Thursday, December 21, 2006

When Ganguly Ban Gaya Gentleman!

Editor's note: It is important that I record what Sourav Ganguly said on his comeback in Johannesburg.
This is how Ganguly's unabashed supporter, Telegraph, Calcutta, reported his famous words.

On his comeback:
I haven't done anything different. I worked on my fitness and playeddomestic cricket when I wasn't with the team.... Life has come a full circle.
On teammates: They were outstanding when I was captain, they were outstanding when I wasn't in the team and they've been outstanding now.
On the reception from coach Greg Chappell: Everyone has been outstanding.
On whether the period after the Karachi Test was tough: It wasn't... I realised cricket wasn't everything. I played for Bengal and enjoyed being in the dressing room with some very talented players. I didn't know I would be picked, so it's not that I waspreparing for (conditions in) South Africa.
On staying mentally tough: After playing for so many years, one has to be tough.
On whether this comeback was his biggest challenge: No. The time I was out, my mindset was if it happens, then it happens. Of course, I never stopped believing I was good enough. I believed that instead of thinking about giving it up... I still want to play both forms.
On his game plan at the Wanderers: My experience helped. This is my fourth trip to South Africa and I've also been to Australia a few times. Having played earlier, one can visualise grounds... visualise conditions.
On whether his performance here will facilitate a comeback in the ODIs as well: I know I'm good enough. It's (the next set of ODIs) still some way off....Performance counts everywhere. I've batted well. Today, the challenge for me is to be consistent in the next two Tests. I'm going to judge myself at the end ofthe tour.
On India being in such a strong position: The bowlers have kept a fantastic length and Rahul has set outstanding fields. I'm around if advice is needed, but one doesn't have to complicate things.... Rahul has his way of thinking.
Our performance in Tests overseas has been on the up from 2001 and beating South Africa in South Africa has to be great.
On his arrival as a Test specialist changing India's fortunes: (Laughs) Hope it remains that way. People have been making too much of somebody being dropped and too much of somebody being recalled. Emotions don't matter.
On shouts of "Come on Dada" at the Wanderers: Has become a fashion, like Levi's jeans!
Finally, his message for fans: It's good to have such support, but I would like them to support everybody. In the past, Rahul has been dropped (from ODIs), Anil Kumble....Sachin (Tendulkar) is the only one who hasn't been dropped. (Adds laughing) But Sachin will never be!

1 comment:

prashant said...

ganguly made a comeback admired by everybody

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