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Sourav Ganguly, best captain of IPL 5

April 22, 2012

Sourav Ganguly, for some may be slow on his feet, but his brain works like a machine on a cricket field. He may no longer be the explosive player, which brought laurels to the country on many an instances, but he knows how best to handle his troops.  You can blame it on his passion for the game, which reflected after he took K. Pietersen’s wicket. He ran for around 20 meters inside the PCA stadium with joy. In fact, it was his bowling spell, which changed the game against the Dare devils. No wonder, he received the Man of the Match too. Presently, he is the captain of Pune Warriors.

Ganguly, one who passionate about the game

No one reads the game better than Sourav Ganguly does. His commentary stint with various channels has just added an extra analyzing skill onto his game. When his bowlers were hit all around the park, it was Sourav who took the responsibility and did the unthinkable, turn the game on his head. It was in fact, a bold move to bring him on when Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen were going all guns blazing. How many captains would have the audacity to come in the firing line and face the music? None, I would say.

Sourav has been a captain, who fights fire with fire. He is not afraid of taking the game to the opposition, whatever the circumstances. We have witnessed it when Sourav played for India. One needs courage to hand a spinner the ball, when Sehwag is at his menacing best. As usual, he backed his players and Muarli Kartik did not disappoint Sourav by claiming Viru’s wicket.

Sourav Ganguly has always had his share of critics. How well does he respond to his critics not with words but his performances on the cricket field , which speak volumes. For those, who believe MS Dhoni, to be the greatest Indian captain, ask the boy from Jharkhand under whose captaincy did he represent India? Who groomed him as an international cricketer? Who gave him the license to bat the way he did? Who backed him consistently? There is just one person; it has to be Sourav Ganguly.

T20 is always said to be a young man’s game. Agreed, but there is space for old war horse cricketers, who still love the game, like Ganguly. The game needs such cricketers, who play for a simple reason. It is all about passion.

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