An Ode to Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly

The Continuing Ganguly saga

Hi This is the poem which was written by Mina Anand in September when Ganguly was still going. Now that he has retired, this poem will make u remember and admire Sourav Ganguly ‘Dada’ even more.
Read it……….

This is a tale – unfinished so far

Of a fiery cricketer – a lode star

 

An attacking player… with elegance to match

India’s most successful Captain – and in the 10,000 (ODI) runs batch

 

For a man who has done so much for Indian cricket

Isn’t it bizarre he’s always on a sticky wicket

 

For a cricketer who has plundered 18,000 + runs (Test and one-day combined)

Not to mention the 22 one-day tons

 

It’s ironical that he has to fight his way back

Battle the odds and ignore the flak

 

This story has had many twists and turns

But ‘Dada’ keeps his end up – the fire fiercely burns

 

Let’s now take guard and take stock

The ‘hitherto’ Ganguly Saga’ lets unlock

 

We’ll examine the issues – such as they are

What the critics fall back on, in trying to pull down this star

 

‘Dalmiya’s man’ – he was dubbed

Shouldn’t he with Sachin, Sanath, Inzy – be clubbed? (10,000-ODI-Runs Select Club)

 

His place was assured in the team – they say

Thanks to his ‘Godfather’ – come what may

 

Then – may I ask the public this

Whose are the runs – Dalmiya’s or his?

 

Some other ‘crimes’ – charged to his name

Shows dissent – slows down the game

 

Unfit – fakes injuries – late for the toss

Lazy – princely – ask Freddie Flintoff!

 

Some tag the word ‘Parochial’ to him

Ironical that memories can be so dim

 

Wasn’t it Ganguly – the ‘new broom’

(Who swept away zonal politics)

 

Exciting ‘Indian’ talent he did groom

Talent that he picked and backed

 

A ‘fighting spirit’ in the team was packed

He turned the Indian team around

 

Battle it out- stand your ground!

This took Indian cricket to new heights

 

Putting up some of the great fights

(Remember Eden Gardens…Barbados…Headingley…Adelaide…Chennai…Lords-NatWest?)

 

Won matches at home and away

Won accolades for the way we play

 

Then there’s the talk about ‘green tops’

Facing fast bowling Ganguly ‘hops’?

 

From the quicks he shys away

Then how on earth did he flay

 

The opening bowlers in the one-day game

Dispatching them – on his way to fame

 

Some more chat – that he detests

‘Chin Music’ in the Tests

 

May I refer all – to the Brisbane Test

The Aussie quicks at their furious best

 

‘The Wall’ and ‘The Little Master’ fell

Sounding for the tour – a ‘death knell’?

 

But out came striding the Captain bold

Unleashed his repertoire manifold

 

Leading from the front – at Brisbane

Treating the Aussies – with disdain

 

Thus at the ‘Gabba’ – of bounce and pace

Ganguly – to a ‘setting-the-tone’ century did race

 

From the ‘Brisbane heights’ to the ‘Chappell era lows’

The Prince has stoically taken many blows

 

No ‘fair-weather’ friends – his legion of fans

They believe in him – he vindicates their stance

 

Experience, resolve – and the ‘Ganguly’ knack

Was behind the dramatic 2006-7 comeback

 

Sachin-Ganguly-Dravid-Laxman- Kumble – our Magical Five

Contrary to ‘death-knells’ – they are still very much alive

 

Currently the ‘Fab Four’ may not be at their batting best

All credit to a tre’mendis’ display by Sri Lanka in the Tests

 

But if old Hayden and Hussey and Sanath are still around

Why should our ‘younger’ ‘Seniors’ not stand their ground? (didn’t Leander Paes?)

 

‘Out of form’ – is how we dismiss and dispatch

Don’t all great batsmen go through a rough patch? (Ponting is still around)

 

The press doesn’t often bother to tell all

In the minds of the greats – Ganguly stands tall

 

Ask Gavaskar, Boycott, Bhogle – to name a few

His county (Glamorgan) also gives him his due

 

“An outstanding professional” – was the Glamorgan call

He’s as committed as the ‘Wall’

 

Not for power – or for pelf

It’s cricket that spurs him on – improving himself

 

At ‘sixes and sevens’ – but not for long

At ‘sixes and fours’ – is where he still belongs

 

There are few better sights than the southpaw’s grace

“God of the off-side” – is how he stays!

 

PS: I am a long-time cricket follower, a current ‘interning’ lawyer and a non-stop supporter of the Indian Cricket Team. (Particularly of ‘Dada’ and the Seniors). And I am not a Bengali !!

Source: NDTV

0 thoughts on “An Ode to Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly

  1. PD

    Hats Off to DADA….the most successful Cricket captain india ever had (according to me). He has played a pivotal role in paradigm shift of indian cricket…. He will always be remembered not only for his captaincy, or batting ..but also for his T-shirt take off at Lord’s in England and How can we ever forget his bowling figures at toronto (sahara cup) against Pakistan.

    All the best to Saurav Ganguly alias “Dada”

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