Sourav Ganguly: What he’s meant to me

Yes, 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 incoherent.

There is one person I always think of when I think of Sourav Ganguly: my friend from school. If it wasn’t for her, I would never have understood what it is to be a Ganguly fan. When we first discussed Ganguly – it came up casually, as we were discussing the 99 World Cup- she not only re-kindled in me the passing interest I had in Indian cricket then, but planted in my heart the love of a generation of cricketers and the glorious game. Here’s to you, my dear friend, and thank you a million! I may never have thanked you for this, but I mean every word of this. I may have detracted you that I was a Dravid fan (thought I turned out to be that too), may have hid my excitement when Ganguly was made captain, 8 years ago to this very day, but I think you know that I was a truly a Dada-fan (and continue to be).

Ganguly on Debut at Lords

Ganguly on Debut at Lord's

Pic Source: Cricinfo

With Ganguly’s retirement today, I feel a sense of void, for apart from other reasons, his moving also takes away a bit of the childhood that I’ve continued to live to this day, for Ganguly’s India brings to me many cherished memories: the sneaking from school to find out the score, the discussion over whether Rani Mukherjee or Sourav Ganguly represented Bengal better, the yearning for rain in May just to reminisce the World Cup ’99, watching cricket at night from different time zones with red eyes and having to go to a ghostly early class the next morning, that fateful March ’03 night of the World Cup final, the stupid match day superstitions, and many more. Maybe some memories will linger along with Tendulkar and Dravid, but the spirit of the Big Three, the Holy Trinity, the triumvirate, or whatever you want to call that, retires today, though the legacy will live on. Perhaps it was only fitting that Ganguly’s last battle was against Australia and that very apt that he left more people asking why Sourav and why not somebody else. But a fan will always rue his idol’s retirement!

On a sillier note, I feel for not being able to the wordpress tags ‘The Big 3 of Indian Cricket’, ‘The Big Three of Indian Cricket’, ‘The Fab Four’ anymore! The tags will retire along with Ganguly, but Sourav Dada Ganguly Maharaj – as fellow blogger Soulberry calls him – will forever remain in my heart entwined with cherished memories of my own childhood.

Thank you, once again, Sourav, and Best wishes for a happy and healthy new innings!

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10 Responses to Sourav Ganguly: What he’s meant to me

  1. VM – i really enjoy yr personal ramblings on cricket, guess you got yr blog name right!

  2. Scorpicity says:

    Nice… get her to blog here too :)… cheers

  3. Ottayan says:

    No silly emotions! 🙂 ( refer Janakraj – Aburva Sahothargal)

  4. you spoke like a true fan VM!! very touchy…

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  6. Soulberry says:

    But you haven’t told us how she convinced you, Vic! 🙂

    The beauty of reading cricket blogs is tthis. Every blogger has a reson to be blogging. He has interest, he has experiences, which are what make the entire experience of sport richer.

    This special personal, warm, human touch is increasingly lost in the portal entries of today…the odd one may strike you, smite you, but you can bet a 99% of blog posts will draw you in to a story…into an experince. I’m waiting to hear it all Vic 🙂

  7. vmminerva says:

    @NC, SP, Tri, thank you!

    @Ott, I can always count on you to say something funny. 🙂

    @Scorpy, I’ve emailed her, then SMS-ed her. Have you seen that ever-so-common email forward where one guy sends an email to the guy next to him and then gets up to tell him that he’s emailed him. 😀

    @SB, thanks very much. She didn’t have to convince me. It turns out I was on the brink of Dada fandom, and just needed that extra bit. I feel the same way as you on several of the portal entries now a days. There are some nice ones on Cricinfo from time to time, but even they have been a rarity now. Maybe they need to recruit some of us!

  8. Varun says:

    I am a great fan of Saurav Ganguly and really missing him a lot. I got the feeling like I lost someone very special from my family. Best of luck for his 2ns innings life.

  9. Subhankar says:

    I love DADA . I think he is a great personality of Indian Cricket . His inspiration always touch me from heart . I think he is not only a inspiration of a junior cricket player ,always he is a fighting image to every Bangalis & also every Indian . Best of luck for his 2nd innings life .

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