West look to Tendulkar in Duleep Trophy tie

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Pune: West Zone spearheaded by master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar and East zone led by Shiv Sunder Das will go into the final league tie with renewed vigour, though the outcome of the prestigious Duleep Trophy has already been decided when they clash in the four-day match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from Thursday. There however hangs a question mark over India skipper Saurav Ganguly playing the match, which has kept the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on the tenterhooks, as also his side. The prince of Kolkata has not played any of the Duleep league ties so far. The tie has been jinxed as it was originally scheduled to be played at Mumbai but later shifted to Rajkot but then the due to the unfortunate earthquake disaster it was shifted to the MCA. Batting ace Sachin Tendulkar said that any Duleep Trophy game was important and he we would be taking it with all seriousness. Similar views were also aired by the rival captain S S Das said Debasish Mohanty was the East Zone trump card as he has been in great form after having claimed a record haul of wickets in an innings against South Zone at Agartala. ''We certainly look up to Saurav's presence but then we have played the earlier three tie without him,'' he added. Both teams will announce their final composition before the start of the match.

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