The man they call DADA

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2003, 16:04 [IST]
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Bangalore: turns 31 today and all of India take this opportunity in wishing the Indian captain a 'warm and joy-filled' birthday. I shall also take this opportunity to speak my mind on the man who has, probably, made more adversaries than fans. In a nutshell, he is the man people love to hate. Sourav Ganguly has come a long way from the time he first made his debut for India to being the captain of the Indian team. It is a daunting task piecing the man together because he is a man of many moods with a multifaceted personality. However, one thing is certain, through this long journey he has ridden the highs & lows with an unflinching heart. And I, for one, do not hesitate to compliment this man, for come what may Ganguly has ridden the high seas and roughed it out.

Although he has exhibited a brash and arrogant exterior there are millions who still adore him for what he is. To many he is the symbol of a fearless and modern India. His deeds with the bat have been pretty mediocre off late, nevertheless there is no denying that he has succeeded as a captain. That is something that we must hand out to Sourav.

Many argue that he is not good enough to hold his place in the side. Well, I have always subscribed to the theory that you first pick your captain and then your team and not first pick your best team and then one among them as your captain.

I say this because leadership qualities is something that is not found in every player and if you have somebody who is not a great player but a great leader then one needs to make allowance for the fact that his leadership qualities alone can contribute to the team's win. Having said that, there is a limit to the allowance made while assessing the ability of the player. He should match up to at least 60-70 per cent of the ability of the rest of the team member.

And I think Sourav falls in this category.

But Sourav Ganguly cannot afford to let things drift (batting). For somebody who has received more brickbats than bouquets, he has to come good, especially in Tests, otherwise I feel time & luck may, just, run out for him.

So here's wishing, the man they call DADA, a lot of good fortune and loads of good wishes for a bright & prosperous future as the captain of the Indian team.


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