Ganguly steps down from Pune Warriors' captaincy

Ganguly steps down from Pune Warriors' captaincy

Sourav Ganguly’s stint as the captain of the Pune Warriors has come to an abrupt end, with the southpaw deciding to step down from the helm.

File AFP Photo Ganguly's future role in the team was spelt out by the franchise owner Subrata Roy who said that the veteran batsman wants to remain in the team as mentor only. “Sourav will be the mentor next season. We rather pushed him to play in IPL 5 as he is such a fantastic captain," Roy said on Thursday, putting an end to intense speculations about the impending exit of the Kolkatan.

The disclosure, though, wasn’t without its share of drama. While the rumours have been rife about Ganguly’s uncertain future as the leader of the struggling outfit, the former India captain himself had clarified on Thursday evening that he would continue to lead the side till the end of the season. “No, I am still the captain and I’ll captain for the whole season. That’s about it,” the southpaw had remarked.

A few hours later, however, it was clear that the 40-year-old will not continue as the captain. In what appears to be a compromise formula, Roy stated that Ganguly would like to sit out the team's last three matches for the youngsters' sake. “Sourav wants to give youngsters a chance in the last (three) games," Roy told a television channel. “Ganguly is a fine captain, our team lacked good Indian talent,” he added.

Deviating from his statements in the evening press do, Ganguly said: “I did not want to be the captain but was asked to do so. Now, I want to give chance to youngsters.” Ganguly has been under the scanner for his failure as a batsman in the current edition of IPL while the team's below-par show has also put a question mark on his waning leadership skills.

By his own admission, Ganguly’s performance has been patchy but he said that was no reason for him to sit out of any match, even making light of Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Vettori’s move to do so. “It’s (form) been patchy. I have played well at times and haven’t played well at other times. That’s the way it goes in T20 format. There are other players around that haven’t done well but when it comes to Ganguly there’s more criticism than others. That’s been the trend for last the 15 years. But, yes, I expected to perform better.

“As far as captains dropping themselves, it depends upon situations. Both those captains (Sangakkara and Vettori) were overseas players and you can play only four of them. Vettori had to sit out because of Muttiah Muralitharan, so not a bad choice,” he said.

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