Former India captain and Kolkata Knightriders opener Sourav Ganguly, is all set to join the Bengal side in the Ranji Trophy in an attempt top attain good form and fitness ahead of the fourth IPL edition in 2011. He will play in the match against Tamil Nadu which starts in Chennai on Dec 1.
"Even last year I played Ranji Trophy mainly to stay match-fit for the IPL," Ganguly said. "This year again I want to keep myself in the form for the IPL."
Ganguly quit international cricket in 2008, but continues to make occasional appearances in the first-class format, in addition to becoming a mainstay with the Kolkata Knightriders. He said that his decision as to the number of Ranji matches he plays will lie on Bengal's progression in the tournament.
Bengal are currently fifth out of the eight teams in Group A if the Ranji Trophy. Ganguly's comeback will undoubtedly strengthen his side's chances of improving its standing, especially in the absence of a few key players. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has donned India colours, while back-up gloveman Shreevats Goswami is down with a fever.