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Sourav Ganguly Reveals the Decision Which Forced him to Retire from IPL: Cricket Buzz

Sourav Ganguly Reveals the Decision Which Forced him to Retire from IPL: Cricket Buzz

Cricket News: The former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly’s autobiography ‘A Century is not Enough’ is already popular and a big hit among the cricket lovers. The autobiography highlighted his career off and on the field.

Cricket Buzz: Sourav Ganguly reveals the shock of his life.

The prince of Kolkata has thrown light on his life and cricketing journey though his autobiography. Sourav Ganguly was an integral part of Kolkata Knight Riders set up, but however failed to delivery as player.KKR franchise released dada in the 2011 IPL auctions and surprisingly he went unsold in the auctions.

However, the Pune Warriors bought Sourav Ganguly as their star player Yuvraj Singh was out of the tournament after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and went to USA for the treatment. 

Ganguly writes, “In January (2012) I got a call from Saharashri Subrata Roy to come and meet him in Delhi. I went on a Sunday. He got to the point rather quickly: 'Sourav, I have decided, you will be our captain this season.’”

 “Having done extensive homework, I landed for the auction in Bengaluru. I had arrived a day before to have an important meeting with the management. Next morning I woke up early and had breakfast. As I was getting ready to go down, my doorbell rang. I opened the door and found a pensive-looking Abhijitda standing outside. He said, 'A decision has come from the Boss that we will not participate in the auction.'”

“I got the shock of my life! What was he saying? I desperately tried to make him understand the impact of such a decision. How irreparable the damage would be. The Boss' anger with the board may subside afterwards. He said his decision was final and that we needed to get out of Bengaluru as soon as possible. I would be leader of a group which I had neither selected nor would be able to strengthen,” Ganguly writes.

Ganguly also revealed how Subrata Roy forced him to change his decision in team selection, “We eventually came down to Kolkata to play the biggest match of the season against KKR. The media had added their own angle to the match, hyping it as Dada versus SRK. On the day of the match, I entered the team meeting to announce the eleven.”

“Immediately, afterwards I was told that the bosses were looking for me. It was Mr Roy on the phone who wanted to know about the combination that I was playing. He wanted to make certain changes and naturally I had to follow his order,” he continued.

Ganguly writes about how the season got worst and worst and eventually failed to qualify for the play-offs of the IPL 2012, “I wanted to open in this match and take control right from the word go but was advised against it. I was told instead that I had to bat lower down the order. The boss' idea was that if we were chasing, I could control the middle order with my experience and win the game for Pune. But we lost by seven runs. The game was my last hope in the tournament. From this defeat, we just went down and down. Ironically, the last match of my international career had KKR as the opponents. We lost this match in Pune and the season ended for us.”

How he made his mind up for retiring from IPL, “I told myself that I would not play IPL anymore. I spent nearly a month thinking about it but the voice within told me that my time was up. I had felt the same when I decided to retire from Test cricket. After a month or so I informed my family.” Ganguly writes.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75