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Posted: 03 May 2011 at 3:52am | IP Logged




Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has been signed by Pune Warriors as a replacement for Ashish Nehra, who was ruled out for the remainder of the 2011 season with a finger injury. Ganguly's contract is for a period of one year and is an IPL lifeline to the batsman after he went unsold at the player auction in January, where his base price was $400,000.

Ganguly will be vice-captain to Yuvraj Singh and is likely to join the Pune squad ahead of their match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on May 4.

"We were waiting for Ashish Nehra's fitness report and ultimately the report came yesterday," Abhijit Sarkar, Pune's team director, told PTI. "I was already in talks with Ganguly and we decided that the amount of experience that Sourav has in cricket will no doubt help the team. So we finalised Ganguly last night."

Ganguly played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three seasons of the IPL and led the team in two of them, while Brendon McCullum was captain for the other. Kolkata fared poorly in those years and are the only franchise not to make the semi-finals. Kolkata did not bid for Ganguly in January despite his name coming up for sale twice, as they revamped their squad entirely, and the batsman later refused a mentoring role with the franchise.

Pune Warriors are bottom of the ten-team league at present, having lost six consecutive matches after winning their first two. Ganguly has an average IPL record - 1031 runs at an average of 28 and strike-rate of 110 - and could strengthen an under-performing and short batting order

Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2011/content/current/story/513563.html

Your take on this? I am glad Dada is back, but I'm not sure if I'm happy he's come to Pune.

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Posted: 04 May 2011 at 8:14pm | IP Logged
As gud as ganguly is i dnt think even he can save pwi from getting knocked out of this years ipl
They havent played to potential n its lil late bring ganguly in now he shudve been selected at the begining

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Posted: 05 May 2011 at 3:35am | IP Logged
Pune are the most expensive team but haven't selected good players.

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Posted: 07 May 2011 at 1:17pm | IP Logged
Pune are expensive and they have the players, but they are in the same situation as the Deccan Chargers of the first edition...DADA might be just the trump card for them...it might be possible that the Franchise has started thinking about the next years IPL and have decided to either keep Ganguly as a player and also make him captain or might include him as a mentor for the players...also they now have a chance of creating 1 upset atleast...if RCB defeats KKR, then Pune will have a huge chance of throwing KKR virtually out of this IPL as well, provided they still have MI to play as their final opponent...

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