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Ganguly plans to write a book on cricket

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:For him, captaincy is a thing of past and Sourav Ganguly claims he won't be devastated either if his comeback bid fails. And the former captain also revealed that he plans to write a book on cricket, which is likely to clear the air about his rift with coach Greg Chappell.

Talking to BBC World's HARDTALK EXTRA. Ganguly poured his heart out and talked at length about his career, possibility of a comeback to international cricket and the book.

On the controversy surrounding his sacking as the captain and eventually his ouster from the team, Ganguly thinks he would definitely give his version of the story at some point of time.

''There will be some time when I will correct this -- I'm too lazy to write a 600 page book -- maybe when I finish or at some stage when I feel it's the right time I will clear it up.'' ''It will be all about cricket, on the field and some things off the field,'' added the southpaw.

Asked specifically if he would shed light on his rift with Chappell in the book, Ganguly was elusive.

''Well, when you read the book you'll find out,'' he said.

The former skipper seems to have retired to the fact that he won't be leading the side again.

''You don't have captains every six months, if you have captains every six months it's wrong. I am looking forward to playing as a player,'' he said.

And if his comeback bid fails? Ganguly said he won't be totally devastated.

''I have played 390 internationals for India, captained 200. I must be one of the lucky few.'' But the fight is not over yet and he has a lot of cricket left in him, asserted Ganguly, who is having a county stint with Northamptonshire.

''It's not just the World Cup. It's even further beyond. I am going to be 33 so I don't think it's an age to make a decision yet about cricket. I'll keep on performing,'' he argued.

Ruling out the prospect of hanging up his boots, Ganguly said, ''I've not even thought about anything at this stage except playing the game. I just want to keep on playing, keep on performing, do what is in my hands, that is, playing the game, batting and bowling and fielding, and not worry about the rest. I just want to keep on playing and I still feel that I can be part of a successful side in terms of my contribution.'' So far India's most successful captain, Ganguly said he was not worried with his selection, for that's something the selectors have to decide.

''I'll do what's in my hands, perform, because at the end of the day you can only be judged by your performances. If I don't perform I don't get back. If I perform I expect to get back. I am determined to get runs on the board...I had a good domestic season. I got to play in one Test match in Pakistan where I was the second highest scorer after Yuvraj (Singh),'' he added.

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