England tour of India - Cricket: Ganguly confident of returning to form

Published: Friday, January 18, 2002, 21:07 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian captain Saurav Ganguly was confident of returning to form during the six-match One-day series against England and said that the short break from cricket could work in his favour."I failed in the last two tests in Ahmedabad and Bangalore but had done well in the last One-day series in South Africa. I took a break, and hopefully it should help me," Ganguly told reporters after a practice session at theEden Gardens on Friday.The Indian captain said that he had scored more than 400 runs in the last tri-series in South Africa and there was no reason why he could not be back among the runs. "I have been getting the runs for six years, but have struggled for one year. I hope to come out of this patch," he said.The Indian captain said that his team was not taking England lightly and were aiming to play consistently for 100 overs to be able to win the matches. "England is a good side. All international sides are good. We have to give our best for 100 overs," Ganguly said. On whether England's performance in the Test series will put pressure on the home team, Ganguly admitted that the team played well in the Tests but One-day Internationals are a different ball game."They played well, but ultimately we won the series. One-day Internationals will be a different ball game," he added. Asked whether the services of Rahul Dravid will be missed during the series, Ganguly said, "Rahul is a class and experienced player, but you can't avoid injuries. But whoever comes in his place will have to score runs. Batsmen are selected to score runs." On whether the Indians had decided on their playing eleven for the first One-dayer, the Indian skipper said that they were waiting for the arrival of all the selectors.Ganguly said he was satisfied with the preparations for the Limited Overs series since most of the players had just taken part in the just-concluded Challenger series.Indicating that he will open the innings alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly said that the Indians had a rather inexperienced team and felt that it was a good opportunity for the youngsters to prove their worth."Apart from Sachin, Anil, Srinath and myself, most of the other players have not played too much at the highest level. It is a good opportunity from them," he said.He said that the coming One-dayers will be played with the forthcoming World Cup in mind and the younger members of the team had to justify their talent to cement their places in the squad.Asked whether the present players will form the nucleas of the 2003 World Cup team, Ganguly said, "It is difficult to say. These are the talented cricketers in the country and have been selected on the basis of their performance in the domestic circuit."PTI

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