New Delhi:Sourav Ganguly will go down as a great one-day player but the same cannot be said of the stylish left-hander in Test cricket as he lacked consistency, says former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.
"I think at the one-day level, he is a great player. With the number of runs he has made, the number of man of the match awards he won he is right up there. But at the Test level, he was just a level short because he was not as consistent," Gavaskar said of the Bengal player, who bid adieu to international cricket today.
In fact, Gavaskar feels India will find another Ganguly some time later but what the team would struggle for is a replacement for spin legend Anil Kumble.
"It is not easy to replace Kumble or Ganguly. Their experience is invaluable but I believe Kumble is going to be harder to replace with his 600 wickets then Ganguly. But we have got the talent," he told a private TV channel.
And among the youngsters who have impressed him most, Gavaskar rates pacer Ishant Sharma as the best.
"I think Ishant is going to be very special. This is what was spoken about Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath. Let's take Kapil out because he is the greatest. But the deliveries like the slower one which Srinath learnt after four or five years of international cricket, Ishant has learnt in just one year of playing," he said.
"He is learning new balls and with that kind of head on his shoulders, he is going to take a bagful of wickets. He will not let a lot of opening partnerships flourish," he added.