Kolkata Knight Riders' Sourav Ganguly seemed to be in the grip of a cold as the team reached the Durban airport to catch an early-morning flight to Cape Town.
While the rest of the team members wore shirts and trousers, Ganguly also had a jacket on top. This correspondent caught up with him while he was in the coffee shop sipping hot brew.
“So, isn't it pretty cold out here?” I asked. To this Ganguly replied in the affirmative. The Prince of Kolkata would know better as he had sent down four overs in the biting cold and also took two Kings XI Punjab wickets in the last game. “You must understand now how it was for me to bowl in the cold weather,” Ganguly said.
Pushing the conversation ahead, I asked, “You are concentrating a lot on your bowling in the IPL…you did quite a bit of bowling practice at the nets as well…” To this Ganguly said, “Yes, I'm putting in a lot of effort into my bowling. I'm happy that I'm getting the reward for that.” When asked if the IPL was too physically and mentally draining, the former India skipper replied: “Yes, but everyone is doing it.”
Finally, when asked to react to former cricketer Salim Durrani’s comments that T20 was killing Test and ODI cricket, he said, with creases appearing on his forehead: “I wouldn't like to comment on that.”
Perhaps, Ganguly would like to reserve his comment on this issue till he finally bids adieu to cricket!