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Gulu Ezekiel's Blog: Sachin back with a bang. Saurav falters.
by Gulu Ezekiel
Oct 03, 2006
Though they are the same age, the stark contrast between the current fortunes of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar is food for thought.

There was a time between 1996 (the year Ganguly made his comeback) and 2001 that the two were running neck and neck at least in ODIs, though in Test cricket Tendulkar was always streets ahead.

The first signs of Ganguly’s faltering form came when the ICC allowed the use of one bouncer per over in ODIs. Till then his weakness against the short ball was shielded in the shorter version of the game.

In the 2003 World Cup Ganguly scored a mountain of runs against the lesser teams, but failed against the top sides. Tendulkar by contrast made big scores in all the games when it mattered, save the final when they both failed.

Now as Ganguly cuts a pathetic figure in Indian domestic cricket and till recently in English county cricket as well, Tendulkar has come back with a bang from yet another injury.

He showed his class with an unbeaten 141 against the West Indies in the DLF Cup last month, only the second time he has carried his bat. And he is in striking form in the Challenger Cup as well at home.

Ganguly on the other hand cuts the sorry figure of a man fighting against the dying of the light.

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