Former Indian cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly has retired from all levels of the game including cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL), media reports said Tuesday.
Ganguly has decided to not play IPL 6.
In the 5th season of IPL, the former Indian skipper was appointed as the captain cum mentor of the team. Though initially the team started well, later on it lost the momentum.
"I had a wondeful time playing in the IPL for five seasons. It gave me a chance to keep playing top-class cricket even after quitting international cricket. But I can´t go on forever, and I have requested the franchise owners not to consider me for IPL 6," Ganguly told TOI.
Ganguly continued to play IPL and first-class cricket after retiring from international cricket in 2008.
He confirmed that he will not play first-class cricket.
"It is tough to play a whole season of first-class cricket when you know that you are not going to play for India. I kept playing first-class cricket because you cannot just turn up for IPL without any sort of preparation," he said.
"Twenty20 is a very demanding format. I will be almost 41 by the time IPL 6 ends. It would have been very tough for the body," Ganguly said.
The Left-handed batsman scored 7,212 runs in 113 Test matches
He hit 11,363 runs in 311 One Day International matches.
Ganguly made 254 first-class appearances in his glorious career.