And lo and behold whom he owes his entry into the League to - Pakistan! Indeed, Ganguly's passage was assured thanks to ineligibility of Ashish Nehra to play for the Pune Warriors owing to an injury he picked up during the World Cup 2011 semi-final against Pakistan. In that fateful match, Nehra went for a daredevilish dive at midwicket to try and dismiss Shahid Afridi when he twisted his middle finger of his non-bowling hand. The wound which revealed a fracture put the fast bowler out of contention for not only the finals of the World Cup, but also as the doctors projected it would, for most of the IPL as well.
Thus, had it not been for Pakistan's role in ensuring that Nehra come away with a sustained injury, Ganguly would never have had a chance to break back into the IPL. It is this conspiracy of circumstance that has made sure Dada re-emerge from his hiatus and become a Warrior.