Sourav Ganguly has brushed aside notions of Twenty20 being a young man's game, pointing out how seniors players have thrived in the Indian Premier League.
"It's fashionable to talk of age, but I've always maintained that class and performance matter," Ganguly said ahead of Kolkata's clash against Mumbai. "If you look at the IPL, almost everybody who has got a hundred is over 30 ... Sanath Jayasuriya is almost 39 ... I myself missed a hundred narrowly."
Ganguly had revealed his hopes of a one-day comeback after Kolkata's win against Delhi - "I hope the selectors are watching" - and went one step further here. "I'm sure my turn will [again] come in ODIs," he said. "What I feel bad about is that after 13 years, I still [need to] surprise people."
Ganguly was controversially dropped from the one-day side earlier this year and has gone on to hit out against the selectors. Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of selectors, though, didn't rule out the possibility of Ganguly coming back.
"He has done extremely well," he said in an interview to Hindustan Times. "Yes, we have been watching him, especially his brilliant fielding, with great interest."
Sachin Tendulkar has also dismissed the perception of Twenty20 being unsuitable for senior players. "This tournament is the biggest proof that age doesn't matter," he said. "It's performance ... this IPL should stop such questions ..."
Brendon McCullum, 26, is the only IPL centurion who is below 30 years of age. Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist and Jayasuriya are all on the other side of 30.