With the basement teams clashing in a rather inconsequential tie, there is not much interest in the Deccan Chargers-Pune Warriors game barring the prospect of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly making an appearance.
The southpaw, who was snubbed by the franchisees during the initial auction earlier this year, got a lifeline when Pune put him on the roster just a few days ago. But Ganguly has not been played in the last two games after he joined the team.
Pune skipper Yuvraj Singh had said that Ganguly’s inclusion would help Pune return to winning ways. “Hopefully, he will get us a win. It’s good to have him back. I just feel someone who has been captain of Indian team for a long time can always help the youngsters. Hopefully, he will hit a few sixes with the bat,” Yuvraj had remarked ahead of the last match.
“It feels great that Sourav is playing under me. He has always helped me as a captain (of the Indian team) and now it’s my duty to help him,” he said.
So, will Yuvraj help Ganguly get a few games under his belt this season? With the IPL 4 campaign almost over for the Warriors – who have six points from three wins in 10 games – giving the Prince of Kolkata a chance to redeem his pride won’t hurt them in any way.
If the southpaw is able to recreate his magic, which he did splendidly for the country over the years, then the Warriors will at least be able to go out with their heads held high.
The win over Kings XI Punjab on Sunday night would have come as much-needed relief for the Warriors and it remains to be seen if the think-tank would like to throw Ganguly into the thick of action against Chargers on Tuesday.
Talking of pride, the Chargers too are in a similar predicament and would also be very keen to redeem themselves at home.
Thirteen losses from 14 homes games – five out of six this season – is not something that looks pretty on their profile.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara, especially, seems to have taken the pathetic performance to heart.