Sourav bids farewell – an Ode to Ganguly

I’m shocked. Not because I haven’t been reading the news, or because I’m ignorant, but because I’m a fan. We – and I speak for fans of Sourav – knew it was coming, cringed when cynics suggested that it was already time, spit fire when critics judged, but it is only when that finality strikes that you feel it. We shall shed a few tears today and I will not say do not cry, for not all tears are evil, as Gandalf would have said. Perhaps it is only fitting to quote Gandalf here, as Ganguly has risen from the ashes time and again.

Ever since he first set foot into the international arena, up until now, there was some non-cricketing reason to drop him. And he came back more emphatically each time. It is in this fighting spirit that Ganguly truly embodies the wholesomeness of being a cricketer. It is this very spirit that lead us to many famous victories. It is this arrogance that saw us beat Australia on that historic day in 2001. It is this spirit that has given us a generation of confident cricketers. Not only crickters – Ganguly inspired an entire nation. It isn’t in too many countries that effigies are burnt for one man, or too many times that a jingoistic nation cheers for the opposition team in the support of the man who was dropped from the team and in expressing disgust for the other man who brought about that.

It has been sometime since I’ve felt this kind of emotion. But Ganguly has always evoked such responses from people. There was never an “in-between” about him. You must either love him or hate him. For love, here is my clumsy attempt at an Ode to Ganguly:

Sourav! Whatever you might be to other people,
to your fans you will always be Dada,
The Tiger, fierce and ever so arrogant,
the Maharaj, so Princely,
Captain so adorable
We will forever ask why now, for we love you
We will miss that arrogant shimmy down to wicket,
even the innocent blinking
We will miss the powerful sixes
and the sweetly timed boundaries through
the off side which you made your very own
We will miss the mind games that you have
played so well, the emphatic interviews,
and the media drama
that always surrounds you

We will stop not there

but thank you for many
of your glorious deeds:
for lifting us from the abyss
of match-fixing scandals
for giving us many away victories
for giving new meaning
to India-Australia
for taking us to a World Cup Final
that we still think you deserved
and above all for being a
Captain who among a
myriad other deeds
taught us to believe!

Thank you, Sourav, for all the wonderful memories that I will cherish for a life time. Here’s wishing you a glitterring series against that very team you fought hard against!

Jai Ganguly!

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18 Responses to Sourav bids farewell – an Ode to Ganguly

  1. Soulberry says:

    There was never an “in-between” about him. You must either love him or hate him

    Absolutely true…..and what a touching ode to Dada!

    even the innocent blinking

    Lady…only you could have brought that in! We have become accustomed to certain things in our cricket. In that is Dada’s blink and shimmy…I’ll miss him for sure even if I was given a foretaste of things a couple of years earlier. he was a true general.

  2. VM – that had a lotta gut!
    With time, I’ve had a more dispassionate take on Dada as a cricketer. Yet, it is impossible not to admire him. He was an original, one helluva cool SOB.

  3. Ottayan says:

    VMM/SB/NC

    My sentiments exactly.

  4. Q says:

    Jai Ganguly!!

  5. very compassionate and emotional ode to dada…VM!! great!!

  6. vmminerva says:

    @SB, thanks for the kind words man!

    @Ott, NC, I knew there will be something like this from you guys. 😉 But that’s all the well. That’s what Ganguly has been about. Cheers!

    @Q, I see that you agree 🙂

    @SP, thanks man.

  7. Vignesh says:

    We love you DADA..
    can’t stop crying

  8. My thoughts exactly.
    Good job on your work. I just saw your blog today and will be certinally checking it out in the future.

    Visit my special post on Dadagiri at,
    http://christopherdavid007.blogspot.com/

  9. Trideep says:

    Nice one VM. A very apt ode to the man who gave Indian cricket a new face.

  10. vmminerva says:

    @Q, checked out your tribute. Wonderful travelog thru a great career. Thank you!

    @Christopher, thanks for stopping by my blog. Loved your Dadagiri too.

    @Trideep, thanks man!

  11. Scorpicity says:

    I love an emotional ode :)… nice… Nagma says she is proud 🙂

  12. vmminerva says:

    @Scopy, thanks. 🙂 I knew either you or Ott would bring up Nagma.

  13. […] the Australia series, is over. Yes, India have won it 2-0. Yes, Ganguly is really retiring. Yes, I’ve already written my Ode to Ganguly. But this is a little different and more personal, more rambly and possibly […]

  14. Keshav says:

    Loved it. Thank you so much!! what a hero!! I am not gifted with a great vocabulary nor good creativity, but this is close to what i would have liked to give to my dear Dada. 🙂

  15. vmminerva says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Keshav. Glad you enjoyed it. Nice blog you have there. I’ll have another one to visit often now that I know we are both Dravid fans too. 🙂 Cheers!

  16. Kaushik says:

    Someone like me, or should I say, someone like who I too am…apart from Keshav. Wonderful piece of writing!
    Quite similar – http://cowmaaa.blogspot.com/2008/11/supporting-wall.html
    Kudos!

  17. vmminerva says:

    @Kaushik, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Loved your write-up on Dravid. Keep writing.

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