Ganguly may quit international cricket
The former skipper may quit international cricket soon with him facing the axe for the upcoming home series against Australia, says a report.Updated: Sep 09, 2008 15:10 IST
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly may quit international cricket "sooner rather than later" with him facing the axe for the upcoming home series against Australia, a report said on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old was left out of the Rest of India squad for the five-day Irani Cup match against Ranji Trophy champions Delhi in Vadodara from September 24, seen as a trial match for next month's Test series.
Ganguly's omission from a virtual Test line-up that includes fellow seniors Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Venkatsai Laxman means he is unlikely to figure in the highly anticipated series starting in Bangalore on October 9.
A Kolkata-based daily said the stylish left-hander may not attempt to make a comeback into the Indian team.
"The fight may just have gone out of Sourav Ganguly," the paper said in a frontpage story.
"The former captain could decide to call it a day -- sooner rather than later -- instead of striving for a return to the Team India dressing room."
The paper quoted an unnamed person close to Ganguly saying: "I don't think he is hungry the way he was, say, two years ago."
Ganguly, India's most successful Test captain with 21 wins, was sacked in 2005 and later dropped from both the Test and one-day team after a public spat with the then coach, Australian batting great Greg Chappell.
But he returned to the Test squad in late 2006, emerging as the highest scorer in the away series in South Africa and making useful contributions against England and the home series against the South Africans.
The selectors, however, ignored Ganguly for the Irani Cup after he averaged just 16 in three Tests on the recent tour of Sri Lanka, which the hosts won 2-1.
Tendulkar, who averaged 15 on that tour, and Dravid, who averaged 24, were given another chance by the five-man selection committee headed by former Test captain Dilip Vengsarkar.
"I have no reaction, no comments," Ganguly told the daily.