Wednesday, July 16, 2008

India in Sri Lanka 2008: Does it indicate the end of Sourav Ganguly’s ODI career?

Indian former skipper and left-hander Sourav Ganguly has turned 36 this July. Perhaps, he can play two more years for Indian cricket team. He was out of India’s one-day team from recently held Asia Cup 2008 ODI tournament in Pakistan and has left out from list of 30 probable for the Champions Trophy in September. His left out from the preliminary squad which was announced ahead of the Champions Trophy raise a question about his retirement from one-day international cricket. However, he has denied his retirement from one-day international. His career in the 50-over format is in doubt. Sourav Ganguly last played a one-day international in November last year.

Now, he has been included in the 16-member Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour. In that time he is giving more concentrate on three-match Test series. You already know that this veteran player has already played 100 Test matches and become seventh Indian cricketer and taking 5th position in for India to have scored highest runs in Test. He is the fourth Indian to have played more than 300 ODI match. After sachin Tendulkar, he is the second among Indians who has the highest ODI runs in the world. He is also one of only seven batsmen to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs.

However, leaving out from national side is not new for Sourav Ganguly. He got out from national team in early 2006 but he was recalled to the Indian Test side in December and made a successful comeback in the 2006-2007 Indian tour of South Africa. So, I think Sri Lanka tour can change his fate once again and give him place in the probable list of Champions Trophy.

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