Thatscricket - News - Injury to players part of game: Ganguly

Published: Monday, July 16, 2001, 3:35 [IST]
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Chennai: ''It is going to be a difficult tour, as Sri Lanka is a good side at home. We have to play hard'', Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly said on Monday before the team's departure to Sri Lanka for the triangular series. Addressing a press conference here, Ganguly said the team would miss Sachin Tendulkar. But an injury to a player was part of the game, he said. ''However, it will be good if Tendulkar joins us later on the tour'', he added. Ganguly also denied charges of drug abuse against some Indian cricketers. Former manager Chetan Chauhan had already issued a statement in this regard, he pointed out. Asked why Tendulkar's injury was not known even to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ganguly said, ''It was not a serious injury. There was no broken bone, it was just a bad bruise. There was no point in making a hue and cry about it as Tendulkar was playing well in spite of it. He also got a hundred, Ganguly averred.''No'', Ganguly said emphatically when asked if he was under any pressure following the threat from the extremist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba.Asked why the team was keeping its option open for the inexperienced Amay Khurasiya, the opening batsman, Ganguly said ''Amay could not get an opportunity earlier despite his commendable form in domestic cricket. Both John Wright and I have confidence in him. He is an attacking batsman and that's important in One-day cricket'', Ganguly said.When pointed out that India seemed to be failing in crunch situations, he said ''I don't have an answer for this. It means we have to learn to play under pressure.''India:Saurav Ganguly (captain), Rahul Dravid (vice-captain), V V S Laxman, Hemang Badani, Sameer Dhige (wicket-keeper), Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Virender Shewag, Harbhajan Singh, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Ajit Agarkar, Debasis Mohanty, Rahul Sanghvi, Yuvraj Singh and Amay Khurasiya. UNI

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