Ganguly turns out for Bengal in Ranji match

Published: Sunday, November 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who missed the Nagpur and Mumbai Tests against Australia due to a groin strain, today turned out for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy Elite Division group league match against Karnataka here.

The surprising development came after Ganguly, whose name was not in the 16-member Bengal squad announced for the tie, sent an SMS to Bengal selector Pranab Roy expressing his desire to play the match.

In the last minute decision, the Bengal selectors omitted Nikhil Haldipur and included Ganguly in the first eleven apparently to give him much needed match practice ahead of India's One-dayer against Pakistan at Eden Gardens on November 13, organised by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Ganguly, who had a tear at the adductor longus muscle, was earlier advised seven day's rest by noted orthopaedic Dr Kalyan Mukherjee. He was also advised swimming and given medicines.

Ganguly's name was included in the 14-member Indian team for the Pakistan match subject to his regaining full fitness.

He is scheduled to take a fitness Test under the watchful eyes of team India physio Andrew Leipus on November 10.

Meanwhile, sources said Mukherjee, who is now abroad, would examine Ganguly on November 9.

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