The career of Sourav Ganguly has been a distraction to left-handed spinners. Ganguly never respected such spinners in his career. People like Murali Kartik did not play much with Ganguly, this was the reason. Ganguly always played very comfortably to left-handed spinners. This series continued even after the career, when last year another left-handed spinner Ravi Shastri was “out” from the coach’s race.

... Then Ganguly gave open challenge to the Shastri!

A year later things have changed. Shastri is the coach. Ganguly also played here too. Bowling and Zaheer Khan made Rahul Dravid a batting consultant. It was seen as a stepping stone to the Shastri. But now it seems that Shastri is in the mood to take this fight forward. The left-handed spinner had said a day earlier that I liked the Challenges. Bring the Challenge as much as you like.

Now a day later, in an interview to the English newspaper Times of India, I have said that it is my right to appoint support staff. Shastri was asked on the appointment of Zaheer and Dravid. His answer was, “Surely BCCI can bring Zaheer and Dravid in consultation between the middle and the middle. Their experience will work a lot. But as far as full time support staff is concerned, I will decide because I have to work with them for the next two years.

His statement has raised questions. Will not Zaheer Khan’s full-time role? In the case of Rahul Dravid, the BCCI had made it clear that they are the only consultants for foreign tours. But in Zaheer’s case it was not so. It was told by BCCI that Zaheer would be bowling consultant. It was believed Zaheer would be in full time with the team. But now Shastri’s statement has tried to clear the fact that Zaheer will not be full-time.

It is believed that Sourav Ganguly had objection to some things. When the two other members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar took the side of Shastri, then Sourav talked about bringing Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid. It is said that Sourav had objection to Sanjay Bangar in particular but Shastri’s statement is now questioning Zaheer’s role.

As many people who know Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly, they can assume that the matter is not going to stop. The person’s reputation is such that they are not easily defeated. Even if the Sourav has not troubled any left arm spinner in the cricket career, but now the scholars are ready to do so.