Ganguly can play in the Finals, says doctors

Published: Monday, November 17, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Setting at rest speculation about Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly's availability for the November 18 tri-series final due to a groin muscle pull, the doctors on Sunday ruled that he was fit to turn out at the Eden Gardens. "His injury is healing fast. From the medical point of view he is fit to play,'' attending doctor Mrinmoy Nandy told.

Nandy, who had earlier treated the abscess on the Indian skipper's left thigh, said Ganguly was given physiotherapy during the day by Indian team physio Andrew Leipus. He has also been prescribed some analgesics and given an exercise regime. Nandy said in medical parlance Ganguly's injury was called adductor muscle spasm, a common occurrence in sportsmen. He said that Ganguly's abscess, which forced the batsman to miss the second Test against New Zealand at Mohali last month as also the opening four matches of the tri-series, had fully healed. Earlier, Ganguly had said that he was 90 per cent fit and hoping to play the final.

Ganguly had pulled the muscle while batting against New Zealand in the crucial match at Hyderabad on Saturday, and had to take a runner. Later, he skipped the evening session when India were fielding. Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had spoken to Ganguly on Sunday afternoon, said that Ganguly would have to undergo a fitness test before the start of the match.

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