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
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
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...
unsub

THIS ARTICLE IS PRICELESS...

To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.


In this article:

More from Soutik Biswas


Latest Magazine

October 26, 2020
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section