Ganguly exhorts team to turn table on Pak

Published: Friday, November 12, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Buoyed by the win against Australia in the Mumbai Test, Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today exhorted his boys to make significant individual contributions to turn the tables on Pakistan in the Platinum Jubilee One-day match tomorrow.

"We have to play as a unit. Each one of the unit has to contribute to fashion a win," Ganguly said in his customary pre-match press meet where he also declared himself fit for the match.

Asserting that it would be a high pressure game at the Eden, Ganguly said, "It is going to be a great atmosphere. Some players thrive in such pressure situations before large crowds. Some don't".

Asked about India's prospects in the match, Ganguly said as in other ODIs, it depended on how the teams fared on the morrow.

Ganguly disclosed that Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar would open the Indian batting and he would come at number three.

"Sehwag is comfortable as an opener. He is also used to opening in the Tests. I'm comfortable at one down," he said.

Queried whether he was making sacrifice for the team after having indicated his keenness to open two days back, Ganguly said, "You have to think about the team first".

He said that the victory over Australia at Mumbai had pepped up the Indian team. "Good that we won that game. Victory makes a side different." He said.

The skipper said that Rahul Dravid would continue to keep wickets, but the team was yet to decide on the final 11. "We are waiting for (chairman of the selection committee) Kiran More."

Ganguly also refused to attach any importance to India's bleak record against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, where the visitors have never lost an ODI or a Test. ''When we went to Pakistan earlier this year, we had not won there for 50 years,'' he said.

''Winning in the past does not mean that you will win every time and vice versa,''he quipped.

On whether the rapid switch from Test to One-day International had made things difficult for the Indians, Ganguly said ''Yes, this time the switch has been very close.

But we cannot do anything about it. We are professionals. We have got to get used to it.''

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