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Ganguly says he has two more years left

March 02, 2007 18:58 IST

Just when it seemed all over, Sourav Ganguly revived his moribund career to be back in time for his third World Cup. Now the former India captain insists he is still good for another couple of years.

At 24 years of age, signing off on a high in the West Indies would be the perfect finish to Ganguly's chequered career, but the former skipper made it clear that he is not calling it quits anytime soon.

"I'm totally committed to cricket. We'll see how much longer for, but I've still got time to go on, maybe for a year-and-a-half, or two years. We'll see," the left-hander said.

One of the senior-most members of the side who would be playing in their last World Cup, Ganguly felt the showpiece event in the West Indies is an open contest.

"Australia will be good, South Africa will be good, England will be good -- also India and Pakistan -- these are the five teams," Ganguly told BBC Sport.

"West Indies -- they're playing at home, so they'll be a dangerous team. Really anybody can win the World Cup," added Ganguly.

"It's always been a great tournament for the fans and it will be again. There's all the preparations, the stature of the event and the fact that everybody's eye is on the World Cup," Ganguly said about the premier one-day tournament in the world.

"It's the biggest event in the sport so it's a wonderful atmosphere," he said.

A player needs unwavering concentration to succeed in such a pressure situation, opined the former skipper.

"You have to concentrate on the game. Concentrate on scoring runs and taking wickets, rather than thinking about how big the game is.

"The minute your mind takes over, then you probably put yourself under a lot of pressure," he explained.

Ganguly, however, gave a thumbs down to the newest version of the game -- Twenty20 cricket.

"I have not really enjoyed Twenty20 cricket. We'll have to wait and see how it goes.

"I can understand its success in English domestic cricket -- whenever I have turned out for Northants it's a full house. But I don't think it's right for the international game," he added.


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