He wants to play freely: Srikkanth
It began simply enough with a conversation out in the middle, during practice, when Sourav Ganguly walked up to Krishnamachari Srikkanth, chairman of the selection committee, to have a chat, reports Anand Vasu.cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2008 23:33 IST
It began simply enough with a conversation out in the middle, during practice, when Sourav Ganguly walked up to Krishnamachari Srikkanth, chairman of the selection committee, to have a chat.
“He just told me that he wanted to play the series freely, bat well, score runs and hopefully win games for India,” Srikkanth explained. “Then we went back into the dressing-room to continue our chat, and the captain and the coach were also present.”
Ganguly's logic of wanting to put an end to the speculation and play without fear of being dropped or talk of having arranged a voluntary retirement scheme, found many takers.
Srikkanth and Narendra Hirwani, the other selector present, also felt this was the best way forward, and agreed with Ganguly.
The players in the dressing-room applauded as the man who had led them more successfully than anyone else ended what has been a difficult period in his long and colourful career. "He is an extraordinary player with a fantastic record. He is one of the finest captains world cricket has seen and a great batsman," said Srikkanth. "He wanted to go out on a high.
He deserves it with the kind of record he has built over the years. I hope he scores a couple of centuries and India win the series."
Ganguly's announcement also takes one of the most difficult decisions out of the hands of the newly formed selection committee.
HTC adds from Mumbai: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was all praise for Ganguly. Sharing his experiences with the former India skipper, Inzamam said, “Sourav is a very good player and one of the best captains I have played against.
Speaking about the lean patch Sourav had gone through in the past, Inzamam said: “Last couple of years have been tough on him.”
“The way he made his comeback showed that he is a great fighter. I thought he had some more cricket left in him.”