Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dada, is that you?

Wow, Dileep Premchandran manages to write about Ganguly's possible recall to the Indian test team in South Africa without gagging. Poor Dileep, no one was more triumphalist than him when India went on their usual at-home-we-thump-all rampage in the last cricket season with suggestions flying thick and fast that all that had been required was Ganguly's dumping for things to be set right. And now, this. What effect Ganguly will have on the dressing-room remains to be seen; what effect he will have on a captain like Sehwag, who might be pressed into duty if Dravid's finger doesn't heal, simply boggles the mind. (And wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall when Dada meets Greg in South Africa?)

Ganguly has had a glorious opportunity before, before he threw it away in the Karachi test with his ill-advised hook. He's wasted other opportunities since then, both in domestic cricket in India and in the county cricket season. He should count himself lucky. If he does do himself proud, it will be one of the most amazing comebacks of all time.

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