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'I hope we will fire in two crunch games'

Published: Monday, November 10, 2003, 22:09 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Skipper Sourav Ganguly expressed hope today India would "fire as a team" in two crunch games against Australia and New Zealand in the tri series, and said he is ready to bat at any position as V V S Laxman is playing well. Ganguly told reporters here the next two games are very important for India, especially against New Zealand at Hyderabad, as the Kiwis and Indians are at same points. "I hope, we will fire as a team". He said it feels good to be back in the side for the November 12 match against Australia at Bangalore.

"I have been out for nearly four weeks now. So, obviously, it's good to be back playing for the country. Also, it's an important time for us. Two important games", Ganguly said.Asked about the position in which he would bat, he said. "We will see. Laxman is in good form. He is playing well. He plays well against Australia. We have to keep all these things in mind. Wherever it suits the team, I am ready to play". Noting that India had beaten Australia in Gwalior, Ganguly said the host nation would try to repeat that winning performance here on Wednesday. India had beaten Australia when the two teams played here last as well, he pointed out.

To a question, he said Rahul Dravid would continue to keep wickets in the match against Australia. Asked if he is happy with the form of speedster Zaheer Khan, Ganguly said the bowler is in patches now but said he had bowled well in Gwalior and had a good game at Cuttack. He said expectations from Zaheer is high because of his performances in the last one- and-half-years. "He (Zaheer) has won us games from nowhere", he said, adding, the bowler has done well in New Zealand, West Indies, England. "He has been a revelation". Ganguly hoped Zaheer would do well in the next two games. The skipper indicated that India would stick to seven batsman and four bowlers team format.

"That's how we have succeeded in the past one and half years. I don't see any need to change that". Asked if it's difficult to chase under lights, Ganguly said it's not a major issue and pointed out that New Zealand had beaten India in this context. "It depends on how well you play and perform in 100 overs".

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