Despite failures, Ganguly chases WC dream

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:He has not exactly set county cricket on fire with his batting but the die-hard optimist in Sourav Ganguly refuses to give in and keeps chasing the dream of playing in next year's World Cup in the West Indies.

Admitting he was struggling with the bat in his stint with Northamptonshire, Ganguly said, ''...in England and at this time of the season, you need to survive the initial moments to go for a big score. I was not getting the start in the last few matches. But I have to make it big to be there.'' The unimpressive show notwithstanding, Ganguly is hoping for a comeback to the side he lead for long.

''Well, that (comeback) is something I believe I should. That is the reason why I am here at the County cricket. I know I have to perform to come back to the team and I am trying to do so,'' he told Gulf News.

And despite his well-known poor relation with coach Greg Chappell and slipshod county form, Ganguly is hoping against hopes for a comeback before the 2007 World Cup.

''Well, if I thought it would not be possible, I would not have been playing now. That is a dream for me and I am chasing it. I need runs to back myself and if I can do so, it will be okay,'' he added.

Asked if he liked the Twenty20 version of the game, Ganguly, whose side was beaten in the Twenty20 Cup quarterfinal, said, ''You have to play the games as it is scheduled.

''The 240-balls game is a place where you have to hit it without thinking about anything else. This form of cricket has gained momentum here in England, people are coming to be part of the excitement,'' he observed.

He also denied taking batting tips from Zaheer Abbas who is here as Pakistan team manager.

''Not really. We met after a long time and had some usual chat.

Nothing else,'' he said.

Ganguly had to retire in Northamptonshire's match against Pakistan after his mistimed pull saw him dragging the ball onto his chin which required two butterfly stitches.

Despite his disappointing show with the bat so far, Ganguly realises this is his best chance of making good scores to draw the selectors' attention and he says he is enjoying the county atmosphere.

''It is as enjoyable as it was last year. I know I'm here for a few days and I have to do everything in this period. I earnestly hope that I shall be making my mark in the first class matches too,'' he added.

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