Follow Sachin's footsteps: Sourav Ganguly tells Bengal colts

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 U-19 team here on Friday.

Asking them to follow the footsteps Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly told the youngsters that they should remain focus 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 focused 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.