Kolkata: Sep 6, 2013
Be it success or failure, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has seen it all, and the Bengal’s favourite son shared his experience while giving a pep-talk to the state’s Under-19 team in Kolkata on Friday.
Asking them to follow the footsteps Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly told the youngsters that they should remain focused and committed to the sport.
Comparing a cricketer’s life to that of a boxer, Ganguly said: “Cricketers’ life is like that of a boxer in the ring. You have to take blows but yet remain steady and focus.”
Critics might have been harsh on Tendulkar in the recent past, but Ganguly said: “They must remember that out of 327 innings, Tendulkar has scored 51 hundreds and 67 half centuries.”
“Most of the times, he comes to bat when the team is in a crisis with three wickets down, and yet he remains focus and builds his innings. Three things — self-confidence, practice and patience — are the most important things,” he said asking the youngsters to develop a never-say-die attitude.