Former skipper Ganguly optimistic of India recall

Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:In spite of a forgettable outing against West Zone in the Duleep Trophy final, former India captain Sourav Ganguly sounded optimistic about his comeback to the national side.

Ganguly, who got a pair in the match, told reporters after his team East Zone's defeat, "I am disappointed with this game. Though I did not score, I have made a Test hundered in the last Test series (against Zimbabwe).

"I have also won the previous few matches for my side in the first class matches (Zimbabwe XI and North Zone). I have also scored a first class hundered recently", Ganguly said, adding it was "upto to the selectors" to decide his future.

India's most successful Test captain was ignored by the national selectors for the first three ODIs against the visiting South African team. The southpaw was also left out of the just-concluded seven ODIs against Sri Lanka.

Asked about the low-scoring Duleep Trophy final which ended in under three days the East skipper, who was dismissed by another India discard Zaheer Khan in both the innings of the final, said, "I cannot give an exact reply as to why it happened. First class games are known to finish inside three days, like it happened against Zimbabwe XI."

At the presentation ceremony Ganguly congratulated West Zone for their performance and said in a lighter tone, "I told my boys that you have kept my record of losing finals intact".

West Zone captain Sairaj Bahutule said, "It was a tough match and East Zone made us work for out for victory".

He also wished Ganguly the best for his future games.

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