Kolkata:After hitting an unbeaten 75 to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to an emphatic win over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match here, Sourav Ganguly on Saturday hit back at his detractors for pulling him down each time he does not perform.
"Some people like pulling me down. As I had said earlier, I would not have survived if I was not good enough. That probably keeps me going. I work hard and I am honest at my work," Ganguly said after his 50-ball unbeaten 75 helped KKR beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets at the Eden Gardens.
"I react. After being around for so long, I know whether it's right or wrong. If it's right, I try to get better. I've one intention to play well every time. It happens at times, and it does not work sometimes. I am a firm believer that if I have put in effort off the ground, I will be successful on the ground," he said.
"It's never difficult for me to motivate in any game I played. I play this sport with lot of passion. I have responsibility to the team, my personal pride that keeps me going. I am happy I have played well and won games for KKR," he added.
Ganguly took a stunning catch to dismiss Yusuf Pathan and when asked about his new-found fitness, he said, "I worked on my fitness for six-seven months. Also the passion for Knight Riders to do well keeps me going."
"I took a catch in the Ranji final (in 1992-93) in slips against Mumbai in Mumbai. That was also special. A one hand catch," he added.
Asked whether the dismissal of Pathan was the turning point of the match, Ganguly said, "Yusuf Pathan is a dangerous player but Jaidev Unadkat took important wickets."
He said KKR played some outstanding cricket this season but rued that they slipped at crucial games.
"We have played some outstanding cricket, have been poor at times like the game against Punjab and Bangalore recently. We lost the way. We have let important moments slip out also," Ganguly said.
Asked why he and Cheteshwar Pujara, who hit an unbeaten 45, did not try to win the game quicker which would have shored up their run rate more, Ganguly attributed their approach to the difficult wicket.
"It was a difficult wicket, it was turning and stopping also. We lost two wickets, we needed to build a partnership. First think about winning the game before thinking about the run-rate. If we don't win the game then run-rate does not matter," said the former India captain.