Not too late Mr Ganguly, please look inwards
Published: Monday, January 7, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
England's tour of India
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Columns: Mamatha Maben
Columns: D Ram Raj
Bangalore: Not withstanding the debacle in South Africa, it was thought that with the re-entry of Dalmiya, Ganguly had been gifted a new lease of life. However, with the skipper not being able to change much - with regards to his personal form - time is running thin on the Maharaja?Conventional wisdom would suggest so, however there are dynamics which otherwise dictate terms in our part of the world. And going by it, Ganguly still could be seen hanging on to his post. The general feeling, however, is one of great disappointment at the way the Indian skipper has shaped up. Five series in-a-row the 'The prince of Kolkata' has been found wanting and although his captaincy skills bear a brighter picture, his very presence in the playing 11, now, poses a question mark. What exactly has brought about such a drastic turnaround in the fortunes of Saurav Ganguly? A man who supposedly had the silken touch! Well, opinions are galore (rightly so as everybody is entitled to one) regarding the Maharaja's declining graph, with supporters and critics alike pitching forth their comments - some outrageously forthright and some downright loyal. In my book, Ganguly erred more in his thought than he did with his bat. When things started falling apart for the Maharaja, it would have served him better had he acknowledged the fact that there was a problem and that he needed to fix it. Rather than blowing it away by fooling himself into believing that it was a bad patch and that things would fall into place on its own with time and one good knock. This approach had mental repercussions as Ganguly sank further down waiting for that one good knock, which never found its way. With time and piling pressure Ganguly found himself with a stone tied around his neck and was, literally, squeezed into inaction as was once again evident in the recently concluded India-England series. One feels that had only Ganguly accepted that there was a problem and had chosen to counter it head on - irrespective of the consequential effect it would have had on the captaincy issue - he would have, in all probabilities, by now re-established himself. It still isn't too late, provided he is willing to relinquish exterior goals and look inward towards his own game. For at this juncture in time, to save Ganguly as a batsman is of prime importance. India needs Ganguly and his expertise and it would be a bitter loss (personally and for the country) if Ganguly were to see his career come to an abrupt end after having showed so much of promise in the past five years. One hopes the New Year dawns a brighter future for the Indian skipper and his team.