England tour of India - Cricket: ~~We cant underestimate opponents in ODIs~~

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly said that the six-match Limited Overs series against England will be tough and vowed to lead from front despite his current poor form."England has a strong team and its going to be hard. But since the series is at home, it is an advantage for us. In One-day cricket, no opponent can be underestimated," the Indian captain said after a workout.Ganguly, however, felt that England had a much stronger team during the 1999 World Cup in England. "I personally think England had an even stronger outfit during our last game in the World Cup. That team included Alec Stewart and Graeme Hick, yet we won handsomely."The Indian captain, who has been struggling with the bat in recent times, however, said "I am not short on self-belief and I do realise the importance of leading from the front. For the batsmen, cricket is a one-ball game".Referring to his last success with the bat during tri-series in South Africa, the Indian skipper said that "should give me confidence".Incidentally Ganguly had been a failure with the bat since then and had failed to score even in the recently concluded Challenger Trophy in Bangalore. He said that the dependable batsman Rahul Dravid, currently in Johannesburg undergoing treatment of his injured shoulder, would be missed. "Rahul's experience will be missed, that's for sure. At the same time, its an opportunity for the less experienced players to leave a lasting impression. The World Cup is just over a year away and from now on every single performance will count." PTI

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