Ganguly finally reacts to IPL snub

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Published: Monday, January 17, 2011, 9:29 [IST]
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Ganguly finally reacts to IPL snub

After keeping silent for a week on the fact that no IPL team bid for him in the player auction for the fourth edition of the league, Sourav Ganguly has finally reacted. The former Indian captain and now discarded Kolkata Knightriders player said that he generally abstained from indulging in politics and was usually always forthright and transparent with his benefactors.

Taking an indirect swipe at his IPL snub, Ganguly said "I never did politics. I would not have been here if I did politics. With my practical experiences I say whatever you do, you will not be at the top all the time. So when you are at the top, be transparent. The rule is same for all, be it in politics or sport. As a leader you must tell the truth. They might not like it but it's important to be clear with your colleagues."

After retiring from international cricket, Ganguly figured in the Kolkata Knightriders team for the first three seasons, but now he finds that his cricketing career may have reached the end of the line. However, the 38-year-old stressed that there was no age for retirement. "As long as you perform, age is not a bar for retirement," he said.

Referring to Indian cricket's Big Three - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman - who are in the twilight of their career, Ganguly said the selectors should be wary of mimicking an Australia-like predicament.

"Look at the Australians. In one series it was Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. That's too much of a void to fill so quickly," Ganguly said. Ganguly said that the big guns should put in their papers in phases. "I don't see them retiring very soon as long as they keep performing. But the selectors have to remember one thing that they make sure that they don't finish together, so there will be a lot of void."

Ganguly did not indicate that he was hurt or upset over his ouster from the IPL, but his fans have taken to the streets of Kolkata in protest. Members of a Facebook group supporting Ganguly even organised a march to mark their outrage that the Kolkata Knightriders won't be featuring Ganguly this time around.

Much of their ire has been directed at KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, but the Bollywood megastar maintains that the decision not to bid for Ganguly was out of his hands. He has however said that he will try and find Ganguly a supporting role in the franchise.


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