Ganguly termed not fit to be Test skipper either

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Sourav Ganguly doesn't deserve to be the captain of Indian cricket team for Tests also even though he has been victorious in the last series, claims former cricket board president Rajsingh Dungarpur.

"One shouldn't give too much of weightage to the fact that India won 2-0 against Zimbabwe in the last Test series that India have played," said Dungarpur. "After all we are talking of Zimbabwe as opponents who would go down to any side in world cricket."

India beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in the last series in which Ganguly captained and also scored a hundred in the first Test in Bulawayo.

Besides, India never have had separate captains in Tests and One-day Internationals which could lead to divided loyalty and a sense of distrust within the team.

Coach Greg Chappell has also been against the notion and feels that manning of different set of individuals could hamper a coach's work. "Ideally, the best thing is to have as little crossover as possible between the two sides. It is easier to put your points across and implement your vision," said Chappell.

Now Ganguly's career has taken a beating with coach Chappell in forefront in opposition and now selectors not reposing faith in him for three upcoming One-day Internationals against Sri Lanka.

Ganguly received no support from anyone in the selection meeting held in Mohali after India drubbed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second One-day International.

Chappell favoured no change in winning combination and similar thoughts were echoed by Rahul Dravid.

Ganguly since then has been incommunicado and has refused to pick up his mobile phones.He would be aiming for a place in the team for the final two One-dayers against Sri Lanka and then hope it would be enough for him to clinch a spot against South Africa in a subsequent series at home.

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