Ganguly eager to clinch Duleep trophy for East

Published: Thursday, November 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:East Zone captain Sourav Ganguly today said that winning the Duleep trophy final match against West Zone would be 'very special'.

The former Indian captain arrived here today for the final match beginning tomorrow.

Ganguly did not play in the ongoing One-day and test match series against Sri Lanka due to a tennis elbow injury and form slump. On his arrival at Sardar Patel stadium at Motera he said, "It will be very special if we can manage to win this final match because East zone has not won a Duleep trophy final in 45 years and we are aware of that".

The stylish southpaw batsman inspected the pitch and said that there was not much grass on the pitch and the team would decide whether to play three seamers or not.

Ganguly, however, refused to comment when asked about selection in the national team, currently captained by Raul Dravid.

West zone captain, Sairaj Bahutule was also confident of a good cricket match against East zone and said Wasim Jaffer would be their mainstay in batting.

Bahutule also inspected the pitch and remarked that it was the same wicket where India had played against Sri Lanka a few days ago and that it was a good batting track but having something for the seamers.

Regarding his bowling attack Bahutule said the West zone could play a third seamer in place of Rakesh Patel but it was yet uncertain about this.

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