IPL season is back and once again the nation was transfixed by the auction of players.
In this nation cricket players are considered priceless gifts of the gods. And every year the country is stunned, horrified and sometimes elated when hard nosed businessmen show them exactly how much these gods are worth.
This year was no different. The nation rumbled in agreement when Gautam Gambhir got one of the highest bids (Rs 11.04 crore) and grumbled in disappointment when old legends like Brain Lara could find no buyers.
Younger was the way to go this time around and almost unknown players got bought thanks to future potential rather than any actual achievement.
But nothing kept the nation awake and restless in bed than the fate of Saurav Ganguly. Despite his ex-Captain credentials and his phenomenal batting skills, Dada
was not bought by anyone, not even his home team of Kolkata Knight Riders.
While half the nation cried up to the very heavens about the shame and unfairness of the deed, the remaining half quietly muttered about his lack of people skills, his age and that old fallback "it's only business, nothing personal"
That is hard to believe, since one can honestly ask the question â Then what business does Rahul Dravid have in a Twenty20 League?Image: Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Chirayu Amin, center, flanked by Kings XI Punjab team co-owner Ness Wadia, left, and Royal Challengers team owner Vijay Mallya attend a press conference at the end of the IPL player auction in Bangalore, Sunday, January 9, 2011.Image: IPL auction 2011 | Top IPL4 earners | Why did they have to insult Dada again? |
Ganguly should have followed Kumble
Text: Vinayak Hegde