The 48-year-old former Indian captain and present Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly believes that he still has the quality to serve the Indian Test team if he gets three months to train.
Sourav Ganguly was one of the greatest batsmen and captains in Indian cricket history. Playing international cricket between 1992 and 2008, Ganguly played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs where the left-handed batsman scored 7212 runs (average 42.17) and 11363 runs (average 41.02). Also, the right-arm medium pacer managed to pick up 32 Test wickets and 100 ODI wickets.
Under his captaincy, which was between 1999 and 2005, the Indian team achieved massive success, including winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 (joint-winners with the hosts Sri Lanka) and finishing as the runners-up in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.
Ganguly played his last ODI on 15th November 2007 during the Gwalior ODI against Pakistan, while he retired from the international cricket after the Nagpur Test in November 2008. However, he still feels that he could score more runs for the Indian team. He even strongly believes that he still can be able to serve the Indian Test team if he gets at least three months to train.
Ganguly told Bengali newspaper Sangbad Pratidin, “If I was given two more series in ODIs, I would’ve scored more runs. If I hadn’t retired in Nagpur, I would’ve scored runs in the next two Test series too. In fact even now give me six months to train, let me play three Ranji games, I’ll score runs for India in Test cricket. I don’t even need six months, give me three, I will score runs. You might not give me an opportunity to play but how will you break the belief inside me?”
I was dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the highest scorers of that calendar year: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly, who was excluded from the national squad for multiple times since 2005, was dropped from the ODI team in early 2008 during the team selection for the ODI tri-series in Australia.
Since then, he was never selected in ODI format. However, in 2007, Ganguly was the third most ODI run-scorer for India as the left-handed batsman scored 1120 runs in 30 matches with an average of 43.07, including 11 half-centuries.
Ganguly feels that it was unbelievable to get dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the most run-scorers for India in the previous calendar year.
He added, “It was kind of unbelievable. I was dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the highest scorers of that calendar year. No matter how good your performance is if the stage is taken away from you then what will you prove? And to whom? The same thing happened with me.”
Though he retired from the international cricket in 2008, he still served for Bengal and also continued his IPL career till 2012 before retiring from the game.