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Out-of-form Ganguly hopes to hit the high road soon

Published: Monday, January 13, 2003, 18:22 [IST]
 
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Hamilton (New Zealand): India skipper Saurav Ganguly said on Monday he was confident of regaining form despite having failed in 10 successive innings on the current New Zealand tour.

"I will be back in form soon," Ganguly said ahead of the day-night seventh and last One-day International against the host, starting at the Westpac Park here on Tuesday. New Zealand, leading 4-2, has already wrapped up the seven-match series following victories in the first four games. "It is good to get runs under your belt, but it has not worked here. The World Cup is a different tournament," said the Indian captain, who has scored 29 runs in four Test innings and 43 in six One-dayers. "Mentally, this has been a hard series. We have travelled a lot and are looking forward to a break. We have two weeks off before the World Cup, which I think will be very useful as we have been on the road for nearly 10 months," Ganguly said. "Obviously, the results have not been good here but it does happen when you play day in and day out." India lost the two-Test series 0-2 and then suffered four successive defeats in the One-dayers before winning the last two games. Ganguly said he was keen to make it three victories in-a-row, for it would put the team in a better frame of mind before the World Cup starting in South Africa next month. "It is very important for us to win this game. I don't believe in a moral victory, but it is good for the team to win three matches in-a-row. It will show we are back on our winning ways," he said. New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming conceded that his team had been finding it difficult to keep the momentum going after having clinched the series. "Our intensity has not slipped intentionally, but there are signs that we are coming to the end of a campaign that we have already won," he said. The host was far from its best in the previous game at Auckland on Saturday as it dropped three catches and then bowled 12 wides and nine no balls before suffering a one-wicket defeat in the last-over finish. "We have to be sharp to go 5-2 up in the last game. We want to do that," said Fleming. India and New Zealand were involved in a low-scoring second Test here on a seamer- friendly pitch, with neither team crossing the 100-mark in the first innings. Fleming, however, said the pitch looked good this time. New Zealand is likely to rest strike bowler Shane Bond, who is suffering from an ear infection. Paul Hitchcock is expected to join the squad as a back-up for Bond. New Zealand (from): Stephen Fleming (captain), Mathew Sinclair, Chris Harris, Chris Cairns, Scott Styris, Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Andre Adams, Daryl Tuffey, Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori. India (from): Saurav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Sanjay Bangar, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Javagal Srinath, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Mongia, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, V V S Laxman and Rakesh Patel.

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