Ganguly reposes faith in newcomers

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2000, 20:00 [IST]
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Calcutta: Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has high expectations from his teammates in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Knock Out tournament starting on October 3 at Nairobi. Ganguly reposes a lot of faith particularly on newcomers all-rounder Youvraj Singh, pacer Zaheer Khan and wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya.''Two weeks of hard training in Chennai has honed the skills of the boys. We have a young team and there is no reason why we should not do well'', he said.

Ganguly, who arrived here on Sunday, said he was quite impressed with the newcomers and hoped they would do well in Nairobi. ''India have won tournaments in the past and we are going to Nairobi with a positive mind. The break during the off-season has been great for the boys,'' he added. India will start for the Kenyan capital on Wednesday. ''The team is quite fit and our Physio Andrew Leipus has been working hard to keep the boys in good shape.'' Regarding his personal fitness, Ganguly said he was in perfect condition. ''After all, I was playing for six days-a-week and now I am raring to go.

It will be nice playing with the team again,'' he said.Commenting on Dahiya's inexperience, he said it will not hamper the side in the wicket-keeping department. ''Currently on form, he is the best available and I really think he will do a good job,'' the Indian skipper stated. The skipper is yet to speak to Javagal Srinath regarding the his (Srinath's) role in One-day Internationals. Srinath had indicated he would prefer to be left out of the One-day squad and according to his wishes, he was not called up for Nairobi.

Ganguly had said that he intended to speak to Srinath and persuade him to reconsider his decision. The presence of seven left-handers in the side does not matter much, Ganguly said. ''They were selected before and they were the best options,'' he said. UNI

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