Ganguly under fire even within family
27 December 2005
KOLKATA - Sourav Ganguly is under fire. Not only from chief selector Kiran
More for skipping Bengal's ongoing game in the Ranji Trophy but also from
someone within home quarters who has had a huge role in his career.
Snehashis Ganguly, elder brother to former Indian captain, feels it would
only be in Ganguly's interest if he indulges in match practice before going
"Ideally, it would be good if Ganguly plays in a match if not in first class
cricket then at least he should take part in club cricket in Kolkata,"
Snehashis, himself a former first class cricketer, has urged.
The prompting has also come from two former selectors from Bengal, Sambaran
Banerjee one responsible for giving Ganguly a second lease of life in 1996
and Prannob Roy, the selector just deposed who was known to be a strong
Others, like More, are less polite and have sought an explanation from
Ganguly for giving a miss to the tie.
Ganguly himself has declined any comment as he spent the Christmas with his
family and refused to take any phone calls.
He has also indulged in no sort of practice since being dropped after the
Kotla Test in New Delhi on 14th of this month.
It is learnt Ganguly is undecided whether he should spend long hours in the
nets as he has done throughout his career or should he concentrate
specifically on tackling short-pitched bowling.
His close associates are advicing him to practice for his specific problems
rather than have general nets.
"It would help him if he tackles the issues which is getting him out rather
than just spend hours at the nets," said Banerjee.
Ganguly pronounced weakness against short-pitched ball is well-known. He is
also known to fall into the trap of chasing an away-going delivery which
results in catches in the gully and point region.
Ganguly perhaps is aware that he wouldn't get a chance to be in the starting
eleven in the opening Test against Pakistan in Lahore, starting on January
13 next year.
Despite his willingness to open the innings, it is unlikely the team
management on the tour would give him a look-in.
After all the team is carrying three openers in Virender Sehwag, Gautam
Ghambir and Wasim Jaffer.
If the team management looks beyond them, it would add fuel to the already
raging controversy surrounding Ganguly.
Another option of asking Yuvraj Singh to open the innings and ask Ganguly to
stick to the middle order has been dubbed by a current selector as
"How can we ask Yuvraj to open the innings when he is scoring so heavily in
the middle order," said the selector "As of now, Ganguly can only come in
the side if somebody regular is injured in the Indian middle order."
Adding to Ganguly's problem is the fact that Kiran More himself is expected
to be in Lahore ahead of the first Test. It is in consonance with board's
new guidelines to send a selector abroad whenever an Indian team is on tour.
It is to ensure that no strange selections are done by the team management.
More is no friend of Ganguly and his recent outburst suggests that the
left-hander would be under more attack within the Indian dressing room when
the team leaves for Pakistan on January 5.