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We will be ruthless, clinical: Ganguly

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2000, 23:00 [IST]
 
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Kanpur: Indian captain Saurav Ganguly on Sunday said that his team will be ruthless and clinical, but not vengeful, to clinch the One-day series against Zimbabwe.''True, we have an edge over the visitors with a modest 2-1 lead but the way the Africans played and composed their proceedings under tremendous pressure is commendable, giving a wake up call for us to be alert on each move of the game,'' Ganguly told newspersons after the nets here.Having taken a healthy 2-0 lead after performing well at Cuttack and Ahmedabad, India lost to Zimbabwe by one wicket and one ball to spare in a nail-biting finish in the third One-dayer at Jodhpur.

The Bengal Tiger cautioned his teammates against complacency on the eve of the fourth of the five-match One-day series.''Every team wishes to win, but we want to start playing some consistent good cricket and click in each department of the game,'' he said hoping that the Indian bowling attack, which failed to protect a big aggregate in the last match, would not be wayward on the morrow.

The skipper pointed out that the team would field three medium-pacers, though there was a consideration underway to opt for two specialist spinners or a tweaker and an all-rounder. Since Reetinder Singh Sodhi is already out of the announced 13, Saurav hinted that two young fellows would figure in the playing XI. This raised a hope for Delhi batsman Virender Shewag, Tamil Nadu off-spinner Aashish Kapoor and all-rounder Sridharan Sriram.

About the failure of Nairobi discovery Yuvraj Singh who has not been in a good nick of late, Ganguly said, ''I do not have any doubt about Yuvraj's merit. He is a great performer and it is just a matter of chance that he could not gather runs in the last three matches. Young guns in the team are very talented. Do not expect them to perform world class all the time. Give them time to show their expertise and no pressure, please...'' UNI

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