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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