Not 40 yet, will decide to play in IPL 6: Ganguly

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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 13:03 [IST]
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Yet to take decision on IPL 6: Ganguly

Kolkata, May 23: Despite a terrible run in IPL 5 where his team Pune Warriors finished at the bottom, Sourav Ganguly did not rule himself out of the next season and said he would not even be 40 in season six.

Ganguly went through a torrid time both with the bat and as a skipper. Due to poor results Ganguly was also dropped and rumours were that he would mentor the side next season.

Ganguly on Tuesday said he was yet to take a decision. "I will see next season. As a matter of fact, I would not be even 40 when the IPL 6 would begin in 2013," Ganguly said.

"I'm also a human and prone to failures. Somehow you have to deal with it. Many captains have failed (in the IPL) but it's Sourav Ganguly who always makes the headlines.

The Pune skipper was also satisfied with his fitness despite the age factor. "I'm satisfied with my fitness. Obviously, I can't be fit like a 23 or 24-year-old. But at least, I didn't spill a catch or regret something on the field," he said.

Praising Kolkata Knight Riders mystery spinner Sunil Narine, the former Indian captain said he was the main reason for their success this season.

"Sunil Narine is the no 1 reason for their good show this season. He is having a psychological effect on the batsmen. By him bowling a tight spell, puts additional pressure on the batsmen against the other bowlers," he said.

"In Twenty20, it depends on the current form. Delhi had finished last in the last year but they topped the group league this season. It's a two-month-long tournament played once in a year. So it's about the team that performs in the period," Ganguly said.

Ganguly also rated Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir as the one of the top captains of IPL 5 and said, "The second (reason) being Gambhir's fine form and captaincy. I'm quite impressed with his captaincy. He is one of the best captains of this IPL."

Ganguly was of the opinion that the mystery spinner Narine would not have the impact next year. "It took me one or two balls to pick him. Even Ajantha Mendis did something similar in the first season. But the real challenge for Narine would be to perform in the next season. I'm sure the batsmen would play better," Ganguly said.

Ganguly was wary of Narine's spin mystery but insisted that irrespective of the bowler, batsmen have to adjust and play shots.

"One must remember that in the format demands to play shots against every bowler. Narine has a flat trajectory and it's difficult for somebody to step out against him. He has a lot of variations and you have to adjust and change your shot selection at the last moment," he added.


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