Former India Captain, Saurav Ganguly who will be 41 in July this year, is showing no signs of slowing down, but he is already looking forward to defying the latest odds in next year’s IPL.
When asked about his plans for next year Ganguly said:
"I will take a call next season. As a matter of fact, I would not be even 41 when the IPL 6 would begin in 2013. 40 is just a number to me. For me life is simple and consistent. The age does not matter to me, it makes no difference at all.”
Ganguly is India’s most successful test captain, winning 21 of 49 games in charge but this record was not enough to prevent him from criticism after his side, Pune Warriors, endured a disappointing IPL season in 2012.
“I'm also a human and prone to failures. Somehow you have to deal with it. Many captains have failed (in the IPL) but it's Sourav Ganguly who always makes the headlines" he said.
Ganguly played 113 tests for India and achieved a batting average of 42.17. He played 311 one day internationals, averaging 41.02, and was last able to contribute to results and scores for India in 2008.
Ganguly has certainly had some ups and downs throughout his career but he knows how lucky he has been to have had such a long and successful life in cricket.
"I cherish my entire life. I've been blessed with a life full of good memories” he said.
India’s ODI series in Sri Lanka starts on 21st July and, although Ganguly has been out of the team for a number of years, they would surely appreciate a player with his genius - if not his temperament - in their middle order today.