Sourav Ganguly's shocking ouster from the upcoming fourth edition of the IPL has riled up his fans. Outraged scores of Dada's aficionados walked the streets of Kolkata in protest of the fact that not a single team bid for the former Indian captain and Kolkata Knightriders mainstay.
But their anger was mainly directed at the owner of the KKR - Bollywood megastar Shahrukh Khan - whom they held solely responsible for Ganguly's fate in the Indian Premier League's auction held on Jan 8 and 9 at Bangalore.
The protesters burned effigies and posters of King Khan and unleashed the loud slogan "No Sourav, no cricket". Many among the frustrated lot told the press that they will be boycotting all KKR's matches held at home this year.
"How can you have a Kolkata team without Sourav Ganguly?", asked angered fan Rashmi Sengupta. "It would be like Mumbai playing without Sachin Tendulkar."
Sourav Ganguly was one of half a dozen major cricket veterans that went unbid in the IPL auction this year. The others who did not find a place in any of the teams for IPL4 were West
Indies batting great Brian Lara, his compatriot, the hard-hitting Chris Gayle, former Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya, his team-mate, fast bowler Chaminda Vaas and South African opener Herchelle Gibbs.
Even after all the 350 players up for grabs in the auction had been called out and there was a second chance for previous unbid players to be tabled, none of the teams requested for Ganguly or the other major players that had been ignored previously.
Ganguly has played in the IPL as an opening batsman for the Kolkata Knightriders since the inaugural edition of the League in 2008. He has appeared in a total of 58 Twenty20 matches, notching up an average of 27.07 at a strike rate of 109.74 with 8 fifties to his credit. Ganguly has hit up a tally of 45 sixes and 151 fours from those games.