Ganguly looks in better shape at Ranji match

Published: Monday, November 8, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who recently missed the last two Tests against Australia due to a thigh strain, looked in better shape during his brief stay at the wicket on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy cricket match between Bengal and Karnataka here today.

Ganguly, who surprised everybody with his last minute decision to play for Bengal, resumed at his overnight score of 12 and seemed at ease while running between the wickets and executing his shots during his 36 minute stay on the crease.

The Indian skipper hit an exquisite cover drive off debutant pacer Vinayak Kumar and looked more confident than yesterday as he stitched together a 57 run partnership with Sourashish Lahiri for the 7th wicket.

Ganguly, however, disappointed his admirers who thronged the Jadavpur University Salt Lake campus ground to see him in action, when he got out in the 8th over of the day at his score of 27 edging an away going delivery of Kumar to slips.

Ganguly's inning in all lasted 115 minutes during which he faced 76 balls hitting four boundaries.

Ganguly has been diagnosed with a tear in the adductor longus muscle by noted orthophaedic Dr Kalyan Mukherjee earlier and advised a week's rest.

But the left-hander suddenly decided to play the Ranji match yesterday in his eagerness to get match practice ahead of the India-Pakistan Platinum Jubilee match here on November 13.

Ganguly has been included in the 15-member Indian squad for the match subject to his passing a fitness test here under the watchful eyes of team Indian Physio Andrew Leipus on November 10.

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