Vengsarkar backs Ganguly to open in World Cup

Published: Monday, January 29, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Mighty impressed with Sourav Ganguly's comeback to the one-day fold, chairman of selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar (Colonel) has hinted that the former captain may be the answer to India's opening woes in the upcoming World Cup.

Speaking to BBC Hindi, Vengsarkar said he was impressed with the way Ganguly came back after being out of favour for more than a year. The Bengal southpaw played a brilliant 98-run innings while opening the innings in the first match of the ongoing series against West Indies.

''I only have to say that if you see Ganguly, he played very well at Nagpur and he is going for opening. I hope that he will do even better, and for World Cup too, I feel that he should open because he is a good opening batsman,'' Vengsarkar said.

''Sourav can always score runs and grind the bowling also at the same time. He can also play a good attacking game. I do hope that he will play very well at the World cup also,'' he added.

Colonel said India will have to improve in every department of the game to do well in the World Cup.

''...there are a few shortcomings in the team. We would have to improve a lot in fielding and bowling, if we have to win the World Cup. I think we have to adapt to different conditions. Our Cricketers have been playing for ten years or so, but they have not adapted and not shown application. If they show their application they can score well,'' he explained.

Asked about the worrying form and inconsistent performance of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, the selection committee chief said, ''I want to tell you that he is one of the best cricketers in the World. It isn't proper to talk about him because he has set very high standards for himself, but he has been making 60-70 odd runs.

The only thing he has not done is to score a 100. Because of the high standards set by him people start saying that he should be dropped.'' ''Sachin has always played for the team and he has performed really well and I hope that he will do well in the World Cup also.

There is no question of him being dropped,'' he added.

Asked about coach Greg Chappell's equation with Ganguly after his return to the team, Vengsarkar said, ''Both Ganguly and Chappell are professional cricketers. They have done well for themselves.'' On his own relations with the Coach the former captain said, ''Actually we are on the same wave-length and it is good for Indian Cricket.''


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