Once again, fate has been kind to Sourav Ganguly. Just when he had been written off from cricket, the former captain has found a place in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Pune Warriors India team.
If someone were to chart Ganguly’s career, it would be a series of crests and troughs— successes and comebacks punctuated by repeated rejections. His combative style hasn’t always helped. That he failed to find takers in the fourth edition of IPL even after decent batting performances in the previous season was seen as the final wicket to fall.
Certainly, the past isn’t always a good metric for judging future cricketing performance; there are too many other variables at play. But Ganguly has a habit of upsetting write-offs, coming back strongly each time the tide has turned against him. The struggling Pune team, now at the bottom of the chart, will hope that this characteristic of his career will hold true.