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    September 29, 2005

    When a man is down ...

    Kick him, and kick him real hard. The first set of skeletons spills out of the cupboard following the on-going drama in Indian cricket as Andrew Flintoff, basking in the glory of an Ashes win, spills the beans in his to-be-release autobiography about Ganguly being a 'royal' pain.

    Fair enough, Freddie. It is no-one's case that Ganguly is an angel. His stint at Lancashire certainly did not earn him too many friends. Perhaps it maybe more relevant to ask those who played alongside Sourav Ganguly at Glamorgan earlier this year. Your experience with playing alongside Ganguly was in 2000.

    After all, five years is a long time in cricket, as you've found out for yourself over the same period.

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    In short, SHUT THE F%#* UP, Freddie.

    By Blogger Ganesh (29-Sep-2005, 1:05:00 PM)  

    Ganesh: you do realise that these are extracts from his autobiography? These are simply extracts from a book that has already been written. Are you suggesting Being Freddie should be banned?

    By Anonymous Geoff (29-Sep-2005, 1:34:00 PM)  

    Really not going to that extent Geoff. I really don't care.

    By Blogger Ganesh (29-Sep-2005, 2:26:00 PM)  

    Have read a lot about Freddie's views on various cricketers including his own captains Nasser and Vaughan. Freddie is at the top of his game and whatever he says sells today, but cricket as we all know is a funny game and god forbid if he gets into a rough patch, all the stuff he is being writing about may back fire. Best to let his batting and bowling do the talking only for himself and stop commenting about others Freddie.

    By Anonymous Sureshcn (29-Sep-2005, 3:49:00 PM)  

    The fact that there is not a lot of love lost between Andrew and Ganguly is not a new revelation. Andrew was similarly vocal about his thoughts on the Indian captain in his previous book, My Life In Pictures:

    Page 72, Chapter 3, as a caption to picture of Andrew and Ganguly exchanging a few thoughts as Ganguly is doing some gardening:

    “Trying to get under the skin of Saurav Ganguly in the Test series in India in 2001. I failed, though. He’s tough. Ganguly played a season of county cricket with us, but we felt he didn’t get as involved in the team ethic as Wasim Akram or Muttiah Muralitharan. But, as I always say, there’s good and bad in everyone!”

    Page 78, Chapter 3, also as caption to a full page picture of Andrew celebrating dismissing Ganguly, as he heads back to the pavilion:

    “Saurav Ganguly is dismissed by me in the Ahmedabad Test of 2001 and it’s fair to say I’m pleased. Saurav didn’t exactly fit in when he was Lancashire’s overseas professional for a season and he has been a hard nosed captain of his country since then. To be fair he’s also been a successful one.”

    By Blogger Zainub (29-Sep-2005, 6:00:00 PM)  

    Suresh: Yeah, anything he says probably turns to gold right now. So he's enjoying it while the ride lasts.

    Razvi: Interesting quotes there from his earlier book. Thanks a lot. Granted that Ganguly ought to have been more professional when he played for Lancashire. But it is perhaps worth remembering that Wasim and Murali have played for Lancs for a very long period of time. It takes time to build relationships. For all you know, Wasim and Murali could have been extremely reticent in their initial years, due to language and cultural problems ... and in Murali's case he had to deal with doubts over his action as well.

    By Blogger Jagadish (29-Sep-2005, 6:32:00 PM)  

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