Eighth Column/ Sourav roots for Brazilian flair
In The City

Calcutta, May 30: 
Till Sourav Ganguly realised he was an absolute natural with the willow, his first love was soccer. Indeed, fellow-Xaverians insist he was quite a livewire upfront.

Sourav, it appears, did have a following. Of course, he himself was mesmerised by Brazil. As he excitedly declared Thursday morning, Brazil remains his favourite team.

“I’ve forever rooted for Brazil and, clearly, it won’t be any different in this World Cup… In recent times, though, I’ve also grown to respect champions France,” India’s cricket captain told The Telegraph from Bridgetown.

Four-time winners Brazil have been clubbed with Turkey, Costa Rica and first-time qualifiers China in Group C.

Speaking a couple of hours after leading India to yet another convincing one-day victory, Sourav added: “In fact, given the flair the Brazilians exhibit, it’s difficult not to be bowled over by the Ronaldos and Rivaldos… One could even say there’s Brazil and, then, the rest…”

[Among the hot-shot clubs, Sourav has been quite taken in by Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. Back in the summer of 2000, while turning out for Lancashire (and being based in Manchester), Sourav actually watched a couple of the star-spangled team’s home games.]

Sourav, however, is unlikely to catch ‘live’ Brazil’s performance in the first match of the World Cup’s 2002 edition — versus Turkey in Ulsan Monday: It coincides with the Indian cricketers’ departure from the West Indies.

While Sourav has always been crazy about Brazil, the one player he really idolised (while in school/college, specially) was Argentina’s mercurial genius — Diego Maradona.

Well, in his own chosen vocation, Sourav hasn’t either been a conventional captain or player…

It’s understandable that in more recent years, Sourav has been staying away from the most popular sport universally. Yet, if the cause has been worthy, he hasn’t thought twice about slipping into soccer boots again — like, for instance, at the Salt Lake Stadium a shade over two years ago.

The occasion, then, was a Mithun Chakraborty-inspired fund-raiser. Not surprisingly, it was a blockbuster.


May 30: 

New-look scoreboard for the Eden

If the CAB’s plans bear fruit, the Eden Gradens will sport a new-look scoreboard during the India-West Indies Test in late October. Plans are also afoot to incorporate a novel feature — as soon as the ball reaches a fielder, his name will be flashed on the board.

According to CAB sources, the screen will also display statistics of the players. However, plans to install a video screen had to be shelved because it was thought to be too risky. All this comes with the renovation of Block G, where fibre glass seats will replace the concrete ones.

Cricket in Siliguri

The Kanchenjungha stadium at Siliguri will be available to the CAB from August for the preparation of the pitch, so that some matches of the tournaments organised by it can be played. The A.N. Ghosh Trophy ties will also be played at the stadium, CAB sources informed.

Md. Sp. encore

Mohammedan Sporting carried on with their winning run in the All India Pepsi cricket tournament at Bangalore. In the senior category, they beat Anand Sweets by 68 runs, with U. Sharma making 70 and Sujit Shah 54. In the under-15 category, Mohammedan Sporting beat city-mates Arun Lal Academy by seven wickets. J.P. Bin top-scored with an unbeaten 77.


Sanjeev Sahai beat Peter Periwal 3-1 to move into the final of the YMCA first division snooker meet Thursday where he will meet Intikhab Ahmed.

Jr basketball

The South 24 Parganas girls entered the semi-finals of the 19th state junior basketball meet beating Burdwan 37-11.

Other results

Girls: BBYS bt Calcutta Good Counsel 62-4; Barisha AC bt Hooghly District 21-10; Boys: Burdwan District bt Hooghly District 40-32.

Telegraph meet

Transworld and India Foils moved into the finals of the Main Plate of The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup soccer tournament Thursday. India Foils beat IISCO 6-0 while Transworld defeated VGP Portfolios 4-2.

Other results

Under-13: Black bt Reds 2-0; Blues bt Whites 3-2; Loser’s Plate: Bharat Petroleum bt Magma Leasing 2-1; Transways bt Usha Martin 3-2; Bowl: ITC Infotech bt ITC A 3-0; O&M bt CA-TCG Software 3-0.


SNOOKER: YMCA first division snooker championship final (YMCA Chowringhee, 6 pm).    

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