"Whether people agree or not, a captain is under more pressure and that is the reason he is selected before everybody else and given time," Ganguly says in an interview to BBC Hindi.
"Whatever people say from outside, it is a fact that the skipper's responsibilities are absolutely different. One who has not been the captain can never understand this.
"Every player should be judged through performance but sometimes the captain should be given some advantage," he was quoted as saying in a press release.
"I want to play for India for another 3-4 years and be part of a winning team. I hope that we combine together and become a good side again and start winning again. I should be lucky enough to be a big contributor in that. If I perform well
I will definitely play for another 3-4 years." The 33-year-old Ganguly refused to rate Rahul Dravid as captain saying it would create controversy. On being asked whether he was hopeful of getting back the captaincy, he said it was upto the selectors.