Ganguly unperturbed by ODI exclusion
An unfazed Sourav Ganguly says he is not bothered by his exclusion from the ODI team and is focussed on the Adelaide Test.cricket Updated: Jan 23, 2008 10:58 IST
His axing from the Indian one-day squad for the tri-series might have created a furore back home but Sourav Ganguly is unfazed and determined to stay focussed on the crucial fourth and deciding Test match against Australia starting in Adelaide tomorrow.
"I haven't given things a thought beyond this Test. It's an important match and I've got to stay focused. I'll think of the future once it gets over," Ganguly was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun' newspaper on Wednesday.
The former skipper has been in superb form since his comeback and continued his good run in the ongoing Test series but his fielding skills or rather lack of it cost him the ODI berth.
Rival skipper Ricky Ponting was also surprised not to see the Bengal left-hander in the one-day squad.
"I am surprised and shocked that he is not in the side because right through this Test series, he has certainly looked good with the bat," he told NDTV.
Selectors had also wielded their axe on former captain Rahul Dravid and stylish right-hander VVS Laxman to pave the way for youngsters to come in for the one-day tri series, also involving Sri Lanka, beginning February 3 after a one-off Twenty20 tie.
Ponting felt one-day cricket was gradually becoming a youngster's game.
"That's the way, one-day cricket is becoming a younger person's game and fielding has become such an important aspect.
"They (Indians) are looking at a more youthful sort of approach," he said.