All eyes on Ganguly in East-North Duleep tie

Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Rajkot:All eyes would be on Sourav Ganguly as the left handed batsman tries to recapture wonted form following his short injury lay-off as skipper of East Zone against North Zone in the four-day Duleep Trophy tie starting here tomorrow at the Madhavrao Scindia cricket ground.

Ganguly, who missed the Challenger Trophy due to his tennis elbow injury, was declared fit by BCCI-appointed doctor Anant Joshi and Indian team physio John Gloster yesterday in Mumbai and joined his team members this morning for the pre-match practice session.

The match is crucial for the deposed India captain, who is striving to regain his berth in the one-day squad against Sri Lanka, after not being considered for the first two matches of the seven-match series by the national senior selection committee.

"This is my first domestic cricket tournament of the season and I am looking forward to it to do well," he told reporters today.

"This wicket has always been a good batting wicket and it has been proved so by some high scoring international and domestic games," Ganguly said.

Besides Ganguly, the East zone outfit is depending on Rohan Gavaskar, opener Shiv Sunder Das, Arindam Das and all rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla to shore up the batting along with experienced wicket keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta.

North Zone, led by India discard Dinesh Mongia, have also some talented batsmen like Ravneet Ricky, Shikhar Dhawan, Yashpal Singh and Pankaj Dharmani.

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