London, Sep 9 (UNI) Despite failing to make it to the squad for the Irani Trophy, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly refuses to walk away into the sunset.
''I would like to think I have a couple of years left,'' Ganguly told 'The Sun'. ''You want to finish with reputation intact, not with people questioning your ability.'' The 'Prince of Kolkata' is resigned to the fact that he can no longer be a regular in the one-day squad but is determined to retain his position in the longer version of the game.
''I miss the one-day game but the older players understand we won't be playing in the 2011 World Cup. So now it is time for the young players to get match experience,'' he said. ''However, at the present moment I'm playing Test cricket and Twenty20 in the Indian Premier League.'' Praising Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis, Ganguly said,''He is a very accurate bowler and at the other end we had Muttiah Muralitharan. It is too early to say how Mendis will do in the long term compared to Murali, but there is no question he will be a big player for them.'' The elegant left-hander listed reaching the World Cup final and beating Australia at home as some of the special memories in his illustrous career.
''There are so many special memories: Reaching the World Cup final in 2003, beating Pakistan in Pakistan. Doing well in Australia as captain in 2003 and beating them in India in 2001.
Winning the Test series in England last year was very special,'' he pointed out.
''For me it is about the team. Cricket is a team sport. A hundred in a defeat is not as good as a 70 in a victory,'' he added.
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