Before I get too far into a post about his retirement, let me put out a disclaimer that I am not a big fan of Ganguly. Kumble and Ganguly are among my least favorite players in the senior group of 4-5 players who have been around for over a decade. In a way, I am saddened by the fact that the team I grew up with is slowly getting dismantled. Ganguly has provoked fierce debates and probably has broken friendships among cricket followers. Above all he has been integral part of the team that has brought great joy to many in the past decade. I am genuinely sad to see him leave the game. I did not expect him to get out first ball (in his final innings) and had a lump in my throat when they showed a slomo of him taking a look at the sky before beginning his final walk to the pavilion.
Here are my series of posts on Ganguly and his cricket career.
1. Ganguly Series I : Ganguly's Selection & First test Tour.
2. Ganguly Series II: Ganguly As a Test Batsman
3. Ganguly Series III: As a Captain.
4. Ganguly Series IV: On His Aggression
5. Ganguly Series V: Ganguly as an ODI Player.
To sum up, he was the kind of character who was needed for Indian cricket. It was my dream to see India winning test matches and Test series outside the sub continent. Ganguly made that happen. I also respected him because of his ability to do unpopular things. Intentionally or unintentionally he made people criticize him. Intentionally or unintentionally he just carried on with his stuff. Most paths to success aren't difficult but hugely unpopular. Every time, the stupid Indian media toned up its criticism against him - it was a good contra-indicator that Ganguly was on the right.