My omission was expected, says Sourav Ganguly

Published: Tuesday, September 5, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Former skipper Sourav Ganguly yesterday said his omission from the Indian team for the Malaysia tri-series and Champions Trophy announced yesterday was expected and he was only depending on his domestic performance to get back to the side.

'' I pretty much expected it yesterday (Sunday). Not a single game was played in Sri Lanka. So it would have been difficult to replace the players. It is quite natural they have stuck to same 15, '' Ganguly said here yesterday.

'' The question of dejection does not arise. The team was picked as expected by the selectors, as no match was played in Colombo, '' he said in an interview to TimesNow.

Asked to comment whether he deserve to be overlooked again and again as the last time he played he had an average of over 40, he said, '' Those are things of the past. The selectors have a way of proceeding in their own way. It is better that we leave them behind. ''

Asked if his target was being selected for the team for World Cup, he said, '' That is still a long way away. There is a lot of cricket left. I am looking forward to the domestic season. I want to play in Duleep Trophy, Ranji Trophy and score as many runs. ''

Asked if he had heard anything about renewing of his contract, he said, '' No I have not heard anything about it. The matter is up to the Board. I have no reaction to it. ''

On his training schedules with parachutes and Thai kick boxing, Ganguly said, '' It is a common training programme with the Bengal team. I played cricket with the Northants and then the last month was spent on building fitness and a little bit of batting and bowling. ''

Asked if he believed anyone was responsible for his being left out, Sourav said, '' I have no idea. I can't pinpoint anybody. I dont want to comment on it. ''

On his hobbies, Ganguly said, '' It has only been cricket for the 11 years. I have done nothing much otherwise. I have a little girl who is four. I do my little things here and there and spent the rest of time with her. ''

On his aggression in the dressing room while backing his players, he said, ''I have been aggressive at times. The issue was blown out of proportion. It happens in dressing room. Not too much should be made out of it. Need to look after the team. I have been captain for six years and I need all the 14 or 15 to perform. ''

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