I~~ve to go if I can~~t perform: Ganguly

Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Regular Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has said that no individual is indispensable in the side and added that non-performers would be shown the door.

In an interview to Dubai-based Gulf News, the Indian skipper said that the players have to keep performing to keep their berths in the national side.

"I am telling myself that if I can't perform well for a long period, I might also face the axe. When you want to keep the same XI, all the players have to perform to a minimum level. If you can't, changes will be made," Ganguly was quoted as saying.

On the dumping of Yuvraj Singh, Ganguly, a strong-Yuvraj backer said that the left-hander was out of form and wasn't able to make the most of the opportunities that came his way.

"I can assure you that nobody will be indispensable in this team if he is not performing. Yuvi didn't get a chance in the third Test but when he was given chances his performances were unsatisfactory. I hope he will be in the one-day squad," Ganguly told the daily.

Regarding the retention of VVS Laxman despite his poor run with the bat, Ganguly said that he had put forward a request to the selectors to give another chance since he is too good a player to miss out every time.

"Well, I requested the selectors to give him another chance. He is too big a batsman to be dropped. I just couldn't forget those innings he had played in the last couple of years. Yes, he is not in form, but he can come back. He is trying hard," the paper quoted.

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