He is back! Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly has made a comeback into the Indian Test team. He was included in the Test squad for South Africa announced on Thursday.

His return was always on the cards. He has been in good form in domestic cricket, scoring a century in the Duleep Trophy and then leading his state team Bengal to a win over Punjab in the Ranji trophy. On the other hand the Indian team has performed quite poorly in the recent one day series in South Africa.

With Yuvraj Singh out of the side through injury, the middle order has looked extremely brittle. None of the players in the middle order have come to terms with the pace and bounce of the South African wickets.

India only batted 108 overs of the maximum possible 150 overs available to it, over the last 3 one dayers that they played. Just not enough to win matches.

The big question of course is, how will Greg Chappell take the news? Ganguly and Chappell had a famous falling out about 18 months ago.

“We have selected the team for India and not anyone else,” was chief selector Vengsarkar’s reply, when asked if Chappell had approved of Ganguly’s inclusion.

Read here about the reactions to Ganguly’s return

Other significant changes include the elevation of VVS Laxman to the vice-captain’s position in the Test team. I think this is a pretty good move and a clear signal to the erstwhile vice-captain Virender Sehwag that he has to perform.

Read more about this from Cricinfo here

Cricinfo – Ganguly in, Laxman appointed vice-captain

 
 

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