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Ganguly plans a multi-faceted role

Besides eyeing an all-round show in UK, the Indian southpaw gears up to don the mantle of aiding skipper Dravid and giving tips to juniors.

cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2007 18:35 IST

Besides eyeing an all-round show in England with bat and ball, Sourav Ganguly is geared up to don the mantle of senior cricketer aiding skipper Rahul Dravid and giving tips to juniors.

"I will have to play a role of a senior cricketer to perfection, support my captain Rahul Dravid and guide the juniors whenever they seek help," Ganguly told mediapersons in Kolkata on Tuesday before leaving for the tour.

"I would also like to be successful both with the bat and ball as the English conditions suit me well," he said.

The former captain made his Test debut at Lord's in 1996, hitting a scintillating 131.

Ganguly, kept out of the Indian ODI squad that visited Bangladesh last month, made his return to the shorter version of the game with the Ireland tour where India would play the hosts as also South Africa.

Asked if he would again taken off his shirt on the Lord's balcony as he did after winning the Natwest final in 2002, Ganguly said "That was the exuberance of youth. I am more mature now. It will certainly not happen again."

Before leaving for the airport, Ganguly offered prayers at the famous Kali temple in Kalighat.