21 October, 2020

Skipper At Home Port

It's a series they badly want to cap their dream 15-Test run with. But Steve Waugh's buoyant Kang aroos face a hurdle in the slender but stern prince from Calcutta.

Skipper At Home Port
Homecomings are no longer placid family affairs for Saurav Chandidas Ganguly these days. It's a balmy morning in Calcutta and the Indian cricket captain has taken time off—yet again—from a rare 90-day-long homecoming to play for his neighbourhood club team at a tiny, dusty orphanage cricket ground, a few hundred yards from his home in the chaotic Behala locality. For Barisha, one of the city's 36 first division cricket clubs, Ganguly's presence is a boon—the team has lost six of its nine previous matches and this is a crucial knockout game against the eponymous Dakshin Calcutta (South Calcutta) team. Ganguly didn't disappoint one bit: he turns up sharp at nine in the morning, gives out autographs to a few hundred star-struck locals who barge into the ground even as livid club officials holler from the sidelines, bowls his gentlest medium pace to pick up a wicket in nine overs and scores a rapid-fire 48 off 18 balls to help his team sail through by five wickets. "It's good to return to my roots. I last played for the club 12 years ago," he says. That was his first big match. He...


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