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I would love to play IPL for a few more years: Ganguly

Last updated on: June 6, 2011 10:16 IST

'After four or five years I will think about other options'

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said he wants to play in the Indian Premier League for a few more years before looking at other cricketing assignments.

"I (would) like to play for some more years in IPL. May be after four or five years I will think about other options," Ganguly said, during an interaction with students.

Ganguly who was initially unsold in the IPL auction but later played for Pune Warriors in IPL-4 as a replacement player.

Speaking about his most memorable Test match Ganguly said "My first Test at Lords was the best for creating overall impact on my career. God was kind and after that I was destined to play for many years."

"But in terms of quality the hundred in Australia was the best. Also, the 90 against South Africa at Kanpur was very good," the former India captain added.


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Ganguly believes McGrath best bowler he faced

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Among all the bowlers he faced, Ganguly felt Australian paceman Glenn McGrath was the most difficult. Among the Indian bowlers he reckoned both Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath were very good.

India's most successful Test captain advised the students to overcome tension to be successful and shared a few anecdotes to convey the message.

He mentioned one incident involving batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who before a Test match in Sydney during his days remained awake almost the whole night as he was tense and was desperate to grab the chance.

At the same time the master batsman remained focused about the job to be done and achieved success, Ganguly said.


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'Players like Sehwag and I had to work hard to succeed'

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He also urged the students to work hard to overcome pressure and stress.

"Hard work never goes in vain", he said adding that "Some players like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are very talented. But players like Virender Sehwag and me had to work hard to succeed."

Encouraging the kids to have a positive approach in life, Ganguly explained to the students, "The day I went to bat thinking that my opponent bowlers won't be able to get me out, I did well. And, the day I thought that my rival bowler had a better swing or was crafty I would not perform as expected."


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