Sourav Ganguly regrets early retirement, may play in IPL 2013.posted under: India | All news
|Former Indian captain Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly turned 40 this past Sunday, but his love for the game still is the same and his willingness to play in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) next year, even though most of his fellow mates from back then have chosen to act as mentors, remains intact. He feels that there’s more than enough cricket left in him to play until his contract with the Pune Warriors expires next year, adding that the team’s low form when he captained them in the previous season was just another bad phase.
Dada reacted to the dismal IPL 5 performance and was quoted saying “I’m also human and prone to failures,” and said that he was still in two minds as to whether he should play or not in next year’s season. Former team-mate Rahul Dravid however, was confident when, during a conference last May, he had said that once the Rajasthan Royals found an alternative, he would happily focus on the team as a mentor.
“I will take a few months' break now and then decide after consultations with the team management what my role will be. My goal is to try and develop young players,” Dravid had said, but then again, he is just a year younger than Ganguly and has time and again admitted that he has no problem continuing as a mentor. Anil Kumble has also taken over as a mentor for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), while VVS Laxman has decided to step down from a similar role in the league.
It’s not the same for Ganguly because for him, “age is just a number”. For someone who has spent almost half his life on the pitch, it will definitely be difficult to come out of, and the Prince of Calcutta will no doubt want to leave on a high.
“I will take a call next season. As a matter of fact, I would not be even 41 when the IPL 6 would begin in 2013,” he added, and in his own words, again, “life is simple” and “age is just a number.”
However, the former India captain also said that he regrets retiring from international cricket, saying that he could have extended it by at least a couple more years. He retired in 2008 after having played 311 ODIs and 113 Tests, and has since played 4 seasons of the IPL and continues to play domestic cricket for West Bengal.
“I do regret my decision (to retire) sometimes, that I should not have acted in anger, but I did and... That bit is done and dusted... Yes, I could have played for another two years,” he said, on the eve of his birthday.
Ganguly had a poor tour of Sri Lanka in 2008, averaging only 16 in series where India's batsmen struggled against Ajantha Mendis. He was then left out of a 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, he 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. 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, he said.
Given the chance of coming back to the national team again, there’s no doubt that Dada will jump in a blink, but for now, he is still with the Pune Warriors and is likely to play another season with the franchise.