India news July 8, 2012

Ganguly regrets hasty international retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain who quit international cricket in 2008, has said he could have extended his career by a couple of years. Since ending his 113-Test career four years ago, Ganguly has played four seasons of the IPL besides domestic cricket for Bengal.

"I do regret my decision (to retire) sometimes, that I should not have acted in anger," Ganguly said, in an interview to the Kolkata-based Telegraph on the occasion of his 40th birthday. "But I did and ... That bit is done and dusted ... Yes, I could have played for another two years."

Ganguly had a poor tour of Sri Lanka in 2008, averaging only 16 in the series where India's batsmen found it hard to pick the variations of Ajantha Mendis. He was then left out of a full-strength Rest of India side for the Irani Cup in what was widely seen as a signal that the selectors wanted to drop him from the Test team. Less than a month later, Ganguly announced his retirement.

"I didn't have one good series (in Sri Lanka) and, when the Irani Trophy squad was announced, my name was missing," he said. "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."

After his international retirement, Ganguly has been in four seasons of the IPL. There has been speculation over whether the 2012 season would be his last as his side Pune Warriors finished bottom of the table. Ganguly didn't rule out playing another season, though. "We have three-year contracts (with Warriors) and I have a year to go ... There's time, let's see."

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  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Gangoli pls go back and take a look on ur age. this is very good time for u to say bye bye

  • Sudipta on July 11, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Why does dada think about it now? He should have think about it before retirement. Nothing will happen now. Again PWI will flop in the next season if he plays.

  • puneet on July 11, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Correction in Dada's name in my previous post - SOURAV GANGULY- knowing him- i am sure Dada won't mind.....

  • puneet on July 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Saurav Gangully was in league of his own- Yes he could have stayed and dragged on like some other folks have done and are still doing but I am very proud to say that Dada was a true fighter and a gentleman- he played with pride and played for pride of the nation- he was the one who instilled and initialized aggressiveness in usually laid back Indian cricketers in new era of cricket. Please don't put him in league with anyone who has played cricket or is still playing. Saurav was blessed to pick raw talent at a very early stage and he will never gave up on them that easy because Dada himself struggled to establish his place to start with and see for yourself where he ended up in his career eventually- He had a vision like no one else- he never blamed anyone- he took ownership- he took care of his team mates as if they were family and he took care of carrying the national hopes on his shoulders as if someone will take care of their parents- Dada- people will always be proud of you. Thx

  • kanas on July 11, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    PLs don compare dada or sachin with dravid, he such a gentleman and a true lover of the sport and the oly player who cared for the team

  • Angirasa on July 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    It was plausible that Ganguly was pushed out by Cricket India. The same people don't seem to show any urgency to do the same to Tendulkar though. Ganguly was right to leave the scene in dignity as also Dravid later. It can be argued that Ganguly's captaincy and his contribution as a player was instrumental in India ultimately reaching the top spot in test cricket. Tendulkar and Dhoni hogged all the glory in the end for what Ganguly and Dravid did. Cricket India should push old players out of the national team. They can't perform well on the field and can't connect to the younger players. They also develop huge egos and commercial interests in the game. What all it takes is for the chairman of the selection committee to give a polite call to the given player and explain that either he would retire or he would announce his dropping from the national team. Cricket Australia did that to Mr Ponting, no less.

  • Rakesh on July 10, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    No point in digging out old wounds Dada. You were great and much better than the over hyped VVS. You were responsible for the never say die attitude. I am sure if you had been the captain, India would have chased down 89 in 15 overs against WI team last year. Asian and specially Indian captains traditionally lack killer instinct but you were an exception. Misbah showed some guts last week as well by challenging SL with a declaration. Hope more captains are like you.

  • Aamir on July 10, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Thanks to all Indian brothers for explaining what Dada means. It does have a link to how Pak fans call Afridi Lala. I must say, Ganguly is a great captain. He was the one who made Sehwag, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Ghambir, Agarkar etc. After his retirement, his "Students", are passing milestones in batting! He can pick out talent just like that!

  • Praveen on July 10, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (July 09 2012, 12:40 PM GMT)....Dada means elder brother. Just as elder brother takes cares of his young ones this guy Ganguly use to take care of his team mates and was authoritative like a boss. This guy is famous for 3-2 win in Natwest series against England where he removed even his shirt and celebrated. He is only guy from Asia who raised voice equally to counter English and Aussies. He never use to keep his head down. A pride of Asia.

  • Hardik on July 9, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Dada, you have made right decision. Your own fitness resisted you.

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