Ganguly scores a ton...

Courtesy: Varun Gupta / Hindustan Times
There were no wild celebrations, none of the theatrics so often associated with him. Just a look towards the heavens and a punch in the air, as Ashish Nehra, who had fought valiantly to deny him the feat, rushed to his former captain, a man who backed him when others would not and congratulated him, as the rest of the North team followed suit.

Outside the dressing room, national selectors Venkatpathy Raju and Ranjib Biswal stood up and applauded, flashing the thumbs up sigh to Ganguly.

The significance of the moment was not lost on anyone, because at this stage, with Yuvraj Singh not available and the Indian batting floundering match after match, Ganguly, vastly experienced, had staked his claim for a national spot. The prince had just taken a giant stride to reclaim his lost kingdom and in the process, had transcended this Duleep Trophy. The game, now, seems merely incidental to the feat. Tea ensued an over later and both selectors came down the stairs to welcome Ganguly to the dressing room with open arms. It was hard not to imagine that they might have been welcoming him back to the Indian team.

Whether you like him or not, whether he makes it back to the national team or not, whether he consistently repeats this performance or not - you just can't help admire that steely determination of his.

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Blogger omarhaq 8:10 PM

Well - I hope he scores a big one in this game. He is still not old enough.

Though he didn't do too well in England. His average was under 10. That was embarassing    



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