Breaking news: Sourav Ganguly announces retirement
News trickling in just now - Sourav Ganguly has announced his retirement
. He will be quitting after the test series against Australia.
It is unclear if he will be retiring from all forms of cricket, including book cricket. Remember, he captained the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL last year. Will he play in the 2009 edition?
The retirement, in my opinion, is poorly timed. The announcement means that he will definitely be picked for all four tests. It puts immense pressure on him, and the team. Just think back to Steve Waugh's farewell series
against India in 2003/04. I'm fairly sure that Waugh's decision to announce his retirement before the series definitely impacted Australia's performances.
The other reason it is poorly timed is that it basically ensures that the likes of Kaif, Badrinath, Raina or Yuvraj have no hope of playing the series, barring injury affecting the rest of the middle-order.
Almost exactly a month ago, he declared that he had two more years of cricket left in him
. So what has changed now in the meantime, especially considering he was picked for the first two tests
There's so much you can write about him - being picked in 1992, a comeback in 1996, becoming India's best batsman in ODIs for 3-4 years (despite the presence of Tendulkar), his captaincy, the fact that the Indian team drastically improved its away performances
when he was captain, driving opponents nuts with his own version of 'mental disintegration', the shirtless celebration at Lord's
while continously mouthing obscenities, his repeat visits to the match referee room
, the brilliant knock at Brisbane
, his spat with Greg Chappell
, being picked as an all-rounder
, being picked for the tour of Pakistan in 2006
, his batting in South Africa during his 2006 comeback
, his double hundred late last year
, his brilliant 80-odd against South Africa a few months ago
, and so much more!
Will we hear of another retirement when the series ends?
Sourav, thanks for the memories.
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