You have got it right, how would Dada be feeling after being stripped of captaincy title? Amidst all the politicts going in the BCCI for all the wrong reasons, I feel Ganguly is made a real mock in the Media. This for sure would be something real hard to digest for Dada himself- Injury, Poor form, Dropped from Captaincy for 2 ODI series, Retirement questions. His lean patch has become to long and obvious now, that every other News Channel has something to say continuously about the tough road of Dada to the Indian team again and the new problems that keep falling on him. If that was not enough, now he is in a do-or-die situation in the upcoming domestic Duleep Trophy match to perform well. I cant possibly imagine what would be his state of affairs if he fails in the same, his ODI career would for sure take a back-seat for along time.
Atleast dada has some positives when the chips are down, test captaincy priveleges are preserved atleast till the next test series. I guess dada himself would be very thankful to God himself that he scored a century in the game against Zimbabwe.
I cant possibly imagine to what extent the politics in BCCI and Selection process too. Why was the team for first two ODIs supposed to be declared on 14th October and dadas fitness test to be conducted on 17th October? Why again have 15 player squad in a home series instead of the normal 14? So its for sure they wanted dada out of first two games, dunno whether it was to cover up for his poor form and to give a reason of injury for his absence in the squad or it was really done on merit keeping the injury in mind. All taken into consideration, I cant deny there is atleast *some* politics going on in the BCCI. And this time dada doesnt even have Dalmiya’s support.
All in all its a lose-lose situation for Ganguly IMO, if he doesnt fire in Duleep trophy, his ODI career takes a back seat, India wins the Srilanka and South Africa series under Dravids captaincy – Ganguly again doesnt have anything in his favor, if India loses – Ganguly may have some hope to get his captaincy cap back again.
I for sure wouldnt like to step in his shoes. Its definately the toughest time in his career where he needs to prove his credibility as a batsman. I hope the best for Indian cricket.
PS: These views popped up in my after landing at a site called www.ihateganguly.com while surfing. Do check it out, quite a nice place if you are in a anti-ganguly mood. Nice collection of jokes if you take them on a lighter note.