Celebrated captaincy: Ganguly's fall from grace

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

The dethroning of the prince of Kolkata and the appointment of Rahul Dravid as captain is a decision that most people seem to approve of.

New Delhi:

The dethroning of the prince of Kolkata and the appointment of Rahul Dravid as captain is a decision that most people seem to approve of. But where did it all go wrong for India's most successful captain? Sourav Ganguly went from captain courageous to the captain nobody wanted in the last few months. Focus on Dravid Arun Lal is perhaps one of the few people who is defending Sourav Ganguly right now. However, Greg Chappell has made it quite clear that he wouldn't be missing Ganguly's captaincy. Instead he gave a vote of confidence to Rahul Dravid. "Dravid has earned the honour to lead the team," said Chappell. So unloved and unwanted, India's most celebrated cricket captain let it all slip by him. Apparently, even Jagmohan Dalmiya, a well-known Sourav fan refused to issue any directive to the selectors. Focus on form and fitness Clearly, form and fitness have contributed to his downfall. Ganguly's missed five tests and six one dayers in the last two years, not a lot by the standards of international cricket. But his late pull out from the Nagpur test was certainly controversial. Certainly Nasser Hussain was as prone to getting injured, but he redeemed himself by going out on his own terms. This is something Sourav has missed out as a captain, perhaps he will do it as a batsman. He owes that to himself and his fans.

Topics : Cricket Sourav Ganguly
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