Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly starts training

Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 4:33 [IST]
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Kolkata: In a bid to regain full fitness ahead of the November 12 tri-series match against Australia, Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today had his maiden session at the gymnnasium after recovering from a painful abscess on his left thigh. Ganguly, who went to the Pankaj Gupta indoor coaching centre of the Cricket Association of Bengal in the afternoon, did some cycling, weight training and swiss ball routine. ''I am now ok. I'll definitely play in the November 12 match against Australia at Bangalore. Towards that end, I'll train daily here,'' Ganguly told newspersons after the hour-long session. Ganguly, however, said that he did not do any nets during the day.

''The time is not yet ripe for net practice,'' he said. The dashing southpaw said that he was following a fitness regime prescribed by Indian team physio Andrew Leipus who called on him here yesterday. Leipus, on his way to Cuttack from Mumbai, spent some time at Ganguly's residence to get a first-hand idea about his condition.

The South African examined Ganguly's wound and suggested a programme which would put the cricketer, who underwent two surgical procedures in five days last month for the abscess, in fine shape physically before the Bangalore tie. Ganguly missed the second Test against New Zealand as also the first four matches of the ongoing One-day series up to the Cuttack game against the Kiwis on November 6 due to the infection.

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