Former Kolkata Knightriders captain Sourav Ganguly who has been spurned by his team as they didn't bid for him the player auction for Indian Premier League, is mum about the snubbing. But those close to him aren't, especially his elder brother Snehashish, who expressed his outrage at the development.
After all, Sourav has been India's most successful captain and was the third highest scorer in last year's League. But Snehashish, himself once a reputed first class cricketer, said his brother has been unaffected by the developments.
"He is ok. I spent the entire day with him Sunday. He is fine. After having played so much cricket, such things don't bother a person of his stature," Snehashish said.
On Monday, Ganguly was seen in a relaxed mood, playing volleyball with daughter Sana in the courtyard of his majestic residence at Behala in the city's southern edge.
Snehashish said Kolkata Knight Riders has made a 'mistake' by giving Sourav the brush off as a Sourav-Gautam Gambhir opening combination would have been highly effective in the coming tournament.
"I am bewildered, surprised, sad. I have been thinking about this for the last 24 hours. When Sourav's contemporaries like Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman can fetch good money, and many lesser known players are lapped up by teams, how come no one raised any bid for him," Snehasish asked while speaking to IANS.
"Moreover, new teams like Pune Warriors and Kochi could have benefited from Sourav's rich experience as a batsman, bowler and captain,' he said. Kolkata Knight Riders have made a mistake; Rs.1.86 crore is no money when you take into account Sourav's stature, talent and experience. So they missed the chance to get him cheap," said Snehashish.
It is clear that Sneha-ashish minced no words at expressing that Ganguly's exclusion is the KKR's loss and the team will be bound to feel is absence tremendously.