Will he be back?
It would be exactly a year since Ganguly played his last one day international. Harare was the location and it was here that he appeared in his last one day match. And after that it has been a rough patch for this cricketer, whom everybody loved to call "The Prince of Calcutta". One of the most exciting batsmen and probably the most toughest captain India has ever produced, this left handed batsmen produced magic with his bat in his golden days. His career has been through a very tough phase and it looks like he would never be able to rule the world like he used to. And with him not being in the best of forms even in practice matches, it would be a lucky factor for him if he makes it to the playing eleven.
I have always admired Ganguly for portraying arrogance on the pitch, and the way he used to carry himself, opening with Sachin. When he was on song, it was a delight to see him attack. The first 10 overs of the Natwest series finals and the 1999 world cup against Srilanka have been my favorites among his numerous innings. And the way he has been playing recently makes one feel whether it was the same Ganguly who provided entertainment a few years back.
With the world cup fast approaching, its very evident that the Indian team would be considering and deciding on the best 14. With a famous world cup campaign in 2003, where they came very close to taking the cup, this team would be aiming to grab the cup. And with probably the last world cup for many of the senior players, the team would be looking to give Sachin and his team the gift of their lifetime. And with such intense competition to get into the team , would Ganguly be able to to get into the team and show the world why he was considered the God of off-side.