaling an end to one of the glorious chapters in the annals of the Indian cricket.
Surely, all the fans and his team-mates too are going to miss the fiery spirited Ganguly who had won the heart of billions of fan all over the world by his lofty sixes. Everyone from the selectors, media and fans were left shell shocked by his decision to call it quits.
Sourav Ganguly as a cricketer was known as someone who completely dominated the off-side on the cricket field. He was someone who played according to his own rules and never hesitated to break many of them.
Dada as he’s fondly called by his team-mates is in a way responsible for the emergence of an aggressive Indian cricket team who never shied away to give back to the opposing team in their own fashion. He is also considered responsible for fashioning out great cricketers out of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. He supported talented players even at his own expense.
As a player, ganguly had an average of more than forty in both forms of the game. In T20 cricket he was the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. K. Srikanth previously had indirectly hinted at Saurav’s retirement after rumour mills starting to churn out news regarding supposed agreement among Board of Cricket Control in India & some senior members of the team.
If sources are to be believed, Ganguly made up his mind to retire following the selectors chose to ignore him for the Irani trophy. According to Sachin tendulkar, he’s surely going to miss speaking Bengali in the dressing room.
Now, it remains to be seen what the future holds for our beloved Maharaja. Whether or not he stays connected to the cricket or shies away from it.