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Ganguly regrets decision of skipping T20

29 September 2007BANGALORE — Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had admitted that a lot of his pre-held impressions about Twenty20 cricket have turned out wrong.

Ganguly, the most successful Indian captain ever, never thought India would make it to the finals: Dhoni would be successful to this extent and that he was committing a mistake by turning his back to Twenty20 cricket.

“I had thought that Australia would be one of the finalists. Because of the amount of Twenty20 played in England, I’d expected (Paul) Collingwood’s team to do well,” said Ganguly in an interview here. “Dhoni has done very well but look, because of the duration (of the Twenty20 game), you’re always in the game.

Dhoni’s real test will be in the ODIs.”However, Ganguly gave Dhoni his due going by the evidence of the Twenty20 competition. “He’s calm from the outside, but very aggressive within. I like his body language. Dhoni captained well in pressure situations and yes, I like his bowling changes.” 

 Personally, Ganguly missed the excitement of Twenty20 Cup and the chance to get over the depressing feeling of losing close finals on earlier occasions.“I do regret having made myself unavailable for the world Twenty20. But this win has made us all feel very good.

Losing a final can crush you. It’s not just the 2003 World Cup, the disappointment of having lost the mini World Cup final to New Zealand in 2000 still rankles.” The sentiments, by and large, have turned against the seniors in the wake of splendid show by juniors in South Africa. But Ganguly denied as if the pressure is on seniors alone.

“Whoever performs is going to play. It’s not a question of being a senior or a junior.” Ganguly underplayed his role in promoting Yuvraj Singh at the start of his career and considered fast bowler RP Singh as the most improved cricketer of the year.

“As captain, I backed Yuvraj because of his ability. It’s not about being somebody’s boy or not being somebody’s boy. He’s doing very well because of his ability. I’m happy for him.“Rudra Pratap Singh and Sreesanth are the most improved Indian cricketers this year.

RP has been outstanding. He has grown in confidence and that’s reflected in the quality of his bowling. As for Sreesanth, he has been brilliant. He should be judged on his bowling, not by his behaviour.”Ganguly then rated India’s chances as really good in the seven-match ODI series against Australia but refused to look at his own career, a year from now.

“Cricket is unpredictable. I was then determined to come back, but frankly didn’t know where I would be in 12 months.“As for team’s chances, they are very good. Whatever the form of the game, we’ve been playing exceedingly well over the past few months.

Then Glenn McGrath has retired and Mike Hussey isn’t available either because of injury. Also there’s a question mark over (Ricky) Ponting being available for all matches.

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