Sourav Ganguly continues to speak his mind out, with conviction and sense. Aayush Puthran feels the gutsy former Indian captain will have a much bigger role to play for Indian cricket now more than ever.
There are few dismissive characters as bold and equally pronounced and sensible in world cricket as Sourav Ganguly. His single statement on Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, a pointless national debate, adds a lot of weight to the idea that contemplations and suggestions need to end.
The relationship between the two Indian cricketing heavyweights, one who has retired from the scene, has been a story of glorious romance. There have been very few other players who have understood each other better on the field. And thus, even with all the cons, his point that Tendulkar should get to play the 200th Test in Mumbai purely on emotional grounds will find genuine backing.
Ganguly would probably realise better than any cricketer anywhere in the world what it means to be loved by the home crowd. From a maverick common man to another, the former Indian captain has thrived in the love that the City of Joy has offered him, in his presence and absence from the team.
And that is exactly where his influence is seen. Whether his ways are accepted or rejected, he is a hard character to ignore. He divides opinion like few others do in the country. And thus it is critical that he plays a crucial role for the development for Indian cricket post his retirement.
As a skipper, Ganguly displayed brilliant leadership skills, commanding love from his teammates and respect from the opposition. However, administration and commentary would be a different ball game. Nonetheless, being the tough and arrogant man that he is, it wouldn’t be surprising if he indeed has his say, without bending to the treacherous ways of corporate politics.
As a commentator, Ganguly has already shown that he indeed has a priceless gift. With the dearth of good speakers on cricket in the country, and the Indian board throwing stacks of cash on the ones who are of international standards, we are left with few good commentators. He would do a world of good, in company of his long time teammate Rahul Dravid to speak his mind out on the various issues that the game has to deal with and not be puppets of a cash-rich board.
He wouldn’t hesitate a second to speak his mind or even include himself in his own Playing XI. He has shown the courage to stand against the flow of tide and displease the bosses. Indeed his brave heart, conviction and b**** of steel is the need of the hour for Indian cricket.
He certainly has a much bigger role to play in Indian cricket following his retirement.
(Aayush Puthran is a reporter with CricketCountry. Mercurially jovial, pseudo pompous, perpetually curious and occasionally confused, he is always up for a light-hearted chat over a few cups of filter kaapi!)