The return of Saurav Ganguly to the Indian test team can be attributed more to the dismal performance of Suresh Raina and company than to the decent performances of Ganguly in domestic cricket.The furore raised in the Parliament has also had a role to play in his re-entry.There is not an iota of doubt that Ganguly has been the best captain that India has produced in recent times and the wins notched by India under his leadership stand ample testimony to that.Ganguly also has an enviable one day record and among Indian players only Sachin and Dravid have better or comparable records.
The major question remains as to what will be the fallout of Ganguly's return on the players in general and team management in particular.The bad vibes between Greg Chappell and Ganguly are known to one and all.As two mature individuals it is expected that they would be able to sidestep past issues and work in unison for team's success.
The injury to Yuvraj Singh should have resulted in automatic selection of Ganguly but the selectors played a waiting game and now they have egg on their face.Ganguly should have been in the one day squad as he is a much better one day player than a test player.It is not to suggest that the results would have been different if Ganguly was in the team but atleast it would have provided India better options than playing two wicketkeepers in the same team.All said and done, Ganguly still would have to play out of his skin to justify his selection and make a bid for a place in world cup squad ,otherwise South Africa may turn out to be his last huraah !!!
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