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Monday, June 6, 2011


Sourav Ganguly insists on playing the next 4 to 5 editions of IPL

Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly, has expressed his desire to participate in a few more editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), claiming that he still has enough energy to play competitive cricket.

Ganguly led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the first three edition of the lucrative Twenty20 league but went unsold in the ‘IPL-4 auctions’ in January 2011.

The Kolkata side, without Ganguly, performed reasonably well in the tournament but at the same time, they received a poor response from their home crowd and the absence of Kolkata’s superstar, Ganguly, was considered to be the prime reason behind such a terrible response.

Later in the tournament, Pune Warriors India (PWI) brought the former skipper into the side as a replacement player for Ashish Nehra.

However, Ganguly failed to make a good impression with the bat as he managed to collect just 50 runs in four games in the season.

After a not-so-impressive performance in the fourth edition, Ganguly’s retirement from IPL was on the cards. But, Ganguly once again made it clear that he does not have any plan to say good bye to IPL.

"I (would) like to play for some more years in IPL, may be after four or five years. I will think about other options," said Ganguly.

After making his debut in 1992, Ganguly served India in 113 Tests in which he scored 7212 runs at an average of 42.17.

Recalling the pleasant memories of his fantastic Test career, the classy left-hander shared, "My first Test at Lords was the best for creating overall impact on my career. God was kind and after that I was destined to play for many years. But in terms of quality the hundred in Australia was the best. 90 against South Africa at Kanpur was very good."

He further asked young cricketers to work harder in order to be like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

Meanwhile, the former skipper described that confidence is key to success in every format of the game. He explained that he never failed to make it big whenever he went to the crease with confidence.

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