Saturday, September 12, 2009

Standing Ovation for Ganguly

The farewell chapter began with a standing ovation. The crowd was on its feet at the Chinnaswamy stadium as Sourav Ganguly walked in to bat for the first time in his last series. With India Wobbling at 106 for four, it helped that Rahul Dravid stood at the other end. The two, who made their Test debuts in 1996 at Lord's have been through a roller-coaster ride as Indian Cricket shed its diffidence overseas and nearly silenced the cliched "Where is the killer instinct?", query at the press conference.
The First Run
The first run took some time and Ganguly glanced at the digital scoreboard when the zero vanished against his name. He nodded his head, obviously glad to get off the mark through a streaky four past slips. The crowd applauded every shot be it a dot-ball or a single while in the distance, a banner fluttered: 'Dada never retires from our hearts'.
Grit over grace
Pinged on the helmet, Ganguly battled with more grit over grace. Brief but crucial partnerships were strung with Dravid,M.S.Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh. Eventually when he departed, three short of fifty, the crowd rose in unison. The applause was profuse and perhaps it will continue in the second innings here as well as in the other venues of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series as critical chapter in Indian cricketing history winds to a close.

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