Ganguly struggled to make runs in his last international tour against Sri Lanka
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has revealed that he should not have been so hasty in his decision to give up the captaincy.
Ganguly, who quit playing cricket in 2008, stated that if he had kept his cool, he would have been able to extend his cricketing career for another couple of years.
Since retiring four years ago after playing 113 Test matches, Ganguly has played in four Indian Premier League (IPL) tournaments besides representing Bengal in the domestic league.
Speaking exclusively to the Kolkata-based Telegraph newspaper, Ganguly said: “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.”
In 2008 when India toured Sri Lanka, Ganguly has a dismal tour, averaging only 16 runs with the bat, as he found it extremely difficult to pick the different variations of spin bowler Ajantha Mendis.
Things went from bad to worse for Ganguly, as he was not selected to be part of the Rest of India squad for the Irani cup, which was seen as a signal that the Indian selectors wanted to also drop him from the Test team.
Less than a month after these events, Ganguly announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.
“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,” Ganguly said.
Since his retirement Ganguly has played four seasons of the IPL, but after his team, the Pune Warriors, finished at the bottom of the table this year, many people are speculating that it may the last time he plays in the Twenty20 tournament.
However, the former India captain hasn’t ruled out anything just yet.
“We have three-year contracts (with Warriors) and I have a year to go … There’s time, let’s see,” he said.