No regrets for quitting cricket: Ganguly

Retiring veteran Sourav Ganguly made it clear that he does not regret announcing his retirement after the Australia series.

updated: October 19, 2008 15:07 IST
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Retiring veteran Sourav Ganguly made it clear that he does not regret announcing his retirement after the Australia series even though runs continue to flow from his blade but was rather ambiguous about a possible comeback, saying "we'll cross the bridge when we come to it."

Ganguly's 16th Test century, although laboured, proved he has not lost his appetite for runs and the left-hander said it was hugely satisfying coming against the world number one team.

But he said it would not have any effect on his decision to retire after the series.

"No, it's the right decision and I don't have any regrets," Ganguly said when asked if it made him feel bad that he was leaving the scene despite some cricket still left in him.

Asked why he was retiring when he still is good enough to continue, Ganguly said, "I don't want to play anymore. I have been playing well for the last two years, except that series in Sri Lanka. I feel time has come for me to go."

It was when asked about possibility of coming out from retirement that Ganguly was little ambiguous.

"We'll cross the bridge when it comes. As it stands, I'm retiring after this series," he said.

The former India captain also said that he was not a victim of any circumstances.

"No, it was my personal decision," he said.

Having made a statement on the field, Ganguly said all he wanted was to go on a high.

"I'm considering every day as my last day (in the Indian team). I'm trying to enjoy everyday, trying to do my best in the series," he said.

Ganguly also took the opportunity to make his point that age should not be the criterion for selection.

"It should be an individual decision and honestly speaking, age should be no bar," Ganguly said of his fellow senior teammates.

"Guys like (VVS) Laxman, Rahul (Dravid) and Sachin (Tendulkar) have been scoring runs consistently and should be judged by their performance," he added.

Though Ganguly was not ready to consider his century here as one of his best, the left-hander said it was immensely satisfying.

"Every run against Australia is satisfying and to score a century against a pace attack of that quality is always satisfying. It's not the most memorable but surely one that I would cherish," he said.

Ganguly played a patient knock and had just eight boundaries in his century, underlining the hard work he put in the knock.

"It was not easy scoring the boundaries. They had set the field in such a way that there was not much gap and they had people saving the fours as well. The key was to have patience," Ganguly explained.

He said Test cricket's primacy could not be questioned and players would be remembered for how they perform in the longer version of the game.

"You are remembered for what you do in Test cricket, this is the ultimate thing. When you talk about great players, you talk about Sunil Gavaskar, Steve Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting for what they have done in Test cricket. Some of the them have played Twenty20 but people won't remember them for that," he said.

On Australian opener Matthew Hayden's prolonged bad patch, Ganguly quipped, "Hopefully he keeps doing like this in this series. I mean he is a great player and would definitely bounce back, but maybe in the next series."