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Ganguly reminds me of McEnroe: Wright

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 20:24

Kolkata: Iconic cricketer Sourav Ganguly`s television commentary reminds former India coach John Wright of ecletic tennis superstar John McEnroe, now a popular figure with the mic.

In the city for a promotional programme, the New Zealander hailed Ganguly`s decision to call it quits from all levels of the game and said it might be for his successful stint in the commentatary box.

"He is 40 and is doing a good job as a commentator. His direct, to the point comments reminds me of John McEnroe. I`m interested to see more of him. He is doing really well," Wright said.

Remembering his association with Ganguly, a stint that saw the rise of Indian cricket, Wright said, "It`s always worthwhile to come back to Kolkata....

"That was a fantastic time (in Indian cricket). We challenged each other. We had endlesss debates, there were times when we agreed and disagreed. We all were passionate about working together.

"In Sachin (Tendulkar), (Rahul) Dravid, (Jawagal) Srinath, (Anil) Kumble, VVS (Laxman), (Harbhajan) Singh, we had a group of players who had the desire to become worldclass cricketers." the former India coach said about the chemistry he shared with Ganguly.

"I`ve full confidence that he would make the right timing about when and where to finish. But as long as he is there, he would be at full flow," Wright said with a smiling.

Wright was also not too concerned at the number of times Tendulkar was getting bowled of late.

"If I am not wrong, he gets bowled mostly to left-armers. I remember him getting bowled to West Indian Pedro Collins too a few years ago.

"But, I don`t think there is a technical flaw or a matter of serious concern. He is good enough to overcome these challenges," the New Zealander said.

"I am really optimistic of Sachin scoring a century or even a double century. For, I am sure he should be acutely motivated to have a go at the Englishmen and the Australians later this year," he pointed out.

Asked whether India should prepare turning tracks to take the home advantage in the upcoming four-Test series against England, Wright said: "You would always want to take the home advantage. But a Test should last the full five days.

"I would not endorse a wicket that starts turning from day one. It`s really good to have a good batting strip for first three days and then it should assist the spinners."

Wright was also not sure whether IPL would help out producing high class Test cricketers.

"It`s very difficult for young cricketers to learn the game from IPL. It`s a challenge to produce high quality Test cricketers," he said.

Wright was in the city as the brand ambassador of the Southern Institute of Technology (Auckland) as part of its tour to eight Indian cities.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 20:24

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