Ganguly disappointed with Nehra, Zaheer

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2001, 3:21 [IST]
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Bloemfontein (South Africa): A dejected Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly on Tuesday said left-arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra disappointed with their not-too- impressive performance in the first innings when South Africa piled up 563.After India went down by 9 wickets to South Africa in the first Test on Tuesday with more than a day to spare, Ganguly said, "They (Nehra and Zaheer) did not bowl well in this match," but was quick to add, "The two are good bowlers and I hope they reach their peak form in East London against South Africa 'A' before the start of the second Test." Reflecting on the defeat, Ganguly said, "After resuming at 96 for one we lost too many wickets this morning. If we look at the scorecard we got the starts but failed to capitalise. "There was one 60 and two 30's but we failed to build on these scores. We have to capitalise on the starts if we have to beat a good side like South Africa," he said. On introducing middle-order bat Rahul Dravid as a makeshift opener, the skipper said, "Dravid volunteered to open the innings, he is always a quality player," hinting he may persist with the experiment. The skipper was all praise for Test debutant Virender Shewag who hit a masterly 105 saying, "He looks to be a good future for India." Man-of-the-match Shaun Pollock said, "After chasing 380 in the first innings we won by nine wickets (that means) the guys really played well." Pollock returned match figures of 48.1-18-147-10 for his first ten-wicket haul his 59th Test. "It took some time coming (the ten-wicket haul) but I came close on a few occasions," Pollock, who won Rand 10,000 for his efforts, said. On assuming the mantle of strike bowler in the absence of Allan Donald, the skipper said, "Definitely there is more responsibility but I am enjoying it." Summing up the South Africa bowling attack, Pollock said, "On the first day we just bowled too short to allow the Indians score 372 but this morning we kept up the pressure."

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