Chanderpaul a big thorn for India, says Ganguly

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 21:08 [IST]
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St John's (Antigua): India skipper Saurav Ganguly conceded on Tuesday that West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul had been troubling his team the most in the ongoing Test series.

"I think he just loves batting against India," said Ganguly after the drawn fourth Test at the Antigua Recreation Ground. The left-handed Guyanese slammed an unbeaten 136 for his third century against Ganguly's Indians in four Tests, also completing 400 runs in the process. His rare failure came in the first innings of the second Test at Port of Spain when he fell for one, but made amends with an unbeaten 67 in the second innings and 101 not out in the third match at Bridgetown. "Four of his five Test hundreds have been against India.

We're trying to do something to stop him. We tried in this game, but the pitch didn't have enough bounce," Ganguly said. "Obviously, we need little bit of help from the wicket to make that happen. We'll try again in the next Test. He's in good form, but anything can happen," he said of Chanderpaul, who also hit 137 not out against India in 1997 at Bridgetown. The Indian skipper was all praise for man-of-the-match Ajay Ratra and opener Wasim Jaffer. The 20-year-old Ratra had made just 16 in his previous three innings before becoming the first Indian specialist wicket-keeper to score a Test century on foreign soil with an unbeaten 115, while Jaffer cracked a career-best 86. "Ratra showed a lot of character.

He was under a lot of pressure in this match because he didn't have good Test in Trinidad and Barbados. I hope he performs consistently. It'll be good for Indian cricket," Ganguly said. Ganguly said Jaffer was a quality batsman who always had a lot of time to play fast bowling. "He's a quality player. He has a lot of time to play his strokes, which is a sign of a good opener. It's up to him how he handles the situation in the last Test. I hope he keeps performing for the team," Ganguly added. The Indian captain said his team would have to play really well to win the last Test and series. "That's the Test of the series. We've got three days' rest before firing on all cylinders. If we win, we'll really think that we've done well in the West Indies."

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