England tour of India - Cricket: ~~Saurav can no longer blame poor form~~

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2002, 0:12 [IST]
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Kolkata: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that Indian captain Saurav Ganguly's poor batting form could no longer be dismissed as a 'bad patch' and was convinced that a few minor faults had crept into his technique, which was causing him all the trouble."I have observed him closely of late and I am convinced that a few minor faults have crept into his technique. His wrist is not straight when he is meeting the ball and his right shoulder is falling forward", Boycott said in the foreword to a new book on the Indian captain. Boycott, a self-confessed admirer of the Indian captain and a respected TV commentator, said there was more to Ganguly's poor form than bad luck and believed that the left-hander could iron out his flaws by practicing in the nets."There is more to Saurav's poor form than bad luck. The area where he could play blind-folded outside his off-stump has now turned into his death trap. He has repeatedly been dismissed caught behind the wicket", Boycott pointed out."There is only one cure for his ailment. Practice, practice and more practice. He should spend hours before the mirror and in the nets ironing out these flaws. Watching videotapes of his earlier innings should also help", theformer England opener said.The Indian captain, however, silenced his critics to some extent with fine knocks of 74 and 80 in the last two One-dayers against England though his team lost the matches by slender margins. PTI

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