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Performance indicates player's fitness: Ganguly

Published: Sunday, July 20, 2008, 17:45 [IST]
 
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GangulyBangalore: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said that cricketing fitness is different from general fitness and running hard or having a well-built body doesn't mean that a player is fit to play cricket.

"Fitness is a relative term. I mean to say that it does not necessarily mean that one who runs hard and lifts weights is fit. Cricketing fitness is different. So if you can perform means you are fit," ganguly told a news channel.

Ganguly believes ODI skipper Dhoni taking break from cricket is a personal decision and he was not the right person to comment on it.

"It's a personal decision taken by Dhoni. I have no right to make any opinion on this. But obviously he is a bit busy in the game because he is a batsman as well as a wicket-keeper and of course the captain. He has to play multiple roles in the team. So a huge responsibility rests on his shoulders. Hence, he is right to take care of his body," he told a news channel.

Ganguly also said that his self-belief helped him make a strong comeback to the team after being dropped from both ODI and Test teams.

"... if you go on playing for a long time, you get more and more determined, you gain self- belief. So when you are out of the squad, you know you have performed at this level, you can still do it and when you get the opportunity, you translate that self- belief into performance," he said.

Asked how much cricket he thought is left in him, Ganguly said, "I cannot tell you how much, but this game is obviously performance oriented. So as long as you can perform, you can play. No matter how old you are. The game is won on the basis of performance."

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