I hope Sachin Tendulkar is able to excel in South Africa, says Sourav Ganguly

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Ganguly is hoping Tendulkar performs well during his 200th Test match

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced that he hopes his long-time team-mate and friend, Sachin Tendulkar, is able to fire on all cylinders during the national team’s tour of South Africa at the end of the year.

Tendulkar is expected to complete playing 200 Test matches during the three-Test series and Ganguly hopes he can make the occasion even more special by scoring a century and leading India to victory.

“He’s got such a massive reputation as a player, the best I’ve seen during my career, and I have played against the likes of Brian Charles Lara,” Ganguly said. “I’ve said so to him personally as well. Whenever he finishes, whatever time he wants to, he should finish being the player he is; not someone who has struggled.

“More than Tendulkar getting past 200 Test matches, I really want him to get a hundred in South Africa.”

However, Ganguly also issued a warning to the Indian squad, stating that playing a Test series in South Africa is no walk in the park.

“I have seen lot of good things in England, and in the West Indies, but Test cricket obviously is different,” Ganguly said. “I don’t want to sound negative but it’s going to be hard on green, pacy wickets. So, let’s hope Dhoni again pulls something out of the hat.”

Speaking about Dhoni, Ganguly praised the current Indian captain for his outstanding leadership during the Champions Trophy and recent tri-series tournament in the West Indies and added that the comparisons between the current skipper and himself have not affected him at all.

“It’s great to see such a fantastic leader; he just gets better and better,” Ganguly said. “Comparisons don’t irritate me. It’s bound to happen but, then, I don’t take too much interest in them because my time as a player is done. It’s his time now, and he will be done in four years or so and someone else will come.”

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