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Captaincy not an issue: Ganguly

Stripped of captaincy and recalled in the side after much drama, the deposed skipper asserts that his goal is to win.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 16:43 IST
Ajai Naidu (UNI)
Ajai Naidu (UNI)

Things have changed drastically for Sourav Ganguly who lead Team India to a historic series win in Pakistanin 2004. Stripped of captaincy and recalled in the side after much drama, the deposed skipper, however, asserts that his goals remain more or less the same this time.

"I think the goal is pretty much the same. When I came here last time, I wanted to perform and wanted the team to win. It's the same this time. So the goals haven't changed really," Ganguly told reporters on Tuesday.

Saying that a captain is as good as his team, the southpaw said, "Even when you are captain, you are only successful when every member of the team does well. It going to be the same this time. It's more or less the same team, the same bunch of boys. I'm sure it's going to be a successful stint for us."

Indicating that he was ready to live life without captaincy, Ganguly said, "I think, whether you are the captain or not, playing for the country is the biggest motivation. That's what you look to do as a cricketer and if you are the captain, that's just a bonus."

"I think, just playing for the country is a huge motivation for each and every cricketer," said Ganguly.

Asked whether the recent controversies surrounding him might adversely affect his performance in the series, Ganguly said, "Those things have not been in my control. My job is to play the game and I've been doing that for the last three-four months and I just want to keep on continuing that."

Talking about the forthcoming series, Ganguly said that the whole team was looking forward to the challenge.

"I think we played very well when we came here the last time. That mark of winning series is in everybody's mind. But that is now past."

"I think, we need to play with the same intensity and the same confidence in this series to win it," he added.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 15:09 IST