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'Don't write off Sachin and Sourav'

Syed Kirmani came out in support of the two saying they have some cricket left in them.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 20:15 IST

Former Test wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani came out in support of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly saying "don't write them off, they have some cricket left in them".

"Sachin, who fared badly in his hometown (Mumbai) and came in for sharp criticism from spectators and former players, will regain his form and continue in the same zeal and would deliver his best during the World Cup 2007," Kirmani told reporters.

Kirmani, who was in the city on a promotional campaign, said "the spectators at Mumbai (where the third India-England Test was held) may not be knowing the finer points of game but expect Sachin to score a hundred every time, which is not possible".

"He has already played for 16-17 years and has done enough for the country," Kirmani, also a former selection committee chairman, said.

On Sourav Ganguly, the former stumper said, he deserved a better treatment and is still capable of producing runs for the Indian side".

"Had I been chairman of national selection committee, I would have picked him up for the side," Kirmani, the only wicketkeeper in the world to have taken a wicket during India-Pakistan series in 1984, said.

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 12:42 IST