Former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes he still can score runs for his country in red-ball cricket. Ganguly was one of the finest left-handers to play the game. The gorgeous off-drives through the covers will forever be a treat to watch.
The southpaw bid farewell in 2008 with a Test match against Australia in Nagpur. Although he bagged a duck in the second innings, Ganguly displayed good skills to score 85 runs against a quality attack in the first essay.
Can score runs for India even now – Sourav Ganguly
Currently, Ganguly is the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Earlier, he has also served as the President of Cricket Association of Bengal. However, Sourav Ganguly reckons he still has the pedigree to play Test cricket for India and only needs six months of training to get back into shape.
“If I was given two more series in ODIs, I would’ve scored more runs. If I hadn’t retired in Nagpur, I would’ve scored runs in the next two Test series too. In fact, even now give me six months to train, let me play three Ranji games, I’ll score runs for India in Test cricket. I don’t even need six months, give me three, I will score runs,” Sangbad Pratidin quoted Ganguly as saying.
“You might not give me an opportunity to play but how will you break the belief inside me?” Ganguly questioned.
Sourav Ganguly has amassed over 11000 runs from 311 ODIs including 22 centuries and 72 fifties. He made one of the deadliest opening partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar giving nightmares to the bowlers.
The Prince of Kolkata also talked about the time when he had a tussle with then-head coach Greg Chappell which resulted in him losing a place in the side.
“It was kind of unbelievable. I was dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the highest scorers of that calendar year. No matter how good your performance is if the stage is taken away from you then what will you prove? And to whom? The same thing happened with me,” he added.