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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Saurav Ganguly needs some rest and recuperation, he says here.
Sure thing -- these last three, four weeks must have taken the heck of a lot out of him , and it is not as if there is any very urgent reason to get back onto the ground. The India-Sri Lanka series starts only October 25 (there is a little matter of the Challengers, beginning October 10, but we all know the team for Sri Lanka will be picked irrespective of what happens in that series, not on the basis of it. So... go for it; hopefully, the captain will return refreshed in mind and body.
Come to think of it -- given it's such a slow news day, I could use some rest, too. Or at the least, I could use the time to do some work. Later, peoples... take care.


  • "hopefully, the captain will return refreshed in mind and body.". You are right. He needs a fresh body to cop all the chin music awaiting him. He needs a fresh mind to cop all the boos that he is going to get all over India. I hope to god that the likes of Sachin, Rahul & Irfan do not succeed in the forthcoming series against SL & SA. We want that "Most Successful Captain" tag also to dissipate slowly but, surely...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 11:36  

  • prem, it is definitely a very slow day. i bet the newspapers must be hiring journos on a contract basis (just like the engineers in the US or Europe). the recent flurry of activities must have had the newspapers scurry around looking for journos to gather every bit of info possible.

    for me, no news is good news.

    By Blogger Mayur, at 11:52  

  • I kind of suspected this might have been happening during the countdown to the meeting, but this International Herald Tribune article shows it was official:

    Mumbai's bookmakers had on Monday said the hot money was on both Ganguly and Chappell keeping their jobs.

    "And that is exactly how it panned out. Reports on Tuesday indicated that the rates on the two coming to an understanding had fallen further from those quoted earlier. Tuesday's odds were 40 paise to the rupee on Ganguly keeping his job, and as little as 22 paise on Chappell keeping his. By this afternoon, bookies had stopped taking on the punters."

    By Blogger dna, at 11:57  

  • How many times we have seen this...? I mean the real issue will never get addressed ..!
    If a complaint by the Coach that the Indian Team's captain is 'kaamchor' can be because of 'mis-communication'...hell, even God can't save Cricket in the Country...!!!!

    By Blogger ravim, at 12:04  

  • Interesting article in Outlook. As far as I know this is the first time a reviewer has spoken to the media (other than the press conference after the meeting)


    "It's rubbish to believe that Chappell is quitting. It is also absolutely wide off the mark to believe that Ganguly has gained ground and Chappell has been slighted," said the member.

    "As things stand today, the ball is in Ganguly's court. He would be under pressure to perform in the next two series. If he does well, Indian cricket will move forward. If he fails, even then a new chapter in Indian cricket will take place," said the source. The source admitted it's now a "fight-to-finish" battle ahead for the tenacious Indian captain.

    By Blogger Parth, at 12:35  

  • http://web.mid-day.com/sports/national/2005/september/119728.htm

    one from middat gangs response

    By Blogger tombaan, at 13:00  

  • Aaah,, thanks for the link Parth. Good info there, yet another leak (and this time from a review committee member, no less!!). Our BCCI leaks like a sieve :-). Pretty much what I suspected, that some deal was struck where Ganguly gets a series or two to shape up or be shipped out (the interesting question to me would be if he remains the captain); both Ganguly and Chappell get warned not to disclose any internal stuff to anyone etc. There is hope yet.

    By Blogger Multy, at 13:06  

  • About the opinion poll on the blog - what date is the BCCI election now indicated at? If it happens before any further cricket is played then SG might be out (or at least not be the captain) before doing anything that can be reviewed by whatever committee.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:00  

  • All these gag orders for the duo and for the rest of the team is poppycock. If JD can get away by leaking emails (everyone knows it is JD - JD hasnt even said he will sue Dungarpur for saying JD leaked it to the press thereby tacitly accepting Dungarpur's comment) what is to stop the entire team (SG and GC included) in leaking away like Mumbai municipality sewers?

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:10  

  • BTW Prem, SG is supposed to take part in the Challengers.

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 14:21  

  • Police - every breath you take, every move you make I will be watching you - Ganguly under the cricketing nation's microscope. Guess this karma stuff really works - you dont even have to wait for an afterlife. What you sow comes back in the same incarnation.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:25  

  • SG will be removed from captaincy for the SL series and RD will be appointed captain for SL and SA one day series. The SL series will make or break SG, if he fails with the bat (very likely to happen) or he does well (possible ???), in any event it will be good for the Indian team.

    I hope he does not score 40/50 in 100/120 balls and say "I am back in form".

    By Blogger Pings, at 18:16  

  • Sure, everybody needs a rest after having watched Ganguly battle through to that truly "remarkable" century!!! sheesh!!! In fact I had to change the channel to watch some re-runs of EPL soccer matches rather than the "live telecast of Ganguly's century".

    For the first time in my life I am wishing for the Indian team to lose. Sheesh!!! what has Indian cricket come to????

    By Blogger Rahul, at 01:57  

  • Yeh man India should lose badly.Zaheer Nehra Harhajan should be dropped!!

    By Blogger bulchee, at 06:33  

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