Haven't heard anything from Kochi: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was given the cold shoulder at the recent IPL auctions earlier this month, said he hasn't received any offer from the Kochi franchise, as reported by some sections of the media. "I don't know much about Kochi. I haven't heard anything about the offer," Ganguly said.
Speaking at the launch of a Fever 104 FM programme that will see Ganguly speak on an on-air audio blog for the first time, Ganguly declined to comment on the January8-9 auctions where none of the ten franchises showed any interest to buy him. "I don't want to talk about the IPL right now," was all Ganguly said.
Asked about his future plans regarding the IPL, Ganguly said: "Right now I'm still unsold so I have not given it any thought."
The Knight Riders management had later floated the idea to offer Ganguly a possible role as team mentor but the former icon player said he was unaware of any developments.
At 38, Sourav Ganguly conceded he wasn't going to play forever. "You can't keep playing forever. Many cricketers have taken up options off the field. I will have to take the right option but I'm yet to make a decision."
The ups and downs were too many but Ganguly said he has no regrets. "I can go home with the belief and pride that I had a role to play in what India has gone on to become now," he said.
"Not only me, Sachin (Tendulkar), VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid all have been part of the team that has done better with time. We had some great victories like the one against Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001 and when we beat England away," he said.
"These things will always be special. It feels really good to know that I was part of that success road for India."
'India can do it'
Ganguly, the only captain to have led India to a World Cup final apart from Kapil Dev, said: "I seriously think India have a great chance to win it this time. If we win, it will be fantastic. But even if we don't win we will still support you. It's a very good and settled side with a great bunch of boys."
Batting is India's mainstay and Ganguly said with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag coming back fresh, it will be further boosted.
"Apart from India, South Africa and Australia are always big teams when it comes to the World Cup. Australia have a good bowling attack," he said.
Ganguly also said Pakistan and West Indies could be in the race. "Pakistan are always dangerous. They will be the dark horses in this World Cup. West Indies have a very strong batting and a very good side," he said.