Jayasuriya, Ganguly & Roy Keane
The old guards of sports are finding life slightly difficult these days. The players who once were the kings of their respective teams are finding that they surplus to the current requirements of the team. Sanath Jayasuriya who was a pioneer of pinch hitting in the first 15 overs of Ona Day International Cricket matches & a batsman most bowlers wanted to avoid has being dropped from the Sri Lankan Test Team for the coming series against India. He was not performing well in the ODI series & many wanted him dropped from the team. But Test Match is whole different ball game & he hadn't done badly in the recent past. But he was not wholly fit & selectors decided to try a new one.
And India has already dropped their former captain, Prince of Culcatta, Sourav Ganguly from the ODI team. He was a late & somewhat surprising inclusion added to the Test squad. Captaincy of the both form of Cricket( ODI & Test) has been given to Rahul Dravid. Ganguly's case is very different from Jayasuriya's. He has been underperforming for sometime & he was in the side due to some unknown ( read: internal politics ) reasons. Finally he got injured before the Sri Lanka series and selectors jumped for it. He is in last chance saloon. And if he fails in Test matches against Sri Lanka ( assuming he manage to get in to the side) his future looks bleak.
And Roy Keane has been sensationally dumped by Sir Alex Ferguson from the Manchester United team to utter disbelief of most observers. Keane has been the captain & the main source of inspiration for Man Utd for countless years. But he is ageing & is prone to injuries more often than before. And his infamous temper has not helped him, his teammates or the manager. I think he would have had at least another season at Old Trafford if he has not given that now infamous interview to ManUtd TV which subsequently got banned. But unlike the other two players mentioned here Keane's departure will be felt more keenly by his team. They do not have a readymade replacement for him & the other players could not cover his absence. Although Manchester United has moved on after Eric Cantona, Brian Robson & others. They will do so again this time, but the problem is with Chelsea’s sudden dominance the pressure is much much more than usual.