Indian cricket July 8, 2012

'People went for me as I’d become very powerful'

Sourav Ganguly turned 40 today

Sourav Ganguly turned 40 today. On the eve of his birthday he spoke to the Kolkata-based Telegraph on the past, the future and everything in between.

I’d like you to be honest... Don’t you regret having quit international cricket as far back as November 2008?
I do regret my decision sometimes, that I should not have acted in anger. But I did and... That bit is done and dusted... Yes, I could have played for another two years.

Why did you get angry?
I didn’t have one good series (in Sri Lanka) and, when the Irani Trophy squad was announced, my name was missing... I’d stopped enjoying my game because I was thinking about things not related to my game, to my cricket. I could have probably just said ‘Let them do what they want’ and wait for my time.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo