A man for all seasons: On BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly

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A man for all seasons: On BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly might just be the person Indian cricket administration needs now
Over the last four years, Indian cricket has played out at two distinctly(साफ़ तौर पर ) contrasting(विपरीत/विषम ) levels. On the field, the squad gained(प्राप्त करना/लाभ करना) heft(अधिकांश/भार), remained unassailable(अभेद्य) at home with the latest validation being the triumph(विजय/जीत ) over South Africa; and Virat Kohli’s men also found their voice overseas(विदेशी ) as even Australia was quelled(काबू पा लिया/वश में करना) in its backyard. But off the field, the scenario(परिदृश्य ) was one of cloak and dagger as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) delayed the implementation(कार्यान्वयन ) of the much-needed Lodha Committee reforms(सुधार) that had the Supreme Court’s backing. That the BCCI needed its share(हिस्सा ) of cleansing(सफाई ) became a grim(गंभीर /भयंकर) reality(वास्तविकता) once the spot-fixing and betting(सट्टेबाजी controversy(विवाद ) marred(दूषित करना/बिगाड़ना) the 2013 Indian Premier League. The investigations(जांच/अनुसंधान) had yanked out skeletons that pointed fingers at players, officials and bookies(सटोरियों). The Lodha recommendations(सिफारिशें ) and the Committee of Administrators(प्रशासक) led( नेतृत्व में) by Vinod Rai, the former Comptroller( नियंत्रक) and Auditor General of India, which was vested(निहित) with the power to speed up the reforms, ran into a bunch(गुच्छा) of obfuscating(मुश्किल/अंधेरा करना ) BCCI officials. But finally there is a semblance of light at the end of the dark administrative tunnel(सुरंग). The reforms have been enforced(लागू किया) and the BCCI with a new set of office-bearers should formally(औपचारिक रूप से ) take charge following the elections on October 23. And, interestingly(दिलचस्प ), former India captain Sourav Ganguly is all set to step up as the board’s president.

Having been the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, a chair he will relinquish(त्यागना/छोड़ना) due to his ascendancy to the BCCI’s top post, Ganguly does have administrative experience(अनुभव). The latest elevation(ऊंचाई/उन्नति) fits into his template of constantly(लगातार ) defying(चुनौती देना) the odds(बाधाओं/अंतर) . In 1996, when he was selected to play for India during the England tour, the elegant southpaw was deemed(समझा/विचार करना) to have sneaked (छिपकर जाना /बेईमान) in through the informal East Zone quota system. His riposte was a hundred on Test debut at Lord’s. When Indian cricket got mired(घिर गए/फंस गई) in the match-fixing controversy(विवाद ) during 2000, Ganguly took over the reins of captaincy and reclaimed the faith of the fans. But his was a roller-coaster tenure and when the acrimonious split with coach Greg Chappell seemingly(उचित रूप में/प्रतीत होता है)ended his career, Ganguly staged a rousing(शानदार/चौंकाना ) comeback(वापसी ) during(दौरान ) the South Africa tour in 2006-07. Eleven years after he retired in 2008 with 18,575 international runs and 38 hundreds, the Ganguly story isn’t finished. But he has arduous challenges ahead as the potency(शक्ति/बल) of the Lodha reforms remains diluted with several State associations(संघों) allowing(अनुमति ) nepotism(भाई-भतीजावाद) to flourish(विकास)_ with family members and friends of erstwhile office-bearers taking charge. Ganguly the skipper had helped Indian cricket go beyond the metros as he backed players from the hinterland. He needs to reiterate(दोहराएं) that spirit(भावना ) while also countering the old guard which may resist(विरोध ) his efforts(प्रयासों ).

Important Vocabulary

1. Contrasting(विपरीत/विषम
Synonyms: conflicting, contradictory, different, dissimilar

2. Defying(चुनौती देना
Synonyms: confront, disregard, elude, flout, ignore
Antonyms: aid, assist, flatter, help, note

3. Distinctly(साफ़ तौर पर
Synonyms: plainly, precisely, sharply, unmistakably, surely

4. Deemed(समझा/विचार करना
Synonyms: allow, assume, believe, expect, feel
Antonyms: disbelieve, disregard, forget, ignore, misinterpret

5. Flourish(विकास)
Synonyms: bloom, blossom, boom, develop, do well
Antonyms: decrease, fail, lessen, lose, shrink

6. Grim(गंभीर /भयंकर)
Synonyms: bleak, cruel, ghastly; gloomy, lum
Antonyms: bright, cheerful, comforting, encouraging, gentle

7. Gained(प्राप्त करना/लाभ करना
Synonyms: achieve, advance, attain, benefit, boost
Antonyms: decline, decrease, demote, depart, destroy

8. Marred(दूषित करना/बिगाड़ना
Synonyms: blight, bruise, harm, impair, ruin
Antonyms: aid, assist, build, clean, create

9. Mired(घिर गए/फंस गई
Synonyms: bog down, embroil, enmesh, ensnare, entangle
Antonyms: exclude, free, let go, release, remove

10. Odds(बाधाओं/अंतर) .
Synonyms: difference, allowance, benefit, bulge, disparity
Antonyms: disadvantage, equality, likeness, sameness, similarity

11. Obfuscating(मुश्किल/अंधेरा करना
Synonyms: baffle, becloud, befuddle, bewilder, cloud
Antonyms: clarify, clear up, enlighten, explain, explicate

12. Quelled(काबू पा लिया/वश में करना
Synonyms: annihilate, conquer, crush, extinguish, overcome
Antonyms: build up, compliment, encourage, help, lose

13. Reforms(सुधार)
Synonyms: amend, improve, rebuild, rehabilitate, remake
Antonyms: break, damage, destroy, harm, hurt

14. Resist(विरोध
Synonyms: abide, combat, confront, continue, curb
Antonyms: OK, accept, aid, allow, assist

15. Rousing(शानदार/चौंकाना
Synonyms: bouncy, chirpy, enthusiastic, lively, spirited
Antonyms: apathetic, dispirited, lethargic, idle, inactive

16. Sneaked (छिपकर जाना /बेईमान)
Synonyms: cheater, coward, cur, dastard, heel

17. Triumph(विजय/जीत
Synonyms: celebration, joy, pride, elation, exultation
Antonyms: disaster, failure, forfeit, loss, sadness

18. Vested(निहित
Synonyms: dressed, robed

Credit to The Hindu News Paper

Sourav Ganguly might just be the person Indian cricket administration needs now
Over the last four years, Indian cricket has played out at two distinctly contrasting levels. On the field, the squad gained heft, remained unassailable at home with the latest validation being the triumph over South Africa; and Virat Kohli’s men also found their voice overseas as even Australia was quelled in its backyard. But off the field, the scenario was one of cloak and dagger as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) delayed the implementation of the much-needed Lodha Committee reforms that had the Supreme Court’s backing. That the BCCI needed its share of cleansing became a grim reality once the spot-fixing and betting controversy marred the 2013 Indian Premier League. The investigations had yanked out skeletons that pointed fingers at players, officials and bookies. The Lodha recommendations and the Committee of Administrators led by Vinod Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, which was vested with the power to speed up the reforms, ran into a bunch of obfuscating BCCI officials. But finally there is a semblance of light at the end of the dark administrative tunnel. The reforms have been enforced and the BCCI with a new set of office-bearers should formally take charge following the elections on October 23. And, interestingly, former India captain Sourav Ganguly is all set to step up as the board’s president.

Having been the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, a chair he will relinquish due to his ascendancy to the BCCI’s top post, Ganguly does have administrative experience. The latest elevation fits into his template of constantly defying the odds. In 1996, when he was selected to play for India during the England tour, the elegant southpaw was deemed to have sneaked in through the informal East Zone quota system. His riposte was a hundred on Test debut at Lord’s. When Indian cricket got mired in the match-fixing controversy during 2000, Ganguly took over the reins of captaincy and reclaimed the faith of the fans. But his was a roller-coaster tenure and when the acrimonious split with coach Greg Chappell seemingly ended his career, Ganguly staged a rousing comeback during the South Africa tour in 2006-07. Eleven years after he retired in 2008 with 18,575 international runs and 38 hundreds, the Ganguly story isn’t finished. But he has arduous challenges ahead as the potency of the Lodha reforms remains diluted with several State associations allowing nepotism to flourish with family members and friends of erstwhile office-bearers taking charge. Ganguly the skipper had helped Indian cricket go beyond the metros as he backed players from the hinterland. He needs to reiterate that spirit while also countering the old guard which may resist his efforts.


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