India news July 8, 2012

Ganguly regrets hasty international retirement

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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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  • 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.94 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_usa 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_usa 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

  • Htc-Baseball 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

  • FarSight 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.

  • Haleos 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.

  • ExplicitPlatinum 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!

  • praveen4honestremark 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.

  • CaptainKool on July 9, 2012, 23:21 GMT

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

  • 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.94 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_usa 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_usa 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

  • Htc-Baseball 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

  • FarSight 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.

  • Haleos 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.

  • ExplicitPlatinum 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!

  • praveen4honestremark 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.

  • CaptainKool on July 9, 2012, 23:21 GMT

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

  • agupta429 on July 9, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @explicit platinum,

    DADA is a term for 'Elder Brother' in Bengali. many bengali singers from Bollywood also were referred with the same endearing term. Eg: Kishore Da, Bappi Da. 'Da being short for Dada'

  • TheGame666able on July 9, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    That's funny because i thought he retired 4 years too later given that he has scored 1 hundred between 2003 and 2007!

  • bored_iam on July 9, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @Amin Nasrullah: The issue was not that he was scoring runs. Amongst other things, it was the rate at which he scored, often eating up a lot of balls, for example. Statistically, he was amongst the Pune Warriors most successful batsman this season (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6680;team=4787;type=tournament). But honestly, was he doing the team any good?

    There was a sense of "I have to prove something to the world" when he came back. And thats the problem. His attitude wasnt that of "I want to win for my team". And thats where he lost it.

    It immensely saddens me that this man is now embarassing himself in the IPL. Especially because he was one of India's finest captains, and arguably one of the best left handers to have played the game, after Lara. But the attitude post 'comeback' was a bit of a downer. And justified his exit.

  • bored_iam on July 9, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum: "Dada" is Bengali for 'Elder Brother'. So he's basically has it since he became "The Prince of Calcutta".

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    I think someone needs to remind DADA fans about how he chickened out of the nagpur test because of the pitch!! Also someone said he saved wall's career, man that's really funny!! You are the only one on the entire world to say that

  • the_wallster on July 9, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    So he is basically saying he put himself over his country?

  • eZoha on July 9, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    As far as I can remember, Ganguly was statistically the best batsman for Indian test team for two years leading upto his retirement, and that too with Laxman, Dravid and Sachin in the team. There was huge pressure to vacate a place for Yuvi or Raina and the selectors choose Ganguly as the fall guy after a bad series. Yuvi, Raina and co, however, failed to vindicate the selectors' decision and Ganguly's place was still vacant until Kohli's performance got some attention in Australia.

  • Riderstorm on July 9, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Comeon Mr. Ganguly, your time in intl. cricket was up way before you retired. There is a lot of respect for you since retirement with the way you've handled yourself. IPL career was one of your stupid decisions, non-performance and bickering with ocassional brilliance. Now this, please end this conversation here itself sir.

  • Muhtasim13 on July 9, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I think that its the selectors' responsibility to drop players when they are in poor form. And that is something which the Indian selectors have failed to do over the last few years.

  • on July 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    He is just 40 years old we accept 40 is just a number but his fitness is like 60 years old man. He unable to run and unable to rotate the ball and even he hasn't face fast ball he is very nervous at all time. He was lost his strength and everything then why he is trying to prove a ........?

  • on July 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Right, but the World knows that BCCI was not letting him make his way back in international cricket, I still remember that he was Still Scoring in Domestic very well and there was an article published on CRICINFO in which Ganguly asked "What it takes more to Impress Selectors" the days when Ganguly was performing. To me, if Sachin can play till now, Ganguly can also play in all formats of the game because his Strike rate is better than many other international players and he is an All-rounder. He is a Legend and will remain a Legend. Amin - from Pakistan

  • on July 9, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Once you are out of international cricket, it's obvious that you don't put in as much effort..not at the international level at least..

    I doubt that any of the people commenting here know that out of his 22 hundreds, 18 have been scored outside India.

    He wasn't incapable of playing the short ball. It did become his weakness, leading to him being sacked..but when he came back..he did it with a bang..

    Does anyone here know that in the final year when he retired, he was the highest run-getter in the world in test matches with 1400 runs with an average of 46.67??

    Also when he retired from ODI's he was the fourth highest run-getter for that year with 1240 runs at an average of 44.28

    These figures only tell us that he still had it in him to carry on. I was disappointed with his decision, as I am with Dravid's decision, but then it's his personal decision and every player has the right to take it.

    I am more of a Sachin Tendulkar fan, but this man also deserves a lot of respect..

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 9, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    I'm a Pak fan and I was hoping if anyone could answer my question. How did Ganguly get the nickname "Dada" and what does it mean?

  • nair_ottappalam on July 9, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    The only wise decision he made during his international career was bowing out of international cricket

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    TIMTOM is very right. He seems to be a vivid cricket follower. No confusion that Saurav is an Indian great, but indeed, he has lost his ways since 2005. Had he not announced his retirement, he had been sacked for Australia series in 2008.

  • on July 9, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Ganguly should first ask himself how many match winning innings or centuries he has scored in club / Ranji cricket after he retired from International cricket. He was a spent force for over 5-6 years he was not a good performer, he was dragging his feat, he was always into issues other than cricket with the board. Good to see him outside the ground than in the pitch now. It is time Laxman too gets the boot. Dravid was the best player after Sachin & a gentleman (though too meek at times) he deserved to get an exit as he wanted.

  • Naresh28 on July 9, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Our senior players are sending wrong signals to young cricketers. To me 35 yrs should be the max for these players. Going behond does not make sense. Its the fielding and team spirit that suffers. These aged players have given their best for their country and we are proud of them. Maybe we should have a new tournament that has 35-40yr old's playing in their own league.

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Mozenrath Tabaqi: Do you even know that apart from the 100 in brisbane, Ganguly did absolutely nothing in 2003,04,05 and 06?? And you talk about Dravid being out of form??

  • timtom on July 9, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Agreed public memory is short but not that short to not remember what has happened in last 6 yrs in cricket... Your time was up by 2005 ...that you extended another 3 years by whining, creating camps and what not is still vivid.. It was a big relief that u finally chose to retire but alas short lived by IPL.. And again it was to no one`s surprise that your team ended up last consistently in all editions. As a big fan of yours it really hurts that lessons are still not learnt...even after 4 yrs of retiring from intl cric... Had this statement been made in another 15 yrs it wud have cut with next generation....

  • sportofpain on July 9, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    There is no doubt that he could have played on. In his last series against the aussies he got a century and in his final test scored a fine 84. So he was in cracking form. Wasn't it just the season before that he scored 238 against Pakistan?

    People who criticize him somehow don't like him- it was never about his ability which was apparent for all to see. If anything he underachieved given his tremendous talent- and that might be his biggest regret since he could easily ahve been a 20+ hundred man with an average closer to 50.

    It's ok though Dada - life goes on. You played 113 tests, scored 7000 plus runs, Captained India with rare distinction so you can hold your head up high.

  • on July 9, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    yaa.. he could have, considering the fact that the no.6 slot s stil up fr grabs (assuming kohli vl take the no.3 slot)..and dada was playing good cricket then..in dat srilanka series, evry one except sehwag had troubles against mendis..even sachin.... bt dada n kumble gt one thing... they gt a chance to end their career on a high..winning against australia 2-0.... bt dravid was in poor form in his last series and he ended up in a losing team..that too 0 - 4... am nt comparing the talents of dravid n dada... dravid s much more talented than dada... bt definitely dada s much much better than raina,yuvraj,rohit sharma in tests...

  • vatsap on July 9, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Rightly said ... I think we missed 2-3 years of dada. His last 10 Test innings show that he was in excellent form and it was just petty politics that pushed him out. Look at some of the other seniors who have been scoring in single digits in the the England and Australia series. Double standards against our Dada.

  • on July 9, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    @PerfectTen long rope? For your information, he was the reason for India not losing to SA at home 6 months before the SL series. check the scorecard of the infamous Kanpur test 2008. there was no SRT then. he played a bigger role in the win in Eng 2007 even with the ball.DRAVID WAS MISERABLE FOR 3 Years 2007,2008,2010 specially , even he should have retired then.

  • on July 9, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    I dont think ganguly should hav played on because at the time they needed to look at some youngsters for the future, all the big 4 were taking all the spots in the middle order so eventually one had to go, now dravid is also retired

  • SamRoy on July 9, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Yes, Sourav could have and retired like Laxman and Dravid in disgrace. Moreover, Sourav wasn't as accomplished as Dravid and Laxman (Laxman towards the end of his career) were and that would have been even bigger disgrace. Both Sourav and Kumble called quits at the right time and left the game near the peak of their game.

  • PerfectTen on July 9, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    LOL!!! Man, you're doubting the sanest decision you took after years of club-class cricket in Indian colours. You should be grateful to BCCI for providing you with an opportunity to bow out gracefully (I don't mean it though). If you had continued, you would have been the first to get the AXE for non-performance long before you actually exited. You got a long rope & be happy for it.

  • asithaSL on July 9, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Dada was amazing cricketer, I still remember the inning he played against us(SL), 183 or lyk tht in England 2003 WC. He didnt afraid to any bowler, he comes down d track 4 world class spinners anytime.., such a brave character he is.. Love the way he played............. Love to see him again n again.. but, time is changing everythng., So, best thing is the memories he left in his grate career . We salute U sir...!!

  • Semoli on July 9, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Really!! what else are you thinking?

  • Cric_Tic on July 9, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    I respect Ganguly for his stern captaincy and the way he evolved the indian team to world beaters. He retired at right time and dont have to feel this way. His form was poor along with his fitness levels and it was appropriate that he stepped down. We will alws respect this great player who always carried self belief with him and the team.. to WIN. His successor Dhoni also has done well to carry the legacy.

  • Joby_George on July 9, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Sourav was 2 years late in announcing his retirement. I can't realize that why the players in the subcontinent stick on to play as long as they can? See Kevin Peterson, Chris cairns, Micheal Bewan, Gil Christ etc. I cant remember any Indian player except Javgal Srinath and Rahul Dravid (surely Dravid had much more years of cricket left in him) retired himself at correct time. Ganguly was lucky to play until 2008 the same was as he was lucky to become the captian back in 2000.

  • on July 9, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Please Dada,Stop make idiosyncratic statements like this and Bhajji can captain India etc.Retire with grace from all cricket and be a good administrator.

  • on July 9, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    DADA was tortured to the core.. If he`s out of form for a series then what about Raina ,Rohit and Jadeja ( Other than IPL they can`t have success anywhere)

    Even in IPL they can`t go against Steyn.. Always search for a weak link and try to exploit the inexperience of youngsters.. I`m a CSK fan but can surely tell that Ganguly ( who retired 4 years ago from Intl Cricket) played better than MSD , Raina and Jadeja ( Who almost play cricket throughout the year ) and failed to deliver against quality bowling

  • venkatesh018 on July 9, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    This is the difference between players like Rahul, Kumble and Ganguly. While the first two are real gentlemen and always had an eye on the bigger picture and the long-term welfare of Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly has always had a selfish streak in him. I am not deriding the achievements of Ganguly, but simply pointing out his nature.

  • thalalara on July 9, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Happy B'Day Sourav, sorry to say that this is typical of Sub-Continent players attitude for playing for 15 yrs and above and still not being satisfied. Take Pietersen for example, he is just 32, peak of his career quit from ODIs. I think in any form of cricket in today's standard KP will be in the top 3 ranking.

  • on July 9, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Love u dada and belated happy bday..irrespective what anyone says about you i know that i enjoyed watching you play the very last ball you played and everyone who is saying that at the time of your retirement your fitness wasn't upto the mark then they should go and check the fitness of some other seniors at that time along with the batting performance stats will answer every thing.you were the one who took the responsibility as the CAPTAIN when the so called greats of our cricket left it for their own sake and interest.but you came forward with the initiative without caring for your own career and who knows if you would be selfish like others you might have greater record than them without the extra responsibility.you saved the career of one of the senior by giving him gloves to keep the wicket when he was not being selected for his batting and now that person is said to be better than you.these all people just don't get what you have done for them and they never will.who cares.LU

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    @mysecretme: ha ha ha that tickles bro!! Sourav was the only bright spot in the ipl for pune?? and you want better players than Uthappa pandey ryder smith thomas and matthews?? Do you even realize that Deccan Rajasthan and punjab had the worst teams?? Wow all we saw from him was foolish captaincy, awful presence on the field and one of the worst batting performances, he finished with a strike rate of 98!! Remember??

  • KiwiRocker- on July 9, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Fair enough..If a Non Performer like Tendulya who averaged 18 in test matches last year can still hang around then why not a decent player like Ganguly? BCCI will be wise to set a player retirement age limit at 65!...as Indian selectors are a toothless bunch that lack courage and conviction to make hard calls like Australian or even Pakistani selectors...They prolonged worthless career of Kapil Dev to ensure poor man gets 400 wickets and same is happening with tendulya who has become bigger than the game itself!

  • Narbavi on July 9, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Ha ha come on guys, what's there to be surprised?? If you had followed Indian cricket closely and also Saurav's career then you would have probably realized that this statement was coming, this man is just pathetic, it was clearly evident when he wanted to play in the ipl despite not doing well, despite being ignored in the auctions, and look at the last statement, he still wants to play in it, and if you people remember, few yrs back he said he would quit ipl after the third season and now look where he is!! WOW!! Talk about spoiling your reputation time and time again!!

  • natasrik on July 9, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    To me few reasons for ganguly to regret: First and foremost is that Dravid and Yuvraj name has been submitted for the award. Which shows jealousy on the part of Ganguly. The term "JEALOUSY" was recently in the picture.... Greg Chappel's recent interview. Second reason probably could be Sachin keeping everybody at bay as far as ODI's are concerned and his policy of pick and choose the series. It could be anybody's guess if Ganguly was thinking in those lines that by extending his career he could have been in the nominees list.

  • on July 9, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Another useless Cricketer, just like most Indian batsman, who can only play on flat pitches. Dravid is the only Indian batsman, who is at least decent. No wonder, Indian batsman gets hammered whenever they visit Australia or England.

  • Shankar_Chennai_TCS on July 9, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Dadaji......I'm a great fan of you but the actual fact is you could have retired by a couple of years earlier.

  • satish619chandar on July 9, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    The main difference between Sachin and Dada is, Sachin can play as a player and under any captain - Even Bhajji.. But Dada can't.. That was the thing Dada missed.. Dada did play under Dravid and Dhoni but we can really say that everything was not as he was under the charge.. I guess Dada retired at the best time he could have.. Already his extended IPL career is now getting people against him..

  • BoseDeeKay on July 9, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Sourav Dada... please do not get carried away! We greatly appreciate what you did for Indian cricket and that will never be forgotten. But honestly speaking your time was up even before you announced your retirement. I think you did yourself and the country a favour by announcing your retirement. Please let the cricket loving public relish the moments after your departure and do not try to take those moments away from us by making comments like this and with your idiosyncrasies!

  • on July 9, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Unbelievable...!

  • praveen4honestremark on July 9, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Is Sachin a inspiration for you in thinking like this?? Don't even think like this Sir. It was time to get down and you got down at right time. Your fitness was becoming pathetic and loop holes in your batting were explored and you were ageing. You took a good decision. I have lots of respect for you. The way you shaped Indian cricket and gave it belief that we can win anywhere with your captaincy and brave attitude is what i like most. Even Cricket in Bengal has benefited from you. You are nations pride. The way you used to hit spinners out of the park was like a spectacle to be watched.But please don't get into this IPLand play; you have to be realistic about your fitness.

  • SanjivAwesome on July 8, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    You were an inspirational and tough leader that India needed at that time. You were technically flawed in your batting and tactically flawed in decision making. You left Team India at the right time. Happy birthday!

  • Indralipika on July 8, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Hello Saurav, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. I live in Canada and follow your brand of cricket since your historic debut at Lords in 1996. You made the country proud with your maiden TON in Lords. In 2010 I was fortunate to meet you at Lords when you captained Team MCC against Pakistan. As the stats prove - you have been the best captain India has ever produced. You are also given the credit of laying the foundation of the present world-cup winning team - Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan - to name a few. Your recent impact to world cricket was felt when during the only appearance at Eden Gardens in 2012 - during IPL - you were instrumental in drawing world record spectators for a club match - over 65,000. When the Great Sachin Tendulkar would be remembered - it will be incomplete without remembering you - world record of : 1) century partnerships,2)opening partnership and 3)most number of century partnerships. Above all you will be remembered as an exemplary LEADER...... Indranil Chaudhury, Canada

  • mysecretme on July 8, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    The only reason I saw pune's matches last season was because Dada was playing. Pune could've easily won some more if they had a couple of good players. As it is, Ganguly and Smith were the only bright spots. Ryder was his inconsistent self and apart from one match, Samuels used his ipl stint as a practice board for WI cricket recall. As to bowling, Parnell was the pick whereas Nehra was diappointing (Parnell is a fan of Nehra btw). Towards the end, Clarke tried really hard, but 20-20 is not his format. The only minus I find from Ganguly is that he did not try Tamim. Apart from that, he tried to use his resources, but was hampered by the lack of success from Indian players- especially Uthappa. Angelo Mathews was also a big disappointment. --- I do believe that DADA has one more year. But he needs to decide if he really wants to play with all these shenanigans about his form, his career etc. from all his critics. IMO, he needs to have one more roar in this ipl and retire after that.

  • QingdaoXI on July 8, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly you were a great Indian Batsmen and skipper, but you were. So it is kind request to you dont play now in IPL , because you are not the same saurav which we were used to see during late 90's and early 00's . By playing the IPL you are deteriorating your image which you have create on our mind. If you play in the same way new generation will only remember you as struggling cricketer and all the hard work which you have done in the past will go away. Best of Luck for your future , you can be a good administrator. I know what you will do with Dhoni if you became the selctor, ha ha ha.

  • Desihungama on July 8, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Dada- India's 2011 WC win was devoid of one thing and that was you. You built that team and you should have been part of the glory. You've always been a true cricketer and a fighter and we dearly miss you. Had we had the man half a character of yours the team I support Pak would have won more world cups.

  • HyderabadiFlick on July 8, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Ganguly IPL3 Kolkata bottom of the table, Ganguly IPL5 PWI bottom of the table, My prediction Ganguly IPL6 with Kochi Tuskars as a late entry and reentry respectively and the result will be bottom of the table. :) Why is he dragging his stay in Indian cricket as a player. And we all know how good his fitness and fielding ability was for India and is in IPL. Man! please go out with respect like Dravid and Kumble. When he was in the commentary panel for England and Australia. He was very much against the Senior members in the team and calling for their heads and suggesting to retire on air. In Adelaide test, he once commented if Sachin/Rahul/Laxman will be back for Australian tour 2014/2015 then Australians will run all 6 runs if the ball goes to straight boundaries in reference to Australians running all four. Wish you a Happy Birthday DADA! - Jai Hind

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Dada, Firstly Happy Birthday... I always want you to take field whenever I see you in commentary box... Its you who brought aggression into this Indian Cricket. U R truly a WARRIOR. It was DADA, THE REAL FIGHTER who came to the rescue of INDIAN CRICKET TEAM in South Africa.. U R my ROLE MODEL from whom I did learn the DO OR DIE Spirit.... Only Wish is Please Do Come Back with HIGH SPIRITS AND AGGRESSION for the next season of IPL and Show the World What's ROYAL BENGAL TIGER Is.... Love U Always...

  • SumCric65 on July 8, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Its was good to see you leave the field in 2008 on a high. Its important how u end ur career because that's the last impression left on the fans. We love u dada...glad u dint screw it up playing longer

    I can only guess this comment coming after looking at how sachin, dravid prolonged there careers.

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    You were over two years before you retired :)))

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  • on July 8, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    You were over two years before you retired :)))

  • SumCric65 on July 8, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Its was good to see you leave the field in 2008 on a high. Its important how u end ur career because that's the last impression left on the fans. We love u dada...glad u dint screw it up playing longer

    I can only guess this comment coming after looking at how sachin, dravid prolonged there careers.

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Dada, Firstly Happy Birthday... I always want you to take field whenever I see you in commentary box... Its you who brought aggression into this Indian Cricket. U R truly a WARRIOR. It was DADA, THE REAL FIGHTER who came to the rescue of INDIAN CRICKET TEAM in South Africa.. U R my ROLE MODEL from whom I did learn the DO OR DIE Spirit.... Only Wish is Please Do Come Back with HIGH SPIRITS AND AGGRESSION for the next season of IPL and Show the World What's ROYAL BENGAL TIGER Is.... Love U Always...

  • HyderabadiFlick on July 8, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Ganguly IPL3 Kolkata bottom of the table, Ganguly IPL5 PWI bottom of the table, My prediction Ganguly IPL6 with Kochi Tuskars as a late entry and reentry respectively and the result will be bottom of the table. :) Why is he dragging his stay in Indian cricket as a player. And we all know how good his fitness and fielding ability was for India and is in IPL. Man! please go out with respect like Dravid and Kumble. When he was in the commentary panel for England and Australia. He was very much against the Senior members in the team and calling for their heads and suggesting to retire on air. In Adelaide test, he once commented if Sachin/Rahul/Laxman will be back for Australian tour 2014/2015 then Australians will run all 6 runs if the ball goes to straight boundaries in reference to Australians running all four. Wish you a Happy Birthday DADA! - Jai Hind

  • Desihungama on July 8, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Dada- India's 2011 WC win was devoid of one thing and that was you. You built that team and you should have been part of the glory. You've always been a true cricketer and a fighter and we dearly miss you. Had we had the man half a character of yours the team I support Pak would have won more world cups.

  • QingdaoXI on July 8, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly you were a great Indian Batsmen and skipper, but you were. So it is kind request to you dont play now in IPL , because you are not the same saurav which we were used to see during late 90's and early 00's . By playing the IPL you are deteriorating your image which you have create on our mind. If you play in the same way new generation will only remember you as struggling cricketer and all the hard work which you have done in the past will go away. Best of Luck for your future , you can be a good administrator. I know what you will do with Dhoni if you became the selctor, ha ha ha.

  • mysecretme on July 8, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    The only reason I saw pune's matches last season was because Dada was playing. Pune could've easily won some more if they had a couple of good players. As it is, Ganguly and Smith were the only bright spots. Ryder was his inconsistent self and apart from one match, Samuels used his ipl stint as a practice board for WI cricket recall. As to bowling, Parnell was the pick whereas Nehra was diappointing (Parnell is a fan of Nehra btw). Towards the end, Clarke tried really hard, but 20-20 is not his format. The only minus I find from Ganguly is that he did not try Tamim. Apart from that, he tried to use his resources, but was hampered by the lack of success from Indian players- especially Uthappa. Angelo Mathews was also a big disappointment. --- I do believe that DADA has one more year. But he needs to decide if he really wants to play with all these shenanigans about his form, his career etc. from all his critics. IMO, he needs to have one more roar in this ipl and retire after that.

  • Indralipika on July 8, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Hello Saurav, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. I live in Canada and follow your brand of cricket since your historic debut at Lords in 1996. You made the country proud with your maiden TON in Lords. In 2010 I was fortunate to meet you at Lords when you captained Team MCC against Pakistan. As the stats prove - you have been the best captain India has ever produced. You are also given the credit of laying the foundation of the present world-cup winning team - Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan - to name a few. Your recent impact to world cricket was felt when during the only appearance at Eden Gardens in 2012 - during IPL - you were instrumental in drawing world record spectators for a club match - over 65,000. When the Great Sachin Tendulkar would be remembered - it will be incomplete without remembering you - world record of : 1) century partnerships,2)opening partnership and 3)most number of century partnerships. Above all you will be remembered as an exemplary LEADER...... Indranil Chaudhury, Canada

  • SanjivAwesome on July 8, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    You were an inspirational and tough leader that India needed at that time. You were technically flawed in your batting and tactically flawed in decision making. You left Team India at the right time. Happy birthday!

  • praveen4honestremark on July 9, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Is Sachin a inspiration for you in thinking like this?? Don't even think like this Sir. It was time to get down and you got down at right time. Your fitness was becoming pathetic and loop holes in your batting were explored and you were ageing. You took a good decision. I have lots of respect for you. The way you shaped Indian cricket and gave it belief that we can win anywhere with your captaincy and brave attitude is what i like most. Even Cricket in Bengal has benefited from you. You are nations pride. The way you used to hit spinners out of the park was like a spectacle to be watched.But please don't get into this IPLand play; you have to be realistic about your fitness.