Dada triumphs at Lord's on Debut - A Century against all odds
***** Sourav bids farewell - an Ode to Ganguly by Victoria-Minerva VM's Random Ramblings
***** In appreciation of Dadaism by Samir Chopra Eye on Cricket
***** My Tribute to Saurav Ganguly by Q Well Pitched.com
One of India's favorite sons, and India's first in the the original "world captain" mould, one of the classiest ever southpaws to have held a bat, Sourav Dada Ganguly "Maharaj" calls it a day.
He will play his final series against Australia and quit after that. Cricketnext.com, Cricinfo
"I have decided to quit. This will be my last Test series"
"I hope I'll end my career with a winning knock"
Sure, Dada, that you will! May you, the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Prince of Calcutta, Sourav Dada Ganguly "Maharaj" rampage among the Australians like Goddess Durga's Tiger! Against the very team which defined and underlined your captaincy and strong character, may you score all the runs you wish to and for us to cherish. May you, against the very team you taught the world to look upon as nothing more than equals, eye to eye, end your career in brilliant glory.
***** Goodbye Sweet Prince by Homer My two cents
***** Are you Unforgiven II by Ankit All Padded Up
***** Ganguly announces his retirement by Ottayan In the Name of Cricket
There will be more Dada from this Indian cricket watcher who admired the difference you made to India. Today you have a Dhoni who doesn't back off, or a BCCI which doesn't cower and mumble under the gaze of those who had made it a habit making many an Indian cricketer so. There will be more, a proper celebration of Saurav Ganguly, The God of the Off-side.
***** The Long Ganguly Goodbye - Part I by Aju JohnIsland Express
***** Not even TADA can stop Dada by Gaurav Sethi Naked Cricket
***** I’ll sithee, Sourav by AP WebsterSpunOut
***** An Ode to Dada: from a not so satisfied fan Straight Points
The man who led Indian cricket out of the quagmire of mediocrity, controversy, division and disrespect, with rare vision, ruthlessness, self-belief and understanding gentleness when needed, he transformed the self-image of India like not even Nawab MAK Pataudi "The Noob" could. The mercurial superman, Kapil Dev, could do it only for a brief season or two. That is the main contribution of Sourav Ganguly to Indian cricket. Of course some would argue for his off-side play or the cleanest, most effortless, most elegant six-hitting ever seen in cricket....I'll not contest those either.
Sourav Ganguly hangs his boots by Suneer Chowdhary The Cricket Fan Club
***** Shocked! by Buzz Arm Ball
There certainly will be more of Dada right through this series....may you, the last captain of India to have held aloft the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, help India wrest back the trophy.
"He (Ganguly) was... constantly bickering over the nature of pitches and trying to influence the groundsmen in India. To me, this wasn't too different from match-fixing, because captains who try this on are attempting to alter the conditions in collusion with a force they shouldn't be tampering with."
"I was "wound up" by Ganguly's continued petulance in being late for the toss and then walking off by himself."
"I saw in Sourav a committed individual who wanted to inject some toughness and combativeness into a side that had often tended in the past to roll over and expose a soft underbelly."
Steve Waugh in Out of My Comfort Zone, 2005
"You don't have to like or dislike him. You have to respect him."
"He's tough and has played for a long time. There are certain things that rub people up the wrong way but that's just him."
"I think there were times when he pushed it a bit far with the toss. It was not only myself. The match referee warned him a number of times not to do it and he continued to do it. That was a lack of respect. But that was his choice fair enough. That's dead and buried now. But as a player he certainly is a very good and it's a credit to him the way he has come back,"
"He has fought hard to get back in there and he is probably batting as well as he has ever batted."
"That's great resilience, great resistance and that's a good example to the younger players. "He's the type of bloke you would want to have on your side. When you see an Indian side with Ganguly in the line-up, you know it's game on."
Steve Waugh a few days before the Boxing Day test match, 2007.
From the man who bore the brunt of Ganguly more than anyone else, including in his farewell match and series in 2004-05. The man even turned the mindgames on the originators successfully! And so from Tugga's tribute we move on...
One down, four to go by Sumit Chakraberty Cricketkeeper
Proud of his achievements: Kapil, and other reactionsThe Telegraph, Calcutta
Times of India