Ganguly hits the nets ahead of Joshi date

Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:A day ahead of the crucial appointment with Cricket Board's sports medicine expert on his elbow injury, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today had a 90-minute net session at his newly-started academy.

Ganguly went to the academy at the satellite township of Salt Lake this afternoon and straightway took up the willow facing a barrage fo deliveries from Bengal bowlers Murtaza Lodhgar and Sourasish Lahiri.

After some batting practice, Ganguly picked up the cherry and bowled with a short run up before rounding off his session with a half-hour gym routine.

This is the first time Ganguly had nets since being diagnosed with a "mild tennis elbow symptom" by Anant Joshi, the Board's sports medicine expert.

Joshi, along with Indian team physio John Gloster, would examine the cricketer in Mumbai tomorrow before announcing whether he could turn out for East Zone in the Duleep trophy match versus North Zone in Rajkot from October 20 to 23.

Ganguly, who missed the Challenger series in Mohali and was stripped of his Indian team captaincy by the selectors, has also been kept out of the first two ODIs in the home series against Sri Lanka.

He has to prove his fitness by playing a domestic match. Ganguly had an earlier date with Joshi and Gloster on October 7 on his elbow problem, which had surfaced for the first time during the Indian team's tour of Zimbabwe.

He was advised ten days' rest before reassessment.

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