One thing for sure is that there is simply no room for sentiment in the business of the Indian Premier League. The announcement that Sourav Ganguly will not be playing in the next edition of the IPL is sure to cause consternation among his fans who have felt that when it comes to getting the wrong end of the baton it is invariably their 'Dada' who gets it.
In a way, Sourav brought it upon himself by making himself available to play. He should have read the signs last year itself when his old team Kolkata Knight Riders did not retain him nor did any other franchise bid for him. He got in because Ashish Nehra got injured during the semi-finals of the World Cup and so Dada came in as a replacement player, which is not what somebody of his achievements should have had to do.
However, one gets the feeling that Sourav has not quite got over the fact that while he had to retire in 2008 when he had one of his best international seasons, his contemporaries who are pretty much the same age as he is, are still playing. Dravid who made his Test debut in the same Test as Ganguly did, has retired only a couple of months ago and Tendulkar is still playing.
In reality there was nothing left for Dada to prove to anybody so why he made himself available only he can tell. He is not even supposed to play in the remaining matches of the season for his team ostensibly to give youngsters an opportunity but that we all know is a sweetener to swallow a bitter pill. He will continue to be a mentor to the team but what that actually involves is still in the realms of uncertainty.
The same uncertainty envelopes the Deccan team as they languish at the bottom of the table. While most franchises picked well at the auction this year or at the transfer window, the Deccan selections have been hard to understand. They neither have a back up for their international players nor for their domestic players.
When they leave out a class act like Dale Steyn to accommodate an unknown batsman, then the writing is on the wall. With Cameron White and Shikhar Dhawan in such good form and two classy batsmen in the skipper Kumara Sangakarra and Duminy there is a need not to bolster the batting but to have a bowler who can make a difference, but that has not been done.
Chris Gayle has been hammering the ball too as is Shane Watson for the Rajasthan team. Watson joining the team after the tour to West Indies has strengthened the team. He gives the captain flexibility in the batting as well as the bowling. As Rahul Dravid, his skipper, said he is a 4 in 1 player and his presence has given the Royals a chance to qualify for the knockouts.
The IPL is getting to an interesting stage as it enters the last week of the league games with almost 7 teams in line for qualifying for the knockouts.
Cameron White for his consistent displays is the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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