Ganguly puts the blame on batsmen for defeat

Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday admitted that the batting performance had let his team down in the final of the Asia Cup tournament in Colombo, but asked all to keep faith in the side which had put up a spectacular display in the last few years.

Ganguly, who returned to Kolkata from Colombo via Chennai on Tuesdayafternoon, said at the NSC Bose International Airport that despite the best efforts of bowlers, lacklustre showing by batsmen led to the 25-run loss against Sri Lanka in the Sunday final.

Asked if he would ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to form a team for a longer period to play both the triangular series in Holland and Champions trophy in England, Ganguly said, ''I have to talk to the BCCI.''

''I have just returned. I don't know what BCCI's policy is or whether it is possible to do so.''

Ganguly said, ''I also have to see what timeframe the ICC has set for team selection for the Champions trophy.''

About the recurring injury problem of players, Ganguly said, ''it is because players play and that is why they get injured.''

Asked if there would be any conditioning camps before the triangular series in Holland, the Indian skipper said, ''it all depends on time availability.''

To a question if not using two spinners in Asia Cup final affected India's prospects, he said, ''I used three spinners as besides Harbhajan (Singh), Sehwag and Sachin also played like specialist spinners.''

He, however, reiterated that there was no point in losing faith on his side as his boys had won matches all around the world putting up a spectacular performance in recent years.

''We need to have faith on them and they need to retain their focus. I am sure we will be soon back to our winning ways,'' Ganguly added.

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