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Captaincy never affected my batting: Ganguly

After a great outing, Ganguly said the responsibility never affected his batting and that his form had been good for the last 5-6 months.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 11:09 IST

India's Sourav Ganguly said on Friday that his form had not improved after losing the test captaincy because the responsibility had never really affected his batting.

The 33-year-old, speaking to reporters in Kolkata on Friday after scoring two half centuries in a domestic match, also said he thought his form had been good in recent months.

Ganguly has been the centre of controversy since losing the captaincy then being dropped from the India test team for the third test against Sri Lanka.

"I've batted well when I was the captain and I don't think I am playing better because I am no longer the captain," he said.

He was recalled for the Pakistan tour and he and vice captain Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble and second wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel leave on Saturday to join the India team in Lahore.

The national selectors asked Ganguly to play the Ranji Trophy match to prove his form for the tour and the Bengal batsman responded by scoring 59 and 88 against Tamil Nadu.

"I thought I batted well in both innings," the lefthander said. "I've played well for the last five to six months."

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 21:57 IST