Hyderabad ODI most crucial, says Ganguly

Published: Sunday, November 9, 2003, 1:12 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, now 'fit' to join the team for the last two league matches of the ongoing tri-series, on Saturday said the match against New Zealand on November 15 would be the most crucial one for India and must be won to reach the final of the triangular series. "We have two more matches left. Australia has already qualified, so the New Zealand match will be crucial. If we win the match, we will have a chance to qualify for the final," Ganguly said after a workout at the Eden Gardens here. India, who were now level on points with the Kiwis after losing the Cuttack match by four wickets, would meet New Zealand in the last league outing at Hyderabad following the Bangalore exchange against Aussies on November 12.

Ganguly, who underwent a two-hour long training session at the Pankaj Gupta Indoor Coaching Centre at the Gardens, would be leaving for Bangalore on Sunday morning. "I am fit. I am ready to play," he said. He, however, reserved comment on the causes of India's poor show in last two matches against the Aussies and New Zealand, both of which they lost comprehensively. "I cannot comment from here on what went wrong. Let me first go there and join the team," he said.

The stylish left hander, who underwent two back to back surgical procedures for a painful abscess on left thigh, would return to on-field action after about a month since the first test against New Zealand at Ahmedabad.

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