Test is yard stick for judging quality of cricketer: Ganguly

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Bangalore, Apr 17 (UNI) Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today opined that ''Test is the yard stick for judging quality of a player and nothing can replace the yard stick.'' Addressing a press conference on the eve of IPL match, Ganguly, who is leading Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural match, said ''Test is important, my priority would be for test matches and in my personal view a player can be rated based on his performance in the Test matches.'' On the kind of pressure while leading T20 team and test team, he said ''leading a test team is entirely different from T20 but when you lead the country it is entirely different.'' ''Even the upcoming speed star Ishant Sharm's performance can also be judged only after 10 years from now depending upon how he does in test matches'', Ganguly added.

On how he feels captaining with Australia captain Ricky Ponting in his T20 team, he said ''Ricky is one of the great players in the world and knows his responsibility.'' About strategy for the morrow's match, he said during last three days interaction with the players were going on and had come out with a strategy which will be revealed only during the match.

When asked whether he feels tired to play in IPL after hectic South Africa series, the 'Bengal Tiger' said ''I am ready after three days of rest after the series.'' Ganguly said ''the 43-day IPL will certainly give a thrilling experience and I am sure it is going to be a good experience since it requires to perform to keep up reputation and the amount of money involved.'' Kolkata Knight Riders team coach John Buchanon, former Australian coach, said ''the IPL is a good idea, it is an important competition and it gives opportunity to improve the game of cricket in three forms - test, ODI and now T20.'' He said that it gives good opportunity for the players since great players from different parts of the world are coming together to play for their respective teams.

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