We~~ll not repeat, Ganguly assures fans

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2001, 18:48 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: It was just one of those days when nothing seemed to go right for India as it went down to a humiliating loss to Kenya in a triangular One-day series match on Wednesday. But, captain Saurav Ganguly sought to reassure his countrymen that this would not be repeated in future.

"We played poor cricket, really... The Kenyans played better than us in every aspect of the game. They bowled better, batted better and fielded better... Full credit to them," Ganguly said. "I would ask the team to just forget about it and carry on with our game... We have a match at hand against the South Africans (on Friday) and we'd better concentrate on that... We know this (such poor performance) is not going to happen again," he said. The Indian captain was at loss to explain the reasons for India's defeat. "We should have chased the total but we couldn't... we lost wickets... we couldn't get the ball off square... it was just one of those days," he said with a wry smile on his face. Man-of-the-match Joseph Angara, who took three wickets for 30 runs, had a more pleasant smile. "I got my rhythm right and kept putting the ball right in there... Bowling to people like Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly was not easy." Angara said the first four overs that he sent maiden, was able to put a lot of pressure on the Indian batsmen. "It was really good. I was trying to bowl just outside the off stump.. I know what Sachin cart the bowling (if I bowl a bad line)," he said. Kenya's stand-in captain Steve Tikolo dedicated the historic win to team manager Mehmood Kurashy, who is in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday, and regular skipper Maurice Odumbe, who missed the game after being suspended for two matches. "Before the match, I had told my players, Come on boys, lets go out and enjoy... lets do it (win the game) for Maurice and Mehmood," Tikolo, who was leading the side for the first time, said. Tikolo felt Kenya had actually fallen 20-30 runs short after getting such a good start. "We really needed them (Kennedy Obuya and Ravindu Shah) to give us a good start... But I think they got out at the wrong time. I thought they should have stayed a bit longer," he said. Extras:
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