New Delhi: Just when he was fighting hard to get back in the side, many held the opinion that he should quit the game for he was not his best self in terms of form and fitness. And just when everyone wrote him off on making it to the team, he was there, to fight against the mighty Aussies. His presence in the team hushed his critics and made them eat their words. He hammered the last nail as he announced his retirement soon after his selection.
That's Sourav Ganguly for you! Doing everything on his terms, whatever may be the price.
Not that the decision was unexpected but as an ardent Ganguly fan for more than a decade, it was the moment one never wanted to think of. For someone who grew up with his colourful and dramatic career, enjoyed his achievements, sulked over his failures, flayed his critics, whose heart ached for the injustice meted out to him (or so one felt!), it's extremely painful to even think that there will be no more of Ganguly in India's playing XI. All has come to an end at Nagpur, ironically the place where a few years back his commitment was scrutinised.