Resurgence of Ganguly


Ganguly playing in his 300th ODI was named Man of the Match for the 31st time in his ODI career. After finding himself in the outer after the Zimbabwe tour in 2005, he has had one of the best seasons of his career so far,  scoring 956 runs in 20 innings. Sure, he has not had a century in a while, but he has more than compensated for it with consistency. Since his comeback he has averaged 53+ and has scored 10 half centuries to boot – in fact he has been the most successful player for India this year. Have a look at these stats:

  Mat Inn Total Avg 100s 50s
Ganguly 21 20 956 53.11 0 10
Tendulkar 19 18 764 47.75 1 8
Dravid 23 20 768 51.20 0 8
Yuvraj 22 20 777 48.56 0 5
Dhoni 23 20 657 46.92 1 3
Gambhir 11 11 417 46.33 1 4
Uthappa 9 8 242 30.25 0 3
Karthik 19 15 287 28.70 0 2

 

He has also been involved in 9 century partnerships in those 20 innings this year: 4 with Sachin Tendulkar, 2 with Gambhir, 1 each with Dravid, Yuvraj and Sehwag.

Of course, his ground fielding is still a handicap and he his strike rate is not what it used to be, but there is no denying his resurgence. He needs just one more wicket to complete the triple of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches, which would be a remarkable achievement.

(Must read: Ganguly’s CricInfo interview)

-Mahesh-

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