ONE STEP FORWARD, FEW STEPS BACKWARD
The selection of Saurav Ganguly for the test side, ostensibly as an 'all-rounder' is something that has been made on the basis of reasons not related to form or performance. A few days ago, the selectors cited poor performance as the reason for the appointment of Dravid as the test skipper. Now all that has changed.
The threat of disruption of the one-dayer at the Eden Gardens seemed to weigh heavily on the minds of the selectors. The cricket loving people of Kolkata are not justified in their anguish over the non-inclusion of Ganguly in the present squad. The selection in the test team is something to placate them.
The selectors, three of them were completely in favour of Ganguly being taken in the team, despite the stiff opposition from the 'super' coach, Chappell. This is what the press has reported. It is also reported that the selectors were not in favour of Laxman. Now, the batsman from Hyderabad is someone who does not have any godfathers in the Board, the Press or the Selection committee. The public of Hyderabad too did never issue a threat to disrupt the match played at Hyderabad.
The selection does not guarantee the place for Saurav in the first eleven. He is too proud to be content with the task of being the 12th man.
I am a big supporter of Ganguly but at this point of time there is no place for him in the Indian team. Let he find his form and confidence at the domestic level.