After almost 2 years of speculation among the cricket fans ganguly finally decides to call it a day  from test cricket. Yes , but that’s only after the India Australia series gets over . Anyways this is the best time he could do it .Considering the current Australian team as the weakest ever ,wouldn’t it be great for the former  captain to end his career on a winning note .

Speaking of his career in test cricket ,Prince of kolkatta had the best starts any player would dream of . A century in his debut test against england in 1996  marked the emergence of one of the best players india has produced not to forget that he has been the most successful Indian captain abroad .

Ganguly has been unable to keep a permanent spot in the Indian squad ever since the greg-ganguly saga in 2005 . There has been a constant pressure on him from former players , anit-ganguly cricket fans and ofcourse the media . Everyone knows the hype that these news channels create and its a feast for them when it comes to cricket. Media has been a little too harsh on him . Ok He was not playing well , but that doesn’t mean u will make his life even more miserable . Even a week back i saw a poll in one of the news channels

Would u want the senior players to retire one by one or in a single go ???

now Isnt it a silly question ?? …. of course there are lots of  lame polls like this  but this seemed more off track . Who are Media to decide when a  player should retire ?? People forget these were the once  main pillars of indian cricket team when batting was considered the main strength of indian cricket team . Dont they even have a personal choice of ending their career at their own will .

Being a Die hard sachin fan its depressing to hear people who have done nothing advising sachin to retire . I mean its totally weird to give advice to a guy who has over 25000 runs in international cricket ,who is considered the best next only to the legend sir donald bradman .I just wish people would let players decide themselves  If u cant support them during their lean patch plz dont make it worse .

Anyways i have deviated from the topic i guess ,coming once again to ganguly .

One-Day Career Batting and Fielding (1989/90-2007/08)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Overall 423 407 42 15161 183 41.53 31 93 129
Test Career Batting and Fielding (1996-2008)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SRate Ct
India 109 180 15 6888 239 41.74 15 34 51.36 71

You can have even more detailed view of his career right here .


  • Captained India in a record 49 Test matches
  • Led India to a record 21 Test wins
  • His test average has never been less than 40.


  • Hold the record of most 200+ ODI partnerships (6 times) along with Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
  • Holds the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for most 1st wicket ODI partnerships of 175+ runs (7 times).
  • Holds the record, shared with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for the second highest score by an Indian cricketer in an ODI — 183, against Sri Lanka in 1999.
  • Held the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for the highest first wicket partnership for India in an ODI match, 258, against Kenya in 2001. This record was bettered by Sri Lankan opening pair of Jayasuriya and Tharanga in 2006 at Headingley.
  • Was involved in the first 300 run ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid.
  • Sixth on the all time list with 31 man of the match awards.
  • He is also the only player to win 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs.
  • India’s most successful ODI captain.
  • First Indian to score an ODI century against Australia in Australia.
  • Highest ODI runs scorer in the world (in a calendar year) in 1997,1999,2000.
  • Third in the list of hitting maximum number of sixes in ODIs.
  • Second in the list of highest number of centuries in a single calendar year ever. 7 centuries in 2000.

Source: wikipidea

Now thats a decent ,perhaps more than a decent record and i remember his one day average at about 46 once before his bad patch started .

You support him or not  but the moments he gave us will be fresh for every cricket fan . i dont think anyone will ever forget the special moment when india won the natwest series in England . The next best highlight of the finals after the matching winning partership between yuvaraj and kaif was  the way sourav reacted  by removing his Tshirt and waved it 😀 .

I am sure if not for the resentment around him he would have at least hoped to play for a couple of years after all he was back in form after sitting out of the team for a year and a half . Otherwise why would a man who said 2 weeks back would suddenly make a decision to quit .

Anyways I just wish him Good luck for his future .

33 responses to “GANGULY TO BID ADIEU

  1. I guess when media talks they are not necessarily imposing. They just try and give perspectives. After all, it is a democracy and free press is part of it.

  2. Atlest he has got a graceful exit..
    I mean it coould ve been imposed on him by the new bunch of selectors…
    anyhow.. one should rmbr tat he s d one who made us believe v can beat australia..

    Lets salute his reputation for the man he is.!

  3. @ solitaire
    yes they are not imposing. and this is democracy but there is limit..
    we have freedom of speech does that mean we should talk whatever we want …media has a greater role to play ..
    what they show is ultimately what ppl perceive …

    @ karthik
    yes rightly said,….
    I dont know how many captians were agressive as him … only bad luck during his rule was we dint have good pace bowlers except srinath …

  4. It was a sad moment for me when I read the news bout Ganguly’s retirement ..

    I hv always loved him .. he is undoubtedly the best captain India has ever produced .. As far as my opinion is concerned, he is the one who taught us how to win on foreign lands and how to react and retaliate when provoked for no reason ..Tit for tat was his Mantra and that is why he is loved by all (except media) ..

    His retirement will bring the ending of a great era ..

    Dada, u r the best .. U rock ..

  5. Hmmm cricket…yawn!!
    btw what do u think about Tendulkar’s retirement? Isn’t it overdue?

  6. soham
    yeah it was …after all he was the best opener ,the best captian…

    he he .i know my readers are not interested in used to be one of my fav topics to post on 🙂

    anyways coming to tendulakar ‘s case . i guess u have missed the point where i mentioned about sachin …
    it might be overdue but again its his personal choice …

  7. @Would u want the senior players to retire one by one or in a single go ???

    Ideally one by one.

    Dude, I always thought, that he was damn aggressive and we lack people lack him. I am no one to judge cricket performance but I think he is above average. India lacks in your face aggression .

  8. I think it’s time all these experienced guys started to re-think their place, whether it’s sachin or whoever. But yes you are right, they should come to their own decision but one wonders if they are even thinking of it!

  9. i hate cricket 🙂 So well i am not going to comment 🙂

  10. I guess its more of a deal….

    this time we are selecting u and now u announce about ur retirement 😉

  11. i feel bad abt his retirement……..he s a great player& has done so much to indian team…..he will definetely have a great future……we love u dada…u rock..

  12. Being a guy, I feel so ashamed to make this confession. I dont watch sports AT ALL. and even if I have watched, its only because I wouldve been helpless at that time !!!

    Anyway, all the best for Dada!!!

  13. am not a cricket fan.. 😀 so donno what to comment…

    man.. u have so much info written abt him…

  14. though i never understood the technical subtleties of the game,i loved ganguly’s style 🙂 had a huuge crush on him in class 6 🙂 im gonna miss him,he gave India some great sporting moments 🙂

  15. we really need to salute him for all that he had done for Team India – he is still the best captain ever for India

  16. Well here is another one who dont like cricket !!
    anyways i hate Ganguly in special . 😀

  17. yep he’s a great player, indian team will surely miss him.
    But I don’t like him 😛

  18. It was long overdue! But its a graceful exit.

  19. Media has cut cricket into slices and sold it. I dont watch it anymore. Ganguly was special and hopefully he made the decision himself.

  20. He was hurt (not a physical hurt 🙂 ) and hence he planned to retire. Good for him! Lets wish him all the best, for he has been a wonderful captain!

  21. Ganguly’s exit is subtle and graceful. Only hope that it was his own decision…

  22. Uh uh…what’s all this? Sounds greek, latin an cricket…looks english, though…

    Sourav Ganguly…hmmm…think i’v seen him on tv sometime 😀 😀 …he looks a lot like my bro…that’s all i kno 😉

  23. @chirax
    very true …but now we have some aggressive cricketers 🙂

    well yes ..but i guess sachin still has time ..:D
    ITs ok 😀


  24. @charan
    dont feel bad. .he has done so much .,.
    🙂 ..
    indeed we will mis him

    OH..u are the second guy after amit to confess that 😀

    i am die hard cricket fan 😛 … was easy searching for all these 😀

    he he .. i see many girls have crush on him ..:D

  25. @praddy
    yes ..i agree completely 🙂

    LOl ,..why ??

    u too hate him ?? :O

    yes it is ..

  26. dinesh@
    yes media hypes everything 😦

    yes he was hurt..
    he was hurt to be dropped from irani ntrohpy inspite of being in a good touch 😦

    yes ..i dont htink it was his own decision

    LOL …
    😀 all girls are like this
    ur bro ?/
    send me his pic 😀

  27. Did you read what he had to say to a bengali daily? He had poured his heart out. Now fearing the selectors and BCCI he is saying that he never gave that interview? He was always targeted and hurt the most. Poor guy! Am glad that he’ll at least get to play these last 4 matches against Australia.

  28. yeah i heard he said something biut doint know what .
    have to search in google 😛

  29. I agree with you that the media have been very harsh with him. It was almost as if he was being forced to retire. And I even heard that someone had been threatening his daughter, that’s horrible.

  30. @ ish

    i too heard that but how authentic is that :O

  31. Gr8 players have always been forced retirements… 😦
    Can’t help it…
    Dada will remain one of the best captains india ever produced!

  32. yes indeed. ..he has been the best captain till now ..

    anyways..wish him could luck forthe future

  33. Can’t understand why is he made a scapegoat every time! for example after his comeback since the Chappell fiasco dada has been in very good form (except the srilanka series) yet the media pinpointed on his failure and not on the other Biggies.
    I am happy that he has taken a right decision at the right time.

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