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ODI performance will decide opening slot: Ganguly

Published: Monday, June 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Chandigarh :Sourav Ganguly on Monday sought to put the lid on the controversy over the second opener's slot in Tests, saying the partner for Virender Sehwag would be decided only after judging the performance of the players in the upcoming One-day tournaments.

Ganguly said India were scheduled to play Tests only after a few months and any decision on composition of the side would be taken keeping in mind the interest of the team at large.

"India will be playing a Test match only after some time. Presently the team will play in One-dayers. After seeing the form of the players in the One-dayers, we will decide on the second opener's slot," Ganguly said in Chandigarh.

"Whatever is best for the team, would be done," he said while responding to a question on whether Yuvraj Singh would be asked to don the opener's mantle.

Ganguly's comments on Monday were a departure from his earlier stand that Yuvraj would be India's new Test opener, sparking off a debate on who should be asked to face the new ball alongside the aggressive Sehwag.

Seeking to downplay the recent remarks made by Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar over the choice of Yuvraj, the captain said, "Sehwag and Tendulkar have made no adverse remark on choice of Yuvraj as second opener. It is merely an opinion of both the players. We will do whatever is best for the team."

Ganguly, who was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a showroom, also made it clear that Rahul Dravid will continue to double up as wicketkeeper in the One-dayers.

"I think that the formula which is giving success to the team should not be changed," he said.

"Parthiv Patel is being played in Test matches and is also part of the team in One-dayers," he said adding that the team management would consider other options only if it found somebody performing to "the level" of Dravid.

"If anyone performs to the level of Dravid in One-dayers, he will be asked to play (keep wickets)."

Ganguly was accompanied by Yuvraj Singh who refused to speak on the opening issue.

"Right now I can't speak on the issue as there is plenty of time left for the start of a Test series," he said.

"If Ganguly tells me to open in Tests, then I will not think over it but will open the innings," he added.

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