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Ganguly: I won’t miss cricket

Goodbye Dada!

Sourav Ganguly, who returned home to Kolkata to a rousing welcome from fans Tuesday said he would not miss cricket.

The former India skipper also said like to meet the soccer legend Diego Maradona when he comes to Kolkata.

“I just want to see him,” Ganguly said referring to the Argentine footballer.

Having returned to his home town after playing his last Test at Nagpur, Ganguly said that he would, however, miss the company of his teammates.

At his Behala residence Ganguly told reporters: “We share a good camaraderie among ourselves. We make fun and crack jokes together. I don’t think I will miss cricket but will miss the companions.” Reiterating that he will not change his retirement decision, Ganguly said: “In sports, you have to retire one day. It’s about physical ability. Once you start playing, you have to call it quits some day. It’s like when you are born you have to die … All great players like Maradona, Pele, Sampras and Gavaskar retired…” Ganguly picked his Lord’s debut Test, his first captaincy and the recent series win as his Big Three moments.

About his future plans, Ganguly ruled out commentary as an option.

“There are a lot of opportunities coming in. But, at present, there is no such plan to do commentary … It needs lot of travelling.” Ganguly added that he is yet to decide on his future plans.

“You have to wait and see … I have not thought about it yet. IPL is in April there’s a long way to go … But I will definitely do something that will contribute to the game.”

On the 2-0 series win to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Ganguly said, “We outplayed them in all the departments … We celebrated a lot. It was fantastic. We had lot of drinks as we never done in life. We had great fun … Anil and I were there present and celebrated our win till 1 in the night.” Praising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he added, “He (Dhoni) has done well as captain in his last one year tenure and I am sure, he will take India cricket forward. There’s a lot of talented players it depends how they transform them into performance.” Earlier, there was chaos at the airport as large number of fans gathered to welcome him.

His car was mobbed and halted before he was escorted by the pilot vehicles from the VVIP exit of the airport.

Police had to resort to mild baton charge to calm down the situation as Ganguly’s black SUV with his wife Dona and daughter Sana on board made way to their Behala residence.

There were chants of “Dada Dada … Ami tumake bhulchhi na, bhulbo na… (Dada we are not going to forget you).” Some waved the Tricolour while others carried Ganguly’s posters.

The CAB will organise a grand function at the Eden Gardens on December 7 to felicitate Sourav in a befitting manner.

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Ganguly: I see a lot of myself in Dhoni

Arguably the most successful Indian skipper ever, Sourav Ganguly says he sees a lot of himself in Dhoni

Arguably the most successful Indian skipper ever, Sourav Ganguly says he sees a lot of himself in
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and reckons that the charismatic new captain will go on to better his record and further enhance India’s stature in international cricket.

“He has done fantastically well. Captaincy is a task, it’s not just about being a good player. He will be tested when India plays abroad and if the boys do well under him then it will be great. I am sure he will take Indian cricket forward,” said Ganguly, whose last Test saw India clinching the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by winning the fourth and final match.

“I did what I felt was right. I’m a captain who did not believe in the drawing board but react to what happens on the field of play. I see a lot of myself in Dhoni. He also doesn’t like meetings. In fact he sees things better than me. He has also had a bit of luck that a captain needs,” he added.

Ganguly said a captain is only as good as his team but he did have a huge role to play in enhancing India’s reputation. “Most important thing is that a captain is as good as a player. Raising India’s image in world cricket especially as a touring side is my legacy in Indian cricket. We, at present, are a formidable side both home and away,” he said.

Ganguly said he would not be missing the Indian dressing room as he was leaving with happy memories of being part of a team that beat the world’s best side 2-0 in the series. “I don’t think I would miss the dressing room. I have had a good innings and it’s time to leave. I am leaving with happy memories that it ended with a win for India. A 2-0 win over the world’s best team was the best that could have happened after all the doubts arising after the Sri Lanka series (where India lost)”, Ganguly said.

“I have played well and the team has played outstandingly well. To win the series 2-0 was very satisfying. We had dominated (the proceedings) after the first Test (at Bangalore),” said the former captain. Ganguly, who was asked to lead the team on the field for a brief while when India was close to winning the fourth and final Test against Australia before being chaired off the ground after India’s 172-run win, said he would forever cherish the moments that he lived today.

“In terms of team performance the way this Test has finished was one of the best ever. I want to cherish it for long. Everyone has chipped in throughout the series. Somehow we manage to pick up when we play against Australia,” said the veteran of 113 Tests. “I enjoyed my last few days and the last few hours. I was
asked to lead for five overs, did it for three overs and then told Dhoni that it was not my job,” he said.

The stylish left-hander side-stepped queries on past controversies like his public spat with former coach Greg Chappell. “Let’s keep the controversies aside. It’s a happy day for Indian cricket. The past is past, let’s not talk about it,” he said.

Ganguly said the first-ball duck in the second innings didn’t disappoint him as much as missing a hundred by 15 runs in the first innings. “I am not disappointed with the first-ball duck, getting out on 85 in the first innings was more disappointing as I was so close to a hundred. I don’t think the last duck has made it (my career) any more dramatic, it’s been dramatic anyway,” he put it succinctly.

Ganguly said he rated the 100 on debut at Lord’s against England in 1996 as his most cherished innings. He said the blazing century he made against Australia as captain in the 2004 series at Brisbane was also close to his heart. “The first Test hundred at Lord’s is always special to me. The 2001 series against Australia here and the 2004 series against them in Australia are my best series. We have won in Pakistan and England but to win against Australia is always special,” he said.

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Sachin Tendulkar praises Sourav Ganguly, says he’ll be missed

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly smile after India defeated Australia in the second Test in Mohali.

TWO LEGENDS: Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly smile after India defeated Australia in the second Test in Mohali.

Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most charismatic cricketers, will be seen for the last time as an international player on Monday. Ganguly is retiring from international cricket after nearly 16 years.

Sachin Tendulkar says the entire country will miss the elegant left-hand batsman, who has often been described as the ‘God of off-side’.

“Everyone will miss Sourav. He is not only my teammate but is a very special player and has contributed a lot to the team and country. He has had a fantastic career and when a player like him retires not only the team but the entire country will miss him,” Tendulkar said.

Ironically, Ganguly’s last Test innings, just like Sir Don Bradman, ended in a duck on Sunday. He was caught and bowled by Jason Krejza in the second innings of the Nagpur Test against Australia off the first ball that he faced.

A bit disappointing for Ganguly, but his fans will look back on his international career with great pride. He started with a century on debut and made a sublime 85 in the first innings of the Nagpur Test against Australia; although he had to end with a golden duck.

So was Ganguly pleased with how his career turned out?

A few days a go in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN’s Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Ganguly had said he would have liked a few more Test runs under against his name.

Sanjeeb Mukherjea: Talking about Sourav Ganguly — the batsman, do you think you neglected your batting?

Sourav Ganguly: No, I didn’t. In terms of my One-Day performance, I think it’s been outstanding. In terms of my Test cricket, I would have loved to have a few more runs but I also batted at No. 5 and No. 6 and although it is not an excuse but I thought that although I have more that 7,000 runs in test cricket, a few more would have been happy to go with.

Sanjeeb Mukherjea: What were the reactions of Sachin, Dravid, Anil and Sehwag, when you broke the news to them?

Sourav Ganguly: I’m sure they knew that at some stage it had to come. It’s going to come for them as well. They were not surprised, they expected it. Everybody has to go in sports. It’s my turn today and it will be their turn sometime.

Sanjeeb Mukherjea: It must have been an emotional moment for you also?

Sourav Ganguly: It wasn’t that emotional buy obviously we would miss it. Initially, you will miss the competitiveness because the pleasure you got by scoring a Test hundred or an One-Day hundred, it cannot be valued by anything else. Every time you get a hundred, you feel ‘this is what I wanted to do and I am still good at it’. That satisfaction will not come from anything else. Financially, when you play for 13-14 years in modern cricket, you are far past well-off. That’s not an issue.

Ganguly made his One-Day debut against the West Indies during the 1991/92 Benson and Hedges World Series Cup at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, in Australia while his first Test match was against England at Lord’s in 1996.

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Krejza 6th to claim 8 wickets in debut innings

Jason Krejza on Friday became only the sixth bowler in Test cricket history to claim eight wickets in an innings on debut. He is the first to do so since Lance Klusener.

Interestingly Klusener also performed this feat against India. Australia’s Bob Massie and India’s Narendra Hirwani took eight wickets in both innings of the Test.

Bowler Wkts Runs Opponent Venue Season
AE Trott (Aus) 8 43 v England Adelaide 1894-95
RAL Massie (Aus) 8 53 v England Lord’s 1972
ND Hirwani (Ind) 8 61 v West Indies Chennai 1987-88
L Klusener (SA) 8 64 v India Kolkata 1996-97
ND Hirwani (Ind 8 75 v West Indies Chennai 1987-88
RAL Massie (Aus) 8 84 v England Lord’s 1972
AL Valentine (WI) 8 104 v England Manchester 1950
JJ Krejza (Aus) 8 215 v India Nagpur 2008-09

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India’s Largest Test Victories

By an innings
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India inns & 239 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka (SBNS) 25 May 2007 Test # 1833
India inns & 219 runs v Australia Kolkata 18 Mar 1998 Test # 1409
India inns & 140 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Dec 2004 Test # 1725
India inns & 131 runs v Pakistan Rawalpindi 13 Apr 2004 Test # 1697
India inns & 119 runs v Sri Lanka Lucknow 18 Jan 1994 Test # 1244
India inns & 112 runs v West Indies Mumbai 9 Oct 2002 Test # 1616
India inns & 109 runs v New Zealand Chennai 6 Jan 1956 Test # 420
India inns & 106 runs v Sri Lanka Nagpur 27 Dec 1986 Test # 1063
India inns & 101 runs v Zimbabwe Nagpur 21 Feb 2002 Test # 1589
India inns & 100 runs v Australia Mumbai 3 Nov 1979 Test # 860
India inns & 95 runs v Sri Lanka Bangalore 26 Jan 1994 Test # 1245
India inns & 90 runs v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 13 Sep 2005 Test # 1765
India inns & 83 runs v Bangladesh Chittagong (MAA) 17 Dec 2004 Test # 1727
India inns & 70 runs v Pakistan Delhi 16 Oct 1952 Test # 355
India inns & 67 runs v Sri Lanka Cuttack 4 Jan 1987 Test # 1064
India inns & 52 runs v Pakistan Multan 28 Mar 2004 Test # 1693
India inns & 46 runs v England Leeds 22 Aug 2002 Test # 1613
India inns & 27 runs v New Zealand Mumbai (BS) 2 Dec 1955 Test # 417
India inns & 22 runs v England Chennai 11 Feb 1993 Test # 1213
India inns & 17 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 8 Feb 1994 Test # 1247
India inns & 15 runs v England Mumbai 19 Feb 1993 Test # 1214
India inns & 13 runs v Zimbabwe Delhi 13 Mar 1993 Test # 1218
India inns & 8 runs v England Chennai 6 Feb 1952 Test # 348
India inns & 8 runs v Sri Lanka Chandigarh 23 Nov 1990 Test # 1156
India inns & 2 runs v Australia Sydney 7 Jan 1978 Test # 814
By runs
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 320 runs v Australia Mohali 17 Oct 2008 Test # 1889
India 280 runs v South Africa Kanpur 8 Dec 1996 Test # 1344
India 279 runs v England Leeds 19 Jun 1986 Test # 1047
India 272 runs v New Zealand Auckland 7 Mar 1968 Test # 634
India 259 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 18 Dec 2005 Test # 1778
India 255 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1988 Test # 1089
India 235 runs v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 27 Jul 1993 Test # 1228
India 222 runs v Australia Melbourne 30 Dec 1977 Test # 812
India 216 runs v New Zealand Chennai 26 Nov 1976 Test # 787
India 212 runs v Pakistan Delhi 4 Feb 1999 Test # 1443
India 195 runs v Pakistan Kolkata 16 Mar 2005 Test # 1741
India 188 runs v Sri Lanka Delhi 10 Dec 2005 Test # 1776
India 187 runs v England Kolkata 30 Dec 1961 Test # 518
India 179 runs v Australia Chennai 6 Mar 1998 Test # 1405
India 172 runs v New Zealand Bangalore 12 Nov 1988 Test # 1107
India 171 runs v Australia Kolkata 11 Mar 2001 Test # 1535
India 170 runs v Sri Lanka Galle 31 Jul 2008 Test # 1884
India 162 runs v New Zealand Mumbai 10 Nov 1976 Test # 785
India 153 runs v Australia Kanpur 2 Oct 1979 Test # 857
India 140 runs v England Bangalore 28 Jan 1977 Test # 794
India 138 runs v England Mumbai 27 Nov 1981 Test # 911
India 131 runs v Pakistan Mumbai 16 Dec 1979 Test # 865
India 128 runs v England Chennai 10 Jan 1962 Test # 520
India 123 runs v South Africa Johannesburg 15 Dec 2006 Test # 1823
India 119 runs v Australia Kanpur 19 Dec 1959 Test # 483
India 100 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1975 Test # 752
India 96 runs v West Indies Mumbai 18 Nov 1994 Test # 1274
India 85 runs v West Indies Kolkata 27 Dec 1974 Test # 750
India 72 runs v Australia Perth 16 Jan 2008 Test # 1862
India 64 runs v South Africa Ahmedabad 20 Nov 1996 Test # 1338
By wickets
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Mumbai (BS) 13 Nov 1952 Test # 357
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Chennai 15 Jan 1980 Test # 869
India 10 wickets v New Zealand Hyderabad (Decc) 2 Dec 1988 Test # 1111
India 10 wickets v England Mohali 3 Dec 2001 Test # 1574
India 10 wickets v Zimbabwe Harare 20 Sep 2005 Test # 1767
India 9 wickets v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Nov 2000 Test # 1512
India 9 wickets v England Mohali 9 Mar 2006 Test # 1788
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Wellington 29 Feb 1968 Test # 632
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Auckland 24 Jan 1976 Test # 769
India 8 wickets v England Mumbai 28 Nov 1984 Test # 1001
India 8 wickets v England Kolkata 29 Jan 1993 Test # 1211
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Bangalore 18 Oct 1995 Test # 1308
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Kanpur 22 Oct 1999 Test # 1464
India 8 wickets v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 7 Jun 2001 Test # 1548
India 8 wickets v West Indies Chennai 17 Oct 2002 Test # 1618
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kolkata 28 Nov 2004 Test # 1724
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kanpur 11 Apr 2008 Test # 1873
India 7 wickets v New Zealand Delhi 19 Mar 1965 Test # 583
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 28 Nov 1969 Test # 667
India 7 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 6 Mar 1971 Test # 683
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 10 Oct 1996 Test # 1335
India 7 wickets v Zimbabwe Delhi 18 Nov 2000 Test # 1515
India 7 wickets v Sri Lanka Kandy 22 Aug 2001 Test # 1557
India 7 wickets v England Nottingham 27 Jul 2007 Test # 1841
India 6 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 7 Apr 1976 Test # 775
India 6 wickets v Pakistan Delhi 22 Nov 2007 Test # 1849
India 5 wickets v New Zealand Dunedin 15 Feb 1968 Test # 630
India 5 wickets v England Lord’s 5 Jun 1986 Test # 1046

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