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Ganguly clueless about good form

The former Indian captain is in good nick, but not sure why!

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 22:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today said that he was not sure whether being relieved of captaincy had helped him play better.

"For the last five-six months, I have been making runs in both domestic and Test cricket. I also scored runs as the captain in Zimbabwe, so I don't know whether I am playing better because I am no longer the Indian captain," Ganguly said at the Eden Gardens after compiling a well-made 88 for Bengal in the Ranji trophy encounter against Tamil Nadu on Friday.

Tamil Nadu won the match by 222 runs.

However, Ganguly admitted that captaincy involved a lot more pressure.

"But yes, it's a different phase. The responsibility is less because as a captain you have to do many other things. But it is the same for all other captains," Ganguly said.

Asked whether he was looking forward to the Test series in Pakistan, Ganguly said, "Not just me, but the entire team should do well there."

The left-handed batsman said that the Test series would witness some gruelling contests. "It will be a series between two good teams. Whoever plays well, will win."

About players who could make a difference in the coming series, Ganguly said any cricketer who performs could make a difference between the two sides.

"It may be Shoaib Akhtar or Irfan Pathan, Rahul Dravid or Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar or Inzammul Haq."

Ganguly did not feel that Pakistan would be the toughest test for the team.

"We have gone through hard cricket before also. We have played some tough series against Pakistan on their soil, also against Australia Down Under. Hopefully, we will do well with a bit of luck," he said.

On his position in the batting line-up, Ganguly said it was for the team management to decide whether he would open the innings or bat in the middle order in Pakistan.

"It is for the captain, coach and vice captain to decide. They are the people responsible," he said.

On whether he has benefited from playing the Ranji match, Ganguly said he had just followed instructions from the selectors.

He, however, ruled out any pressure on him. "Pressure will always be there in international cricket or for that matter in any other."

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 14:27 IST