Could have played for two more years: Ganguly

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Updated: Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:50 [IST]
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I should've not acted in anger:  Ganguly

Kolkata, Jul 9: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday, said he regrets his hasty decision to retire from international cricket, as he could have definitely played for two more years.

"I do regret my decision (to retire) sometimes, that I should not have acted in anger," Ganguly said, in an interview to the Kolkata-based Telegraph on the occasion of his 40th birthday. "But I did and... That bit is done and dusted... Yes, I could have played for another two years."

Ganguly poured his heart out, as he regretted his decision to quit international cricket which was later considered to be a hasty decision.

Prince of Kolkata, known for his comebacks, could not tolerate a few things that went against him that forced him to take the crucial decision without thinking twice.

A disastrous tour of Sri Lanka with only 16 wickets, while Indian batsmen struggled to read Ajantha Mendis' mysterious bowling, it was Ganguly who struggled the most as a result he was dropped from the team henceforth.

Having been dropped from the national side, Ganguly was ignored from the Rest of India side for the Irani Cup which also suggested that the selectors were planning to drop him from the Test team as well. Within a month, Ganguly announced his retirement from international cricket.

"I didn't have one good series (in Sri Lanka) and, when the Irani Trophy squad was announced, my name was missing," he said.

"I'd stopped enjoying my game because I was thinking about things not related to my game, to my cricket. I could have probably just said 'Let them do what they want' and wait for my time."

Talking about his future plans, Ganguly said he still has a year's time, as his contract with Pune Warriors will get over in 2013.

"We have three-year contracts (with Warriors) and I have a year to go... There's time, let's see."


Story first published:  Monday, July 9, 2012, 10:31 [IST]
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