Tendulkar better batsman than me: Ganguly

Published: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 11:03 [IST]
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'Tendulkar a bigger player than me'

Kolkata: Age holds no barriers to Sachin Tendulkar, says his former opening partner Ganguly, who feels that Mumbai veteran is the best cricketer in the world right now and can continue as long as he wants.

Ganguly also said that his 36-year-old former opening partner is a better batsman than him and can pick the time to call it quits.

"To be honest, he is a bigger player than I am. He deserves to go whenever he wants to. He is probably the best in the world with (the retired) Brian Lara. He can play until anytime he wants and I am sure his performance will remain consistent," Ganguly said in an interview.

The Kolkata prince said that he enjoyed partnering Tendulkar at the top and doesn't regret quitting earlier than him.

"We have enjoyed a lot together at the top of the order and contributed thousands of runs. But I have taken a decision to quit. So, there is nothing to regret. I am sure he would also take the decision (to call it quits) at some stage," the 37-year-old player said.

Tendulkar recently stated that he is aiming to accumulate 15,000 Test runs and also play in the 2011 World Cup. Ganguly said fitness permitting, the seasoned right-hander will accomplish the twin aims.

"Why not? If he is fit and looks after his body, he will keep getting runs. He just needs to look after his fitness and he will remain to be an asset to the team," he said.

Ganguly said players like Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid had been performing consistently over a period of time and would be an asset for the team at any stage of their careers.

"As long as he (Tendulkar) is fit, nobody can stop him performing. Players like him, Dravid and Kumble just can't stop performing at any stage of their career," he said.

"They have come here because they have performed consistently over a period of 12, 13, 15 and 20 years. That's why they are great players and would continue to perform," he added.

"We have the Bengal ICL players in mind as well. As I said we are trying to make a better team and everybody will be seen," he added.

The IPL governing council has decided that an ex-ICL player would get a maximum of Rs 20 lakh which is seen to be a "raw deal" for the rebel cricketers but Ganguly said, "I am not a decision maker in that. The IPL committee and the BCCI are the decision makers in that. I should not be making a statement."

Ganguly, who played a mentor's role in KKR's just concluded pre-season training camp at Eden Gardens here, said he enjoyed the experience.


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