Hooraaaaaay! This time too Jerry won the battle over Tom. Sourav Ganguly is back in the Indian team to play test matches in Pakistan. But it is unfortunate that Mohammad Kaif will have to sit outside again.
The gravelling situation here is that the man who was left out of the team just 10 days ago because of his ‘bad’ form was included in the side to play a tougher opposition. Ganguly in the mean time hasn’t had an opportunity to prove his skills as a ‘batting allrounder’ to have pleased the selectors and got back into the side. The selectors might have taken only about 45 minutes to pick the squad, but sure they must have spent all those 10 days hovering over the Ganguly issue. They had no other option than to pick Ganguly’s ‘wealth of experience’ as a reason for his calling back into the side. One would wonder thinking that ‘this’ experience had nothing to do against Sri Lanka in the last test match so that they left him out. The selectors might have thought about this perspective also before facing the presspersons. They had a reason worked out for this kind of a question! The selectors thought of trying some youngsters against Sri Lanka! But I didn’t see any such youngster playing against Sri Lanka. If the selectors still like to treat Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif as ‘youngsters’, then it is not good for Indian cricket. If it is all about experience and just nothing else, then they could have appointed Sunil Gavaskar as a replacement for Gautam Gambhir. They could also have appointed Ganguly as the captain since he is the most successful of all Indian test captains. The core issue behind all these is quite obvious. The selectors were under a mountain of pressure to call back Ganguly especially when he had a reasonable outing against the Lankans in the second test match. There could also be a hidden agenda behind these new developments. The selectors might be thinking that unless Ganguly performs well against the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Danish Kaneria in Pakistan, the Ganguly era in Indian cricket could be closed forever. So, even if Jerry wins this time, BEWARE the ultimate winner could be Tom!