Thursday, April 14, 2005
Crown of thorns - Sourav Ganguly
One of the most bizarre events in recent times is the hate Ganguly campaign going on right now! Well, he is out of form. So what? If the team selection committee decides he doesn't deserve a place in the team then he should be dropped. But why this unprecedented hate campaign against him? Rahul Dravid was dropped once. Sachin Tendulkar cut a very sorry figure when he was captain. VVS Lakshman's long run of undeserved one day place has been taken away recently. And now if Ganguly is struggling with form, let him be dropped or rested. But by booing him on the grounds and ridiculing him in the media and forwarding Ganguly Jokes, we Indians are only displaying our immaturity as a nation!! This has been a sorry affair for long. We get overboard when Indian cricket teams wins but ridicule them with a vengeance when they lose. Only Pakistanis equal us in this ugly behaviour. Remember our shameless behaviour when India lost to Australia in the World Cup league match?! Is our passion for cricket so intense that we have lost our brains?!! Ganguly will be away from cricket for sometime because of the six match ban on him. Hope it helps him mentally that when he comes back, he can regain his form. Hope this also puts sense it our brains!!! Let us enjoy cricket for what it is - just a game. And finally -- I have been impressed with the dignity with which Ganguly has handled this crisis. Whether we believe or not he is a prolific one day batsman and easily the best captain India has had since Pataudi. He deserves better than what he is getting now.