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Ganguly, Kaif voted out of The People's XI for the game against Zimbabwe

The message is loud and clear - continued failure is not something the people want to put up with. Skipper Sourav Ganguly finished at #12, picking up 63.77% votes, while Mohd Kaif's popularity is indeed taking a beating seeing him finish at a distant 13th position with just 35.11 % votes.

It is quite interesting that the popular choices to fill those two slots are Ajit Agarkar and Sanjay Bangar. There is also a suggestion that the 66.58% of votes Agarkar polled must be because the track in Harare is expected to suit fast bowlers. Utility man Sanjay Bangar, meanwhile, is the one who edged out Ganguly from The People's XI - finishing 11th with just above 65% votes.

The People's XI for the game against Zimbabwe
Sl.No Name Percentage
1 Virender Sehwag 98.57%
2 Zaheer Khan 97.36%
3 Sachin Tendulkar 95.80%
4 Javagal Srinath 95.54%
5 Yuvraj Singh 95.06%
6 Rahul Dravid 95.02%
7 Harbhajan Singh 90.52%
8 Dinesh Mongia 78.61%
9 Ajit Agarkar 66.58%
10 Anil Kumble 66.49%
11 Sanjay Bangar 65.06%
12 Sourav Ganguly 63.77%
13 Mohammad Kaif 35.11%
14 Parthiv Patel 28.92%
15 Ashish Nehra 27.58%

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The India XI for the game against Zimbabwe at Harare
Sl.No Name
1 Sachin Tendulkar
2 Virender Sehwag
3 Sourav Ganguly
4 Rahul Dravid
5 Yuvraj Singh
6 Mohammad Kaif
7 Dinesh Mongia
8 Harbhajan Singh
9 Ashish Nehra
10 Javagal Srinath
11 Zaheer Khan

Well, the team management does not seem to be in agreement with the popular choices; Ganguly and Kaif retain their places in the team. What must be a huge surprise is that Ashish Nehra finds a place in the playing XI, replacing Anil Kumble. Only 27% of the voters believed that Nehra should be in the playing XI.

As for Ganguly and Kaif, their popularity has been on the wane, a string of dismal performances not helping their cause. Ganguly polled 82.58% for the game against the Netherlands, 76.69 for the game against Australia, and 63.77% for the game against Zimbabwe.

Mohammad Kaif's decline in popularity has been rather spectacular, losing him more than 50% of the popular votes in the space of two games. A good show with the bat at Harare is imperative for both Ganguly and Kaif if they are to stop their disturbing slide in popularity.

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