Diwadkar to soon submit report to BCCI on GCA

Published: Monday, September 3, 2001, 22:30 [IST]
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Chennai: The Indian cricket team was all set to perform better in the coming tour of South Africa, though not forgetting the 'patchy' performance in the Sri Lankan tour that ended in Colombo on Sunday.
The team led by Saurav Ganguly was received to a quiet arrival here on Monday from Colombo and the players dispersed to their respective homes later in the day. Talking to media persons at the airport, Ganguly said, 'One cannot give excuse for non-performance due to the frequent injuries to players.' He said players were prone to injuries and that affected the performance. 'I am finding ways to give reasons for bad performance. Injuries were not the sole reason. We performed only in patches. The only good aspect was that we were able to win a Test match. In the final Test, Zaheer Khan was injured on the morning of the second day', Gangly said. In the triangular One-day series, Ganguly said, 'Despite injuries to half a dozen players, we were able to make it to the finals.' The captain was of the opinion that 'fitness' was a major factor in players' performance. To this, John Wright, the coach said, 'the Sri Lankan players were under a fitness programme for the last five years and above. All of them were cent per cent fit. More over, a team needs to score at least 350 in the first innings to win Test matches', he said.
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