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Sourav Ganguly's Final Moments & Presentation

Watch cricket highlights from the 4th Nagpur Test - Australia vs India - 5th Day's play: the final day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series.

Scoreline: Australia 209 all out. India win the Nagpur test by 172 runs and the Border-Gavaskar Series 2-0.

Brief Highlights also available in videos: Harbhajan Singh 4 wickets. Amit Mishra 3 wickets. Matthew Hayden 77. Billy Bowden gets into an extended session with M S Dhoni about where he stands behind the stumps. Dhoni hands over captaincy to Sourav Ganguly after the fall of the 9th wicket and invited Anil Kumble to receive the Border-Gavaskar Trophy along with him. Sourav Ganguly gets an Anil Kumble-like carry-off. The presentation ceremony. Ishanth Sharma is Man of the Series while Jason Krejza was Man of the Match. Sachin Tendulkar reaches 100 catches in test cricket when he pouches Haddin.

Well, Australia threw everything at it in the morning session. Matthew Hayden in particular gave the 382 run target a decent chase. The Indians had a couple of dropped chances by Dhoni and Dravid and an LBW appeal vs Michael Clarke denied by Billy Bowden.

There’s been one striking aspect through this series which merits a mention now that India have won – in the past when India have been a lesser equal in competitive abilities, we’ve seen how dropped catches and poor umpiring have denied the team glory by a whisker (2003-2004 tour of Australia in particular). Ishanth Sharma’s dropped catch in the Delhi test might have changed the result from a win to a draw, but in general, if you’re the superior team, you can override things like bad luck. And India won today before tea.

The Indians didn’t play perfect cricket today – they went helter-skelter for a brief while when Hayden was launching but Ishanth Sharma (in particular) and the rest of the bowlers were good enough to get the result. Billy Bowden – who must have been the kid the theatre instructor laughed out of auditions – was at it again being finicky and dramatic about where Dhoni stood behind the stumps. It wasn’t like there was consistent negative bowling down the legside (which is where Dhoni stood for a couple of deliveries from Sehwag) – none of the experts on air could throw any light on a rule that was being violated.

Michael Clarke walked in with a runner and you can hear some sarcastic comments by Ravi Shastri about the reason given for having a runner – generally unwell.

After Hayden and Hussey went, no one really threatened and 2-0 it was in the end.

Sourav Ganguly took over captaincy after the 9th wicket had fallen and from a nostalgic point of view, it was cool to see the authoritative stride-in-leaning-forward look every time the ball was being delivered, which had gone missing since his acrimonious exit and return to the team. He was carried off by Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman – there’s a funny moment leading into it with Sehwag pushing Tendulkar to carry Ganguly and Sachin (who’s opted out of the 1st 3 ODIs vs England and doesn’t do much bowling nowadays because of minor niggles he constantly carries) grinning away from the job. Anil Kumble was around as he had promised at Delhi and was called by Dhoni to receive the Border-Gavaskar trophy, for a change presented by Border and Gavaskar – in the 2007-2008 series in Australia, the two were missing from a dais littered with the corporate sponsors of Cricket Australia.

In short, a fantastic win for India, but Australia will still be the team to beat until India or another team can consistently win home and away.

Rahul Dravid will plunge into the upcoming Ranji Trophy matches – he should still be in the reckoning for England test series, while Yuvraj Singh should canter into Ganguly’s spot (all that current form nonsense be damned).

So that’s it from India’s best and most useful captain – I remember an interview of Sehwag where he said when he first came into the team, Sourav told him “I’ll give you 20-25 games, but you need to prove yourself within that span.” 20-25 games. Some cricketers in the ‘80s had a fair career that lasted that long. The people he backed are the one’s playing some of the best cricket in India today – Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh (whom he insisted on despite Sarandeep Singh being the favoured selectorial choice during the 2001 series vs Australia – Bhajji was coming off a long period of international inactivity due to ICC suspicions over his bowling action, and hadn’t done anything seriously spectacular before 2001), VVS Laxman (to a large extent) and even Anil Kumble was recalled for the 2003-04 Australian tour because of Sourav and Sachin; Kaif also sizzled for quite a while.

As a batsman, Ganguly played important test knocks but his best form was in ODIs where for a while, he even surpassed Tendulkar – and played some serious big-match knocks. During the height of his powers you had the likes of Hansie Cronje packing the offside and Ganguly would still split them (something he also did en-route to a test hundred vs Australia in 2003-04). The best player of spin in the Indian team for most of his career, his competitive abilities found ways to adapt to short bowling (stepping down in ODI cricket for example to Pollock etc) and he also improved his legside play midway through his career. But the most amazing aspect of his batting career was the determined kind of knocks he was able to play after his return to the team that saw him score his first double century vs Pakistan at age 35, which was the oldest anyone has ever been while scoring their first double hundred.

Though there were other aspects of his persona that annoyed, his passion and guts to give it back as he got are things viewers of Indian cricket of the '90s and 2000s will tend to remember – here’s a bare-chested one from Lords.

Watch Anil Kumble's Retirement Moments here.

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