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IPL T20 – Night of the Kolkata Knight Riders

May 4th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL T20 – Night of the Kolkata Knight Riders

The Kolkata Knight Riders was launched with a lot of fanfare. There were dances, music and the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan,who owns this team, was also there to show his charisma and boost the morale of the team And I still remember his words spoken just before the commencement of  IPL-I –  that “so long as Kolkata Knight Riders is playing –  Saurav Ganguly will remain as it’s Captain. But what happened ? The team got a thrashing from all quarters and today is standing at number  eighth position of  the eight participating teams.  Can you guess what happened? Saurav did not perform to his potential Why?. Do you remember that the 326 runs required in London 5 years ago were achieved by none other than  India in an ODI and it was then that Saurav had performed  as he was then committed to the team and later  removed his shirt and ran down to the pitch to greet Yuvraj and Kaif. Please remember the famous dictum – . History repeats itself and one should learn from it.

It is once again a rift between the Captain of a team and the foreign coach. It all started with the arrival of John Buchannan followed by the multi- captaincy issue brought forth by him. And somehow Shah Rukh Khan also relented to the coach’s advice and made Macullum the captain instead of Saurav Ganguly. Do you remember what happened when  Greg Chappel was appointed the coach of the Indian team? Saurav Ganguly was sacked as the Captain of Indian Cricket team and after one more match (as a player) he was not considered in the playing eleven  and asked to warm the bench – eh?