Should Ganguly be replaced?

SOURAV GANGULY is passing through a difficult phase. He is a confident and mature captain and deserves to lead the team. He certainly deserves to be given a fair chance.

Ranjeet, Naren, Angad & Preeti, Pune

THE enigmatic Indian captain deserves one more chance. One should remember that Mark Taylor went around without a half-century for nearly 25 innings until the 334 not out against Pakistan.

The aggressive captaincy of Ganguly, in partnership with John Wright, turned Indian cricket around and his 144 in Brisbane shouldn't be forgotten in a hurry. Ganguly is low on confidence but the media has targeted him — even Tendulkar has failed a lot recently but the media has been liberal with him.

A. F. Angelo, Trichy

GANGULY should not be replaced. Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh are going through bad patches as well. He is a captain with a positive mindset, and has groomed players like Balaji, Kaif, Yuvraj, Sehwag and the new sensation Dhoni. Let us not forget that no other team has been able to draw a Test series in Australia in the last decade and we have to see Ganguly-led India's win in Adelaide in this backdrop.

Jagdeep Murali, Kochi

HERE is a player who is doing fairly well as a captain but poorly as a batsman. Because of his run of woeful batting form, Ganguly has ceased to inspire his teammates and hence it is time to replace him as captain and make him earn his place as a batsman by proving his form again.

In a matter of few weeks, a new coach will be appointed. If a new captain is announced, the understanding between the new captain and the coach will be stronger compared to the combination of a new coach and an off-form captain.

P. Krishna, Chennai

THE question to be asked is whether Ganguly figures among the top 6 batsmen of our country?

The next assignment for India is only in July-August, and it is not possible to pick the best players when there is no domestic cricket being played. The domestic cricket season would have commenced by the time the next international series, for which Ganguly is available, starts. Instead of deciding the future of Ganguly's captaincy now, we must wait till August and see if Ganguly can get back his touch.

Vinay Sekhar, Chennai

IT is true that Ganguly hasn't been doing wonders with the bat recently. But form is temporary and class is permanent. No ordinary batsman would have amassed close to 10,000 runs in ODIs and nearly 5000 runs in Tests in just nine years — five of which were as captain, which is a really mind-draining job. Ganguly has not only been the most successful Indian captain ever but also the most respected among teammates and opposition.

Ganguly has built a great team and backed talented youngsters and the team has just started to reap the results of his hard work and planning. I hope he is allowed to continue and ultimately win the 2007 World Cup for India.

G. Sam Christopher Dutt, Visakhapatnam