Kolkata, Nov 25: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today said that he was "desperate" to become the national coach but ended up being an administrator.
"You should do what you can and not thinking about the outcome. You never know where life goes, you never know where life will take you. I went to Australia in 1999, I wasn't even the vice-captain. Sachin (Tendulkar) was the captain and in three months I became the captain of India," he said.
"When I got into administration, I was desperate to be the coach of the national side. (Jagmohan) Dalmiya called me and said 'why you don't you try for six months'. He passed away and none was around, so I became the CAB president. People take 20 years to become president. You have to live for
the day," Ganguly said while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017.
He also spoke about his controversial face-off with coach Greg Chappell and why he called it quits.
One of the most successful Indian captains Ganguly was dropped in January 2006 but made a comeback against South Africa in the Johannesburg Test in December and went on to score an unbeaten 51.
In the home series against Pakistan in 2007, Ganguly notched up a century and a double hundred before retiring against Australia in the Nagpur Test in November 2008.
"As I announced retirement in 2008, Sachin came at lunch and asked me 'why did you take such a decision?' I said because I don't want to play any more. He then said 'this is the best time to see you play in such flow. Last three years had been your best'.
"I retired because at some point you've had enough. The reason is not because you have had enough of playing the sport but because you've had enough of getting selected all the time. I remember those days and think individual sports is a lot better when you are not dependent on team."
Ganguly said the biggest problem in a team sport is the fact that one gets selected by others, so even if one works well, he/she may not get a place in the side.