Kolkata, Jan 8, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): Fans of former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Sourav Ganguly are feeling quite low as their favourite star went unsold during the players’ auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Bangalore on Saturday.
From celebrities to common men, all were prompt in reacting over the news as they were expecting to see Ganguly don the jersey of KKR once again in the IPL season 4.
“Maybe someone should take all the unsold players and make their own team, Gayle, Gibbs. Lara, Ganguly. Will be fun to say the least!!,” India tennis icon Mahesh Bhupathi tweeted.
“Auction almost as interesting as the matches! But cannot believe no bids for Lara! Or for Gayle, Gibbs, Saurav,” popular TV presenter and journalist Vikram Chandra said.
Cricket presenter and actor Mandira Bedi tweeted: “And sad about the fact that there were no takers for Dada. Even VVS and dravid also looked like they were going to be left untouched.”
Meanwhile South African cricket star Herschelle Gibbs, who also remained unsold like Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle, said that he feels slightly disappointed as he was not picked up by any of the teams in the ongoing auction period.
“bout the auction,just wanna say I’m slightly disappointed but easy with all this.very interestin to see whos gone where and for how much,” said South African cricket star,” Gibbs posted on Twitter.
Besides the celebrities, Dada’s fans from all over the nation also reacted strongly on the fact that they will not see their favourite players in the upcoming IPL season 4 in 2011.
“I will say only one thing, this is simply politics. Saurav is once again a victim of politics,” said Tanmoy Ghosh, a fan of the former Indian skipper, in Kolkata.
“We were not expecting this t happen, we expected to see Dada (as Sourav is popularly called) playing for KKR this season too. He has made us proud over the years. This is really sad.” Tania Roy a student of Mass Communication and Journalism, said.
“This is a huge disappointment for Kolkata and specially his fans. Kolkata wanted to see him both as a captain as well as a player. This is a great loss especially after he played significantly well in the last edition of IPL,” said one Arijit Banerjee.
“It is sad news for a player of his caliber. He surely deserved to get a place in one of the teams. If less talented players can get a chance then how can Ganguly get neglected,” said Ganguly-fan Indranil Dutta.
Another Dada-fan named Anirban Mondal said: “I felt bad when I first got the information that Ganguly has not been picked up by any of the teams on Saturday.”
“But at the same time it is also a fact that young players are coming up and T-20 is completely a fast game suited for the youths so I personally feel that it will be difficult for senior players like Kallis, Dravid, Laxman to find a place in this format at the currewnt scenario,” said Mondal, who feels that senior players will slowly loose their places in this format as youths are emerging strongly.
“KKR shaping up nicely: Gambhir-captain, kallis-opener, haddin-keeper, yousuf, shakib-alrounders. if only had they bought back Sourav Ganguly,” tweeted one Naveen Kumar.