Feels good to be considered young: Sourav Ganguly

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Kolkata, Mar 20 (UNI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today said it felt good to receive a young achiever award when there was such a huge debate about youth and experience in this country.

Ganguly was conferred YLF (Young Leaders' Forum) Outstanding Young Achievers' Award by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in recognition of his contribution as an young achiever who made a difference to people's lives.

The award ceremony became a platform for Ganguly to take a dig at his detractors as he felt the nomenclature of the honour recognised him as a young person, at a time when the youth versus experience debate raged the Indian cricket.

''The word 'young' before the award is very special. I will surely get up tomorrow feeling better,'' he said.

''In a country where there is such a huge debate on young (read youth) and experience it feels great to get an award with the word young before it,'' he said.

In recent times Ganguly has often faced the axe from the Indian team selectors for their emphasis on newcomers. In the last series against Australia, Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the One Day International (ODI) side even after a phenomenal comeback in both the forms of cricket.

He also said he was looking forward to playing in the ODI, if given a chance by the selectors.

''I am looking forward to playing in the ODIs again, but it is upon the selectors to choose,'' Ganguly said here at a function where he was conferred a young achiever's award by the Chamber of Commerce.

Asked if he was giving an extra stress on his fitness, he said: ''I have always tried to stay fit and the regime helps me to stay away from injuries.'' Ganguly said he was looking forward to playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

However, he was not all focussed on the IPL right now as he said: ''Let the IPL begin first. I am sure I will enjoy my captaincy.'' Speaking about the forthcoming home series against South Africa, Ganguly sounded confident.

He said it would be a good competitive series.''The fact that South Africans are playing at home could weigh upon the performance,'' he added.

Asked to pick the better South African bowlers, he said, ''All the bowlers in their side are good. But we have played them before and it should not be difficult.'' UNI BA SBC DB2243

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