Thatscricket - News - Saurav foresees a keen tussle in triangular series

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: "The forthcoming One-day series will be a well-contested one," skipper of Indian team Saurav Ganguly said on Sunday before leaving for Chennai enroute to Sri Lanka for the triangular series.India would play Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the One-dayers besides a three-match Test series with the islanders.Saurav said Sri Lanka would be a formidable opponent both in the Limited Over and the Test series. "However, I am sure by this time we have been able to get out of the hangover of our defeat to West Indies in the final of the Limited Over series in Zimbabwe and not being able to clinch the Test series there. Our team is now rearing to go for the coming series at Sri Lanka." Saurav felt that the performance of the bowlers would be a key factor in the coming tour. The bowlers who are able to perform according to conditions prevailing there would definitely provide advantage to their side, he said. Saurav expressed his satisfaction about the tour itinerary as unlike in Zimbabwe the One-dayers would be played before the Test series.However, he was a bit apprehensive about the weather conditions there and said it was much in contrast to the condition in Zimbabwe. The weather in Sri Lanka would be hot and humid and would take a lot from us, he said. When asked which of the two teams would be India's main opponent in the One-day series, the Indian captain said in international cricket specially in the Limited Over one, no team could ever be written off. Though world champion Sri Lanka are known for its prowess in Limited Over matches, the Kiwis would not be pushovers either, Saurav added.Regarding Sachin Tendulkar's absence during the initial matches of the triangular series, Saurav said the Indian side would definitely have been a stronger one if the little master could join the squad from the beginning.Sachin is not accompanying the Indian team at the initial stage as he is now recuperating from an injury he received in the final of the last triangular series at Zimbabwe. Sachin is scheduled to join the team in Sri Lanka from the last league match of the tri-series Limited Over tournament and then continue till the end of the Test series. Asked to comment on the little master's statement that he did not rule out becoming the captain in future, the Indian captain, according to reports here, said neither had he read what Sachin said nor he spoke to the master blaster about it."However, from what I have been told, Sachin made a fair remark," Saurav said and added that Sachin was entitled to have an opinion on how he saw captaincy. UNI

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