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Ganguly determined to bat at number three spot

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 21:24 [IST]
 
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Port of Spian (Trinidad): Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly is undeterred by his poor dismissal in the first Test and determined to bat only at number three during the second Test which starts here on Friday.

"I will bat at number three only," said Ganguly, nodding his head in stubborn defiance as he arrived here on Tuesday morning for the second Test. Ganguly was dismissed cheaply for five in India's first and only innings during the first Test, mistiming a hook to gift a catch to backward square leg after being hit at the back of his shoulder by a rising delivery from Mervyn Dillon. Palpably ill at ease, Ganguly was hopping or missing outside his off stump for most of the 12 deliveries he faced in the rain-ruined first Test at Georgetown in Guyana.

His dismissal led to media and public speculation about his ability to face short- rising deliveries and whether he would be able to stand up to the pace of West Indian fast bowlers. "This is only the first Test of the series. We will find out at the end of it," Ganguly said. Ganguly was reminded of typical tactics by the West Indian fast bowlers where they target the visiting captain for a special treatment in order to break the resistance of his team. Ganguly was sure it would not happen to him. "When it happened, the quality of fast bowling was very different," he quipped.

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