Performance matters, not age: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly’s explosive batting style – which he rediscovered in the Nagpur ODI against Australia – would have made him a successful batsman in Twenty20 cricket, but the former Indian captain says he doesn’t miss the newest and fastest version of the game.”I don’t think I miss Twenty20 cricket. I don’t know what it would have been if this kind of cricket was introduced during my younger days. But now I don’t think I would have really missed it,” Ganguly told IANS in an interview.
Ganguly along with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – known as the ‘Big 3’ of Team India – made themselves unavailable for the Twenty20 World Cup. Their non-availability put wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the hot seat of captaincy. Dhoni led a bunch of young players to victory at the inaugural world championship of the newest form of cricket in South Africa.
That win gave India some of its future stars, who rose to the occasion when it mattered the most. They beat Pakistan in a nerve biting finish at the final, and the squad is now tipped to be the future of Indian cricket.
“I think this team has all the ingredients to be the world champions. The new guys are really good and they all are talented and will do the country proud in the coming days,” said Ganguly, who won the best captain in 75 years of Indian Test cricket award.
Ganguly beat some of the biggest names of Indian cricket like Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavsakar and the late C.K. Nayudu and late Vinoo Mankad for the prestigious award.
“It is a great honour to be adjudged as the best captain of 75 years of Indian Test cricket. My best success as a captain, I think, will always remain beating Pakistan in their home in 2004,” said Ganguly.
India defeated Pakistan for the first time on their soil to win a Test series in March 2004. The series was also memorable because Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple century with a solid knock of 309. Ganguly had words of praise for Dhoni and said the 26-year-old should be given more time to click.
“I am sure he will take India to new cricketing heights. The only thing he lacks is experience and he should be given more time to gain it,” said Ganguly. On his role in the Indian team as a senior player, Ganguly said: “The only thing I have to do is to keep on performing. I have to keep on scoring runs.
“Performance and not age should be the criteria for selection in the team,” he said.