"This is the best possible team at this stage," he told reporters after the announcement following a selection committee meeting of which he was a part.
"It is disappointing to leave out Ashish Nehra," he said and indicated that Ajit Agarkar got the nod ahead of him because his performance against Australia in the away series was good.
He said Sachin Tendulkar, who has been out of action in recent weeks because of a tennis elbow, would join the team here on October three. "We will monitor his fitness on a dailybasis. Let's see how he will do," Ganguly added.