Kolkata, Jan 1: Former captain Sourav Ganguly has said Bengal pacer Mohammad Shami who leaped to prominence with a nine-wicket haul in his debut Test, was the biggest find of Indian cricket in 2013.
Heaping praise on Shami who had a memorable debut against the West Indies at Eden Gardens early November, Gangleaptuly said: "He's a cricketer if he remains fit it will take a long way forward. Mohammad Shami is undoubtedly the biggest find of Indian cricket this year."
Virat Kohli too had a fruitful year after becoming joint fastest to rich 5,000 ODI runs club with Sir Viv Richards.
"You may say Kohli, but he has established himself from before."
Ganguly further hoped that he would complete his autobiography by the next cricket World Cup in 2015. "I've thought about it. But it will take longer than 2014. Hopefully before the next World Cup, you all will see my autobiography," Ganguly told a Bengali news channel.
Ganguly said Team India had a mixed year beginning with the 4-0 rout of Aussies, while ending the year on a disappointing note going down to South Africa in both ODI and Test series.
"It was good as well as bad. We started well beating Australia 4-0, won Champions Trophy first time not as joint winners. But India ended with losing both Test and ODI series in South Africa," he said.
Ganguly further said the Test cricket will miss the iconic duos of Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis.
"It was an end of Sachin era. Not only Sachin, but Jacques Kallis as well. A big loss for Test cricket. Both contributed well to the Test cricket for their respective teams. Graeme Swann too retired for England; he had contributed immensely for the rise of English cricket."
"Now, Michael Schumacher's, unfortunate incident is making it more painful. It was not very enjoyable in the field of sports..." Ganguly said he would not like to party on the New Year's eve.
"I don't like parties. I am completely non-alcoholic, I don't smoke. I've seen enough of fireworks." Ganguly further wished luck for his daughter Sana and all the Bengal's youngsters.
"Hope it turns out good for Sana, and for all the youngsters of Bengal because they would shape the future of our state."