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Fit-again Ganguly to return for India

Captain Sourav Ganguly has recovered from a thigh injury and will return to lead India in their next tri-series game against Australia.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2003 11:11 IST
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Captain Sourav Ganguly has recovered from a thigh injury and will return to lead India in their next one-day tri-series game against Australia.

"He (Ganguly) has resumed training and will be back for the Bangalore game on Wednesday," Karunakaran Nair, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told reporters on Sunday.

"It should be subject to fitness but I don't see any problems and he has already joined the side."

Nair also said experienced leg spinner Anil Kumble, who missed Thursday's four-wicket defeat by New Zealand following the death of his father, would return for the Bangalore match.

The 30-year-old Ganguly has been sidelined for almost a month.

The India skipper shrugged off the pain to hit 100 not out in the first test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in the second week of October but missed the next game in Mohali. Both tests were drawn.

Rahul Dravid has captained the team in Ganguly's absence.

After four tri-series matches, India and the Kiwis have nine points each. World champions Australia, top of the standings with 18 points, have already qualified for the November 18 final.

First Published: Nov 09, 2003 11:11 IST