Just like in flash, in life too one needs to realise when it is time to pack. But it does not come naturally to a man who has always played the 'blind' and taken his chances in life.
Whether or not lady luck obliges, this man remains unfazed by the risks involved in his belligerent ways. But sometimes it is just once too often. The sorry end to Sourav Ganguly's IPL innings has come as a shock to his supporters, but some would say 'Dear Dada' missed the tacit message which underlined the decision of his own team to not retain him. It was indication enough that the management was not sure about what he brings to the table.
The other franchises decided to play it safe. And one cannot really blame them for it. IPL is as much about money as it is about cricket. Hence the intention was clear, invest in the future.
Anil Kumble, I would say, played it really smart. Knowing that age was not on his side, Jumbo decided to make a dignified exit by pulling out of the auction. Laxman and Dravid too survived by the skin of their teeth. But you have to accept the fact that they are still playing at the international level.
Actually, the hurt is more because most of us belong to a generation which witnessed Ganguly playing the catalyst to a complete metamorphosis in the way Team India approached cricket.
That same fighting spirit and fire in the belly means that those effigy burning, slogan shouting supporters would still expect the man to make yet another comeback. After all, his chequered career in the game clearly manifests his ability to stand up against the odds and his penchant for proving people wrong.
But at 38, and after being out of active cricket for a while, one really cannot bet on another 'Second Coming'. Dada has missed the bus for sure, but rather than trying to prove the critics wrong again, he should let this be the end of an epoch and not allow the hurt to linger.