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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Saad bin Jung on the Ganguly era

In the Asian Age, Saad bin Jung decides to stir the Sourav Ganguly pot a little, just when it all showed signs of settling down. This is the premise he starts with:
In Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Srinath, Nehra and Zaheer Khan India surely had the three top batsmen and two top spinners in the world and pace bowlers that for once would not embarrass the Indian cricket captain. Why then, didn’t Ganguly win more games?
Instead of me answering these questions it is time that all you knowledgeable cricket fans, be truthful to yourselves and come to your own conclusions. Forget that you are from any particular city and are honour bound to support your local boy. For this exercise at least be an Indian first.

From this point, bin Jung segues into another:
Yesterday I saw Mr Raj Singh Dungarpur, an old family friend and a senior member of the Sharad Pawar team on television. The new president of the Board, having little time of his own, will need to lean on such people for support. I was saddened to see the public rip into him with such ease.
More depressing was the realisation that maybe the agenda of the new Board could be a witch hunt rather than establishing India as the cricket champions of the world.
Every answer was either attacking Ganguly or praising Greg Chappell irrespective of its relevance to the question.

I'd agree with this bit -- RSD is not exactly known for temperance, and not in speech alone. One problem with him is he tends to shoot off at the mouth -- and given how closely he is allied to the new dispensation, his words are apt to be seen as representative of the mindset of Pawar and his team.

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