Board of CricBCCI president Sourav Ganguly is convinced West Indies star Chris Gayle was hurt by being left on the bench for Kings XI Punjab earlier this season, despite his trademark broad smile suggesting otherwise.

The 41-year-old big-hitter was left out of the line-up for the first six games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.  With the team struggling to a 1-6 record, the player was scheduled to appear for the seventh match but was sidelined with a stomach illness.

Gayle eventually made his debut with an important 53 against Royal Challengers Bangalore that kept the team’s season alive.  Since his introduction, KXIP's playoff chances have been revived as they have won three games in a row and go for a fourth on Saturday.  In analysing the situation, Ganguly praised Gayle’s performance and believes some time on the sidelines may have helped the West Indies star.  Typically an opener, Gayle has been brought into the line-up as a number three batsman with captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal doing a great job at the very top of the order.

“We all think Chris Gayle keeps laughing and roaming but it pinched him that he has been made to sit out,” Ganguly told Star Sports.

“These are the things to see and learn from. IPL is just too much competition,” he added.

Former Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron, who has signalled his intentions to run for the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman, says his bid represents the interests of the smaller cricketing nations.

During an interview on the ‘Good Morning Jojo Sports Show’, Cameron said even if his bid was not successful it would be his hope that successor to Shashank Manohar, would share his zeal for eradicating the economic disparity between big and small cricketing nations.

By big, Cameron spoke of Cricket Australia (CA), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“The system which exists within the ICC needs to be changed and I was there challenging that,” said Cameron.

According to Cameron, media rights is the arena in which the big three make a killing, to the exemption of smaller cricketing nations like the West Indies.

“Australia’s media rights for six years is 1.2 billion Australian dollars, the BCCI media rights for five years is 950 million for the international rights and 2.5 billion for IPL and the West Indies Cricket Board, if we’re lucky, will get about 50 million for the next five years,” he said.

With the much more open nature of access to information, Cameron believes ICC members like the West Indies must struggle to meet the demands of professional cricketers under the present conditions.

“What is happening to us is that our players are demanding to get paid the way Indian players, the Australian players and the English players are paid, and they’re right; they are doing the same amount of work but we are in different economies,” Cameron explained.

Cameron’s bid for ICC Chairman is timely, and he explains that timeliness in terms of having a seat at the table before there is another apportioning of media rights and the like that will disproportionately be split up.

“If we don’t do it now we are going into another eight-year cycle of ICC rights from 2023 to 2031 and I guarantee you that within three to five years, West Indies cricket and West Indies cricket players would be extinct,” he said.

“Don’t select me as chairman but make sure we select someone who’s willing to make changes within the ICC,” he said.

Manohar stepped down from the role of ICC Chairman just this month, with Singapore’s Imran Khawaja filling the post on an interim basis.

Khawaja, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, and England’s Colin Graves are the men who Cameron wishes to challenge.

Graves has, for a long time, been touted as favourite to take over the role.

Sourav Ganguly made his ODI debut for India in a six-wicket loss to the West Indies. Batting at number six Ganguly scored only three runs as India succumbed to the West Indies bowling for 191 in 48.3 overs.

Moved up and down the order as the needs demanded, Ganguly had some measure of success early on with scores of 46 against England in May 1996 and 59 against Australia in September that year. However, after being moved up the order permanently to open the batting along with Sachin Tendulkar, the pair formed one of the most destructive opening partnerships in history.

He scored his maiden ODI century in 1997, 113 against Sri Lanka. Later in the year, he won four consecutive man-of-the-match awards, in the Sahara Cup against Pakistan. During the third final of the Independence Cup at Dhaka in January 1998, India successfully chased down 315 off 48 overs, and Ganguly won the Man of the Match award.

During the 1999 World Cup in England at Taunton, Ganguly scored 183 from 158 balls and hit 17 fours and seven sixes. It was the second-highest score in World Cup history and the highest by an Indian in the tournament.

His partnership of 318 with Rahul Dravid is the highest overall score in a World Cup and is the second-highest in all ODI cricket.

By the time he played his last ODI against Pakistan in November 2007, Ganguly had scored more than 11,000 ODI runs that included 22 centuries and 72 50s to become one of India’s greatest ODI batsmen.

 

Career Statistics

Name: Sourav Ganguly

Born: July 8, 1972, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal

Major teams: India, Asia XI, Bengal, East Zone, Glamorgan, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, Pune Warriors

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Height: 5 ft 11 in

 

ODI Career: India (1992-2007)

Mat        Inns       NO         Runs      HS     Ave        BF           SR           100s        50s           4s           6s              

311         300        23          11363    183     41.02     15416      73.70          22          72             1122      190 

 

Career Highlights

  • 2nd fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs
  • 8th highest run-scorer in ODI history and 2nd among Indians
  • Only cricketer to win 4 consecutive man-of-the-match awards in ODIs
  • One of five to have 10,000 runs, 100 wickets & 100 catches in ODIs
  • 1st player to score 3 centuries in the history of ICC Champions Trophy
  • Highest score by an Indian batsman at the World Cup (183)
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