Cricket selector Chandrasekhar praises Ganguly

Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:India's national cricket selector V B Chandrasekhar today praised Sourav Ganguly's batting in the ongoing Bengal-Tamil Nadu Ranji trophy match, saying it was heartening to see the left-hander getting into rhythm ahead of the gruelling series against Pakistan.

"Ahead of a peak series, it was heartening to see Ganguly getting into rhythm...the footwork, timing and focus to play a long innings seemed well in place (ahead of thetour)", Chandrasekhar told newspersons a shortwhile after Ganguly struck a well-made 59 in the first innings for Bengal at the Eden Gardens here.

Chandrasekhar said he was very impressed with Ganguly's aggressiveness with both bat and ball.

"He was never negative and that is a positive sign".

Ganguly had picked up three crucial wickets on the opening day of the match yesterday before he was debarred from bowling for repeatedly straying into the pitch.

"My appreciation goes a long way for it has been two days' of learning for all the youngsters playing this match. The passion and pride for his team is worth emulating", headded.

Asked to assess Ganguly as an all-rounder, he said that he was more than handy bowler in conditions assisting seam movement.

"It was already a surprise to me that he bowled less when he was in-charge. Perhaps he knew his strength all along," Chandrasekhar added.

On India's prospects in the Test series in Pakistan, he said "we have a very good chance".

However, Chandrsekhar said the fortune of the team would hinge to a large extent on the performance of the four or five top batsmen in the first innings on seaming wickets.

"If it is a seaming wicket, a lot will hinge on how the top four or five batsmen contribute to a large first innings score"

The selector said the five one-dayers would be a tough call.

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