New Delhi: India's injured cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said he hoped to play in the last two league matches of the current One-day series against New Zealand and Australia. "I am determined to play in the series but there is little chance of making an immediate return," he said after being discharged from a Calcutta hospital on Sunday night. Ganguly, who underwent two surgeries to remove an abscess from boils in the groin area, missed the second Test against New Zealand at Mohali and the first two One- dayers.
The Indian captain will also skip the November 1 match against Australia at Bombay and the November 6 game against the Kiwis at Cuttack. Ganguly was, however, hopeful of playing in the last two matches of the triple-leg preliminary round - against Australia at Bangalore on November 12 and against New Zealand at Hyderabad three days later - besides the November 18 final at Calcutta if India qualified.
"The doctors have advised me rest for 10 days which means I should be available for the Bangalore game," he said. India overcame the loss of their inspirational captain to defeat world champions Australia by 37 runs in Gwalior on Sunday night after the opener against the Kiwis at Madras was washed out. Ganguly, who has scored 8,897 runs from 233 One-dayers, is second behind team-mate Sachin Tendulkar's world record tally of 35 centuries with 22 tons
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