• Sourav Ganguly asserted that he was quitting on his own terms and there is nothing like Voluntary Retirement Scheme in sports and more so to players like him and other stalwarts like Kumble and Dravid.

    Sourav Ganguly asserted on Tuesday that he was quitting on his own terms and there is nothing like Voluntary Retirement Scheme in sports and more so to players like him and other stalwarts like Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid.

     

    "I don't think it's ever possible that anybody can offer you a VRS in sports," he said.

     

    "You cannot do that to players like (Anil) Kumble, (Rahul) Dravid, (VVS) Laxman, Sachin (Tendulkar) or anyone," said the 36-year-old left-hander.

     

    "What is important is what you get to know from the Board (BCCI) and as far as I, and some of the senior players, are concerned, we have not received any intimation from the Board on anything," he added.

     

    Ganguly said he did not expect to be in the Indian squad for the Test series against Australia after being ignored for the Irani

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  • Pragyan Ojha believes elder craftsmen Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would maul the visitors in the forthcoming Test series if they get a little help from the tracks.

    Pragyan Ojha has done his own assessment of Australia's famed batting line-up and the left-arm spinner believes elder craftsmen Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh would maul the visitors in the forthcoming Test series if they get a little help from the tracks.

     

    Along with Piyush Chawla, Ojha has been instrumental in exposing Australian top-order vulnerability against spin attack and he believes crisis would only compound for Ricky Ponting and his men if India rolls out turners and unleashes Kumble and Harbhajan.

     

    "It would depend on the track but though Australia have a strong line-up especially with (Ricky) Ponting, (Matthew) Hayden and (Michael) Hussey in the ranks I think they would be in trouble if the track offers help to the spinners," said Ojha, who claimed three of the nine Australian wickets claimed by the

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  • 'It is really difficult to get a top class Test batsman because a player needs time to mature. That is why it is very important to retain experienced players,' Zaheer Abbas told IANS in an interview.

    Karachi: Pakistan's legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas has warned that India will make a grave mistake if it decided to dump its senior players who have been the cornerstone of its strong batting line-up.

     

    Zaheer, who was known for his prolific batting, said it is never easy to replace experienced players and India will have to pay the price if it opted to say goodbye to the quartet of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

     

    'Batsmen are like wine, they get better with time,' Zaheer told IANS in an interview on Monday.

     

    'It is really difficult to get a top class Test batsman because a player needs time to mature. That is why it is very important to retain experienced players,' he stressed.

     

    A raging debate is going on in India over the future of the 'fabulous four'

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    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots.

 

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