Huge Politics in Cricket indeed:
Published: Monday, 5 November, 2007 3:36:09 AM
Headline: Battle-scarred Ganguly and Akhtar have points to prove.
When Shoaib Akhtar was celebrating his return to international cricket last Monday with a scorching 4/43 in Pakistan's final ODI against South Africa at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, one man, in a quiet corner at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, was trying desperately to simulate 'facing' the Rawalpindi Express using bowling machines. That India's opening two one-dayers against Pakistan is a do-or-die trial for Sourav Ganguly "is the worst-kept secret in the Indian dressing room". No wonder, two days after Rahul Dravid was shown the door, and on the afternoon of Akhtar's telling international comeback, Ganguly put his head.