Many voices in the cricketing fraternity may have condemned the Kolkata Knight Riders' snubbing of their former captain Sourav Ganguly by not buying him in this year's player auction. But the majority of the public, according to a poll conducted by a leading news website, say that it was not an unfair decision to dump Ganguly.
The poll revealed that 54 per cent of readers think it was a sensible move to exclude Ganguly from the team's make-up, while just 42 per cent said he should have been picked with 4 per cent unsure.
The reason for this sort of reaction is not unfounded. After all, has had a deplorable time in the field over the last three years, and even with Ganguly at the helm, was not able to make it to the semi-final of the league. Plus, Ganguly didn't have a particularly prosperous time as a batsman either, notching up a mediocre average of 27.25 in the opening slot. However, he improved dramatically in the last season with an average of 37 and an aggregate of nearly 500.
Yet, with KKR in revamp mode, the team went all out to ensnare some of the top stars of the last IPL, including Jacques Kallis from the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Yusuf Pathan from the Rajasthan Royals. It even has a come-back man in Brett Lee to boot. So with all these younger players coming on board, there is apparently no place left for an old-timer like Ganguly. Unfortunately, Ganguly was always going to be over-priced at $ 400000 base price and that cost him dearly. And it eventually did.