Sachin should retire on a high: Ganguly
CRICKET: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly feels that Sachin Tendulkar, who is regarded as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) by many, should hang up his boots only when he is in good touch with the bat.
Ganguly, who was invited for the inauguration party of the ‘Sporting Times’ in Kolkata, exclaimed - “I will put it this way, I wish them well and I hope they play well. I have seen lot of good things in England, and in the West Indies, but Test cricket obviously is different. I don’t want to sound negative but it’s going to be hard on green, pacy wickets. So, let’s hope Dhoni again pulls something out of the hat.
“He has got such a massive reputation as a player, the best I have seen during my career, and I’ve played against the likes of Brian Lara. I have said so to him personally as well. Whenever he finishes, whatever time he wants to, he should finish being the player he is (and) not someone who has struggled. More than Tendulkar getting past 200 Test matches, I really want him to get a hundred in South Africa,” he added.
Ganguly, who is currently the head of the Editorial Board with Wisden India, also appreciated the performance of the other team members, including Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh.
“It’s great to see such a fantastic leader, he just gets better and better. Such comparisons (between Dhoni & Ganguly) don’t irritate me. It’s bound to happen but, then, I don’t take too much interest in them because my time as a player is done. It’s his time now, and he will be done in four years or so and someone else will come.
I hope Jadeja keeps playing well and also hope Yuvraj comes back. He is a terrific player, was man of the tournament in the World Cup. Who would have imagined that he will not be part of the team in 2013? For that matter, who expected him to make that comeback from cancer? Who knows what’s in store six months down the line?” Ganguly stated, as he signed off.