Sourav Ganguly is now a fielding wonder!

Apr 08, 2010, 07:09 IST | Agni Pandey

Delhi skipper Gambhir says Dada's direct hit to dismiss him turned the game around at Eden

Delhi skipper Gambhir says Dada's direct hit to dismiss him turned the game around at Eden

Sourav Ganguly is not only proving himself as a Twenty20 captain and batsman. He has stepped up as a fielder too. Against Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium on March 22, Ganguly took a stunning catch to send back Mumbai's young gun Saurabh Tiwary.

Wah! KKR skipper Sourav Ganguly celebrates after running out Delhi's captain Gautam Gambhir at Eden Gardens yesterday.
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"What a catch by Ganguly, What a catch. These moments remind you that he's also a great athlete. He was once going to be a top soccer player," said television personality Prannoy Roy on Twitter.

That match!
Roy does not lack perspective in his admiration for his fellow Bengali. When KKR lost a match which they should have won against Rajasthan Royals a few days before that Mumbai tussle, Roy fumed: "KKR/Ganguly, how can you lose without even trying? Run rate required =14 RPO but you're trying singles? Where's the desire to win? Unforgivable." Doubtless, Roy must have been pleased if he watched last night's 14-run win for KKR.

Ganguly, who scored a fifty too, had a hand in the critical dismissal of Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir the host skipper moved swiftly at mid-off to stop a drive. Ganguly gave alacrity a good name again when he threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end. Gambhir had no qualms in admitting that his dismissal turned the tide. "My run-out was the turning point," said Gambhir.

"Till then, we were very much in the game, needing 90 odd from 10 overs which was absolutely achievable. We got two boundaries in that over and at that point of time we didn't need the single. It was a mistake on my part and it was disaster." If any confirmation was needed that Ganguly enjoys the Twenty20 format, it was done through this comment: "I feel I'm getting younger."  If KKR continue to fight like tigers and be led with passion and gumption, no force can be a threat to their ambition.

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