I will miss Sachin, others: Ganguly

Updated: 12 November 2008 07:06 IST

Chaos ruled supreme as Sourav Ganguly returned home this evening after playing his final Test in Nagpur.

I will miss Sachin, others: Ganguly


Sourav Ganguly, who returned home to a rousing welcome from fans this evening, said he would not miss cricket and would like to meet the soccer legend Diego Maradona when he comes here.

"I just want to see him," Ganguly said referring to the Argentine footballer.

Having returned to his home town after playing his last Test at Nagpur, Ganguly said that he would, however, miss the company of his teammates.

At his Behala residence Ganguly told reporters: "We share a good camaraderie among ourselves. We make fun and crack jokes together. I don't think I will miss cricket but will miss the companions."

Reiterating that he will not change his retirement decision, Ganguly said: "In sports, you have to retire one day. It's about physical ability. Once you start playing, you have to call it quits some day. It's like when you are born you have to die ... All great players like Maradona, Pele, Sampras and Gavaskar retired..."

Ganguly picked his Lord's debut Test, his first captaincy and the recent series win as his Big Three moments.

About his future plans, Ganguly ruled out commentary as an option.

"There are a lot of opportunities coming in. But, at present, there is no such plan to do commentary ... It needs lot of travelling."

Ganguly added that he is yet to decide on his future plans.

"You have to wait and see ... I have not thought about it yet. IPL is in April there's a long way to go ... But I will definitely do something that will contribute to the game."

On the 2-0 series win to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Ganguly said, "We outplayed them in all the departments ... We celebrated a lot. It was fantastic. We had lot of drinks as we never done in life. We had great fun ... Anil and I were there present and celebrated our win till 1 in the night."

Praising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he added, "He (Dhoni) has done well as captain in his last one year tenure and I am sure, he will take India cricket forward. There's a lot of talented players... it depends how they transform them into performance."

Earlier, there was chaos at the airport as large number of fans gathered to welcome him.

His car was mobbed and halted before he was escorted by the pilot vehicles from the VVIP exit of the airport.

Police had to resort to mild baton charge to calm down the situation as Ganguly's black SUV with his wife Dona and daughter Sana on board made way to their Behala residence.

There were chants of "Dada Dada ... ami tumake bhulchhi na, bhulbo na... (Dada we are not going to forget you)." Some waved the Tricolour while others carried Ganguly's posters.

The CAB will organise a grand function at the Eden Gardens on December 7 to felicitate Sourav in a befitting manner.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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