Ganguly tipped for Test recall against Proteas

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:National selectors are likely to recall former Team India skipper Ganguly to the Test squad to play the three-Test series against South Africa when National selectors, led by Dilip Vengsarkar, meet in Mumbai on Thursday.

It is very clear that the national selectors are unhappy by the poor performance by middle-order batsmen Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif and Dinesh Mongia. According to selection committee sources, "India have no choice but to fall back on experience".

Ganguly has one Duleep Trophy century to his name this season, and the team's think-tank and the selectors also think that his will to succeed after all the efforts of the past 18 months will inspire him to rediscover the form that he last showed on the arduous tour of Australia three years ago.

The other contender for a middle-order berth is S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu middle-order bat and skipper. He scored 636 runs from 7 matches in the last Ranji season, averaging a around 80, including a highest of 206 not out.

Suresh Raina and Dinesh Mongia will almost certainly head back, and Gambhir, who has piled on the runs in domestic cricket, will tussle with Wasim Jaffer for the second opener's position.

Tall and pacy VRV Singh is very much the wild card, with India seeking a quick-bowling option on surfaces where the heavy ball pitched just short of a length can do so much damage. Irfan Pathan could be the other youngster to be handed a ticket home after the ODI series. With Zaheer Khan offering a revitalised pace-bowling option, Pathan may be asked to run the domestic treadmill.


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