Dadas’ Dadagiri In IPL Cricket
As Indian cricket is in demise, so is their dadagiri (big brotherly demeanor) soaring.
In the era of gentle men’s cricket in India, Kapil Dev, one of the perfect gentle men of the game, first showed what aggression was in cricket and brought team India in the fore front of the champions of nations. Where Dev left, the Dada of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly of West Bengal began. He is the one who transformed the “softly, gentlemanly” Indian cricketers as a team of mean fighting machine. Under his leadership team India became world beaters and in the process earned love and respect of 140 million Bangladeshis, as he is a fellow Bangali. Today “Dada” is the most hated man in Bangladesh.
After being unceremoniously ousted from IPL last season, Ganguly was given a lifeline this year when he was bought by Pune Warrior, and was asked to captain the team. Pune had also bought Tamim Iqbal, the only world class batsman Bangladesh has produced so far. Tamim came to IPL with 4 consecutive half centuries in Asia Cup—one of them was against India. Pune is presently languishing in the sixth place out of nine, after crossing their half-way mark in the tournament, and they have not played Tamim in a single match so far. Bangladeshi cricket lovers blame Sourav for that.
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If omission of Tamim is a surprise, perhaps much greater surprise is continuing cold shoulder to Shakib Al Hasan by KKR, the home team of Kolkata. Shakib is the number one cricketer in the ICC ranking of all rounders in test cricket, there is no Indian in that list of the top ten. Shakib is also the number one cricketer in the ICC ranking of all rounders in ODI cricket, the only Indian in that list is R Jadega, in the 10th position. Shakib is also the number eight cricketer in the ICC ranking of all bowlers in the ODI ranking, the only Indian in the list is R Ashwin in the sixth place. Yet, Shakib did not find a place in the first two games that KKR played and lost.