By Lokendra Pratap Sahi
Calcutta (The Telegraph): Either it was said with a motive, or Subrata Roy, the Pune Warriors India owner, hadn’t been briefed before he made the stunning “Sourav (Ganguly) will be the mentor next season” announcement, on Thursday.
For, a year ago, Sourav hadn’t been keen on becoming a mentor to the Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise which dropped him like a hot potato after the first three seasons of the IPL.
Be it principal owner Shah Rukh Khan or the Knights’ CEO, Venky Mysore, everybody had talked about giving a suitable role to Sourav, specifically that of a mentor.
Publicly, Shah Rukh’s line was: “I’d love him to be an integral part (of the franchise)...”
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Sourav, according to The Telegraph’s sources, didn’t play ball for three reasons.
The reasons being: He wanted to continue as a player (and made the Warriors’ squad as a replacement), felt 38 wasn’t the age to be a mentor (he’s 39 now) and that the Knights already had a mentor in Wasim Akram.
It’s highly unlikely that, speaking generally, Sourav’s position has changed dramatically. However, it’s a fact that he’ll be closer to 40 when it’s time for IPL-VI.
That Sourav hadn’t been taken into confidence by Roy was (indirectly) confirmed by the former himself when he told a TV interviewer during Friday’s match: “Well, I really don’t know (about the mentor’s role)...”
A complete lack of communication on such a touchy issue has left the janata baffled.
Meanwhile, Sourav will be back as the Warriors’ captain on Sunday, against the Rajasthan Royals, in Jaipur.