“I'm happier today than I was when I made my India debut," Sourav Ganguly said after he learnt the news of his inclusion in the Indian Test team.
There was a spring in Ganguly's stride as he ran into the Eden Gardens to join the Bengal Ranji team huddle. Stretching, a game of football, some fielding and then he was at the nets, first knocking the spinners and then moving to another wicket to face the quicks.
Ganguly may not have scored as heavily in the recent months as he did before his Test debut, but he feels his experience will be his forte. “I bring a lot of international runs and the experience of playing in South Africa,” he said.
This spirit has fired Ganguly in the most adverse situations, as he hung on to try to return to the Indian team. He played almost every domestic match available and has grown stronger with every rejection.
“The same boys had done well on bouncy wickets in Australia and there is no reason they won't do well in South Africa. It's difficult to say what's wrong with the team sitting so far away," he said.