• Speaking to Devendra Pandey at the ICL training camp, Dinesh Mongia expresses his frustration on being given a raw deal by the selectors, Indian cricket's obsession with stars and, at the end, threatens with an expose in the coming days.

    Dinesh Mongia is a changed man. From the mild-mannered, soft spoken batsman with a pleasant smile, Mongia is bitter today about the circumstances that saw him join the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Speaking to Devendra Pandey at the ICL training camp he expresses his frustration on being given a raw deal by the selectors, Indian cricket's obsession with stars and, at the end, threatens with an expose in the coming days. Excerpts:

     

    Didn't the eventuality of a BCCI ban bother you when you joined the ICL?

     

    • You can't help it. They have repeatedly ignored me and so they can't dictate where I play. Every player who has joined ICL wants to play cricket. Ask them to play beach cricket and they will. It's their rozi-roti. Tomorrow they will say stop

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  • The chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth spoke to Devendra Pandey of The Indian Express about the series, Ganguly's retirement and the immediate future.

    With the new selection committee taking over just before the start of a big series against the best team in the world, their first assignment was never going to be easy. What Krishnamachari Srikkanth and his fellow selectors did, under the circumstances, was go back to the tried and tested, and not fiddle around too much. The move paid rich dividends as the 2-0 scoreline suggests. The chairman of selectors spoke to Devendra Pandey about the series, Ganguly's retirement and the immediate future.

     

    Excerpts from the interview.

     

    It's not often that a young pacer bags the Man of the Series award in a home series. How does that feel?

     

    I think both medium-pacers did an extraordinary job. Ishant and Zaheer bowled their hearts out in the entire series. They both took wickets on dead tracks which had very little for the bowlers.

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  • I was lucky to have Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Sehwag and Harbhajan probably playing their best cricket at that stage between 2000 and 2005, says the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly in an interview to the Hindustan Times.

    Having been in the thick of things for the better part of his career, Sourav Ganguly was languishing at deep mid-wicket and waiting for the final moment on Monday. It came at 2.10 pm, when the last Australian wicket fell and India's most successful skipper became a former player.

    He joined the celebrations before being chaired out quite fittingly by Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman with Ishant Sharma lending support. Ganguly showed no emotions at his final media conference in India colours, although he sounded somewhat low on energy. Maybe he was making too strong an effort to stay normal. The following are excerpts of what he said.

    On going out on a winning note

     

    To win the series 2-0 against the best side in the world is very satisfying. After the first Test in

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