• I was lucky to have Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Sehwag and Harbhajan probably playing their best cricket at that stage between 2000 and 2005, says the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly in an interview to the Hindustan Times.

    Having been in the thick of things for the better part of his career, Sourav Ganguly was languishing at deep mid-wicket and waiting for the final moment on Monday. It came at 2.10 pm, when the last Australian wicket fell and India's most successful skipper became a former player.

    He joined the celebrations before being chaired out quite fittingly by Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman with Ishant Sharma lending support. Ganguly showed no emotions at his final media conference in India colours, although he sounded somewhat low on energy. Maybe he was making too strong an effort to stay normal. The following are excerpts of what he said.

    On going out on a winning note

     

    To win the series 2-0 against the best side in the world is very satisfying. After the first Test in

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  • On the eve of his final Test match, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly talks to Kunal Pradhan about his career, captaincy, controversies and 'youngistan'.

    On the eve of his final Test match, Ganguly talks to Kunal Pradhan about his career, captaincy, controversies and 'youngistan'

     

    Has it sunk in that this is your last Test?

     

    Totally. To be honest, I can't wait to go (laughs). When I decided to quit, it wasn't in haste. I knew exactly what it would mean. I prepared myself to accept that this was going to be it. I will have 113 Tests against my name, and no more.

    How difficult was it to make the decision?

     

    I'm sure it's never easy for anyone. But there were a lot of factors. I'd been left out of the Irani team, and I'd been out of the one-day side for a while. The fact that I wasn't playing ODIs played a big part. If I'd been playing in both forms of the game, perhaps I would've thought differently. I always wanted to leave on a high. There is no point being pushed around,

    Read More »from Sourav’s final stand
  • "It's tough when you've played 18 years of international cricket. But the body was asking questions every day. Probably, the injury helped me make the decision," Anil Kumble said at charged press conference in Delhi.

    People say he is not emotional, but that's far from true. He is passionate about cricket, among the most fair men you can hope to meet and gets angry when he does not meet the high standards he sets for himself. After an emotional final day, he addressed a charged press conference. Excerpts:

    How difficult was the decision?

     

    It's tough when you've played 18 years of international cricket. Delhi has been special. I have some fond memories, personally as a cricketer and also as a team. But the body was asking questions every day. Probably, the injury helped me make the decision.

     

    On when he informed his teammates and whether recent criticism pushed him towards retirement?

     

    I did inform them (team-mates). I made the decision the previous night. I didn't take the decision

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