Ganguly recalls his time at Pune Warriors, says he got the shock of his life in IPL 2012

  • Ganguly recently came out with his new book titled ‘A Century Is Not Enough’
  • Subrata Roy’s Pune Warriors India appointed Ganguly as captain in IPL 2012
  • The franchise had finished at the bottom of IPL 2012 table under Ganguly’s captaincy

Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s finest ever cricket captains, recently came out with his new book titled ‘A Century Is Not Enough‘, where he takes the readers through his entire cricket journey. In the book, Ganguly has also narrated an instance from his time with the Subrata Roy-owned Pune Warriors India franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Having led and played with his home team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first three seasons of the IPL, an ageing Ganguly was later deemed to as surplus to requirements by the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise. The former India captain then moved on to continue his IPL career the newly inducted IPL team, Pune Warriors India in 2011.

IPL 2012 was full of shocks for Sourav Ganguly

After struggling in the 2011 season, Pune Warriors went in for a leadership overhaul and Sourav Ganguly was chosen to replace Yuvraj Singh as captain before the 2012 IPL. In his recently published book ‘A Century Is Not Enough’, the legendary batsman has revealed the circumstances under which he was appointed as the franchise’s new captain and the shocks that followed during the course of the season.

“In January (2012) I got a call from Saharasri Subrata Roy to come and meet him in Delhi. I went on a Sunday. He got to the point rather quickly: ‘Sourav, I have decided, you will be our captain this season.'”

“I was in a bind. A thought crossed my mind that I was replacing Yuvraj, someone who had provided shelter to me just a few months ago. I didn’t know how to respond,” reads a chapter in Ganguly’s book.

Moving on to explaining as to how things went from bad to worse during his captaincy stint with the Pune Warriors, Ganguly has stated in his book that he was always forced to take orders from his top bosses at the franchise and how their constant interference in cricketing matters led to them finishing at the bottom of the IPL table in 2012.

“After reluctantly taking up the captaincy, the IPL auction was my priority. Having done extensive homework, I landed for the auction in Bengaluru. I had arrived a day before to have an important meeting with the management. Next morning I woke up early and had breakfast. As I was getting ready to go down, my doorbell rang. I opened the door and found a pensive-looking Abhijitda standing outside. He said, ‘A decision has come from the Boss that we will not participate in the auction.’

“I got the shock of my life! What was he saying? I desperately tried to make him understand the impact of such a decision. How irreparable the damage would be. He said his decision was final and that we needed to get out of Bengaluru as soon as possible. I would be leader of a group which I had neither selected nor would be able to strengthen,” Ganguly revealed.

In the book, the former India captain also shed light on the moment when he decided enough was enough and that he had to call time on his journey in the IPL.

“The game against KKR (which Pune lost by seven runs) was my last hope in the tournament (IPL 2012). From this defeat, we just went down and down. Ironically, the last match of my international career had KKR as the opponents. We lost this match in Pune and the season ended for us.

“I told myself that I would not play IPL any more. I spent nearly a month thinking about it but the voice within told me that my time was up. I had felt the same when I decided to retire from Test cricket. After a month or so I informed my family.”

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