KOLKATA: Ignored at this year’s IPL auctions, former India captain Sourav Ganguly made a dramatic return in the cash-rich league on Tuesday signing for Pune Warriors India in place of an injured Ashish Nehra.
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“I was approached by them yesterday and I’ve confirmed about my availability to them. I am leaving for Mumbai today and the details will be announced there,” Ganguly told reporters on Tuesday. Ganguly is however unlikely to feature in Pune Warriors’ match against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
Ganguly, who was captain of Kolkata Knight Riders for the first and third season was given a cold shoulder by Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise as well as nine others who didn’t bid for him during the auctions.
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The Pune Warriors are in the midst of a disastrous campaign having lost six consecutive matches under Yuvraj Singh’s captaincy. With the batting looking depleted, the new franchise couldn’t have thought for a better replacement as Ganguly brings with him vast experience.
Confirming the development, Pune Warriors team director Abhijit Sarkar said that roping in Ganguly was not a gamble and he would prove his worth with the former India captain being the “best cricketing brain” in the country.
“He is playing in IPL not for money but to prove a point. He deserves a lot of respect, but not the way he has been treated (by Kolkata Knight Riders)… He is the best cricketing brain in the country. Taking Ganguly is not a gamble,” Sarkar explained.
Sarkar said their side was plagued by a lot of injuries and they thought of Ganguly.
The May 19 clash between Pune Warriors and KKR will assume greater significance as Ganguly is a certainty for that particular match.
Asked about the tenure of Ganguly’s contract, Sarkar said, “We want to go step by step. Of course, Sourav is a part of Sahara India Pariwar and we will want this association to be a long term one. The contract will be assessed at the end of the year.”
Incidentally, Ganguly has always shared a cordial relationship with Team Pune owner Subrata Roy. Speculations were rife that Warriors will pick him from auctions if KKR doesn’t bid for him.
NOW the question is “IS IT TOO LITLE and TOO LATE for Pune warrior and GANGULY??”
the answer is NEVER for GANGULY. GO dada GO…