The likes of Laxman, Ganguly and even Tendulkar must look to command their place by virtue of performance and not past glory. Otherwise, it would appear that the Indians are adopting different yardsticks in their approach to one-day and Test cricket.
Ganguly was seen giving his 100 per cent at Kotla. He wanted his place back badly. Such hunger is to be welcomed, not scorned. It has not reflected well of the system, the selectors or team management.
The Tendulkars, Sehwags and Dravids, Muralitharans and Vaas are reasons enough to hook on to the game. We are not counting the Harbhajans and Kumbles, Pathans and Dhonis, or the Sangakkaras and Jayawardenes.
Wish as anyone might, nobody can take away Ganguly's record or the esteem in which he is held worldwide. India must learn to respect its heroes lest they look like pirates who can only destroy a legacy.
Arjuna Ranatunga, perhaps the greatest cricket captain of the '90s, was also a subcontinental icon of aggressive stand-up-for-your-rights cricket. His battle against the Australian media and the authorities for Muthiah Muralitharan is legend. He spok