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Ganguly on brink of major landmarks

If Sourav captures seven wickets in the ongoing triangular series, it will take his tally to 100 - an enviable all-round milestone by any standards.
PTI | By Qaiser Mohammad Ali, Indo-Asian News Service, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2005 04:07 PM IST

Former Indian cricket captain, Sourav Ganguly is just 33 runs short of 10,000 in one-day cricket and if he captures seven wickets in the ongoing triangular series, it will take his tally to 100 - an enviable all-round milestone by any standards.

Ganguly could reach the 10,000-run mark on Wednesday when India play Sri Lanka here. If he does, he will become only the third batsman in the world to score so many runs after Sachin Tendulkar (13,642 runs) and Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (10,933 runs).

Ganguly could have reached the milestone earlier had he not missed the first two matches of the ongoing tournament because of a ban. If he is now included in the XI, he will have at least two matches, excluding the final, to get those runs and wickets.

The Bengal left-hander has played 270 one-day internationals so far, scoring 9,967 runs at a healthy average of 41.18. He has 22 one-day centuries and 59 half-centuries - and has held 94 catches.

Pakistan has borne the brunt of Ganguly's prolific blade in the shorter version of the game. A sweet timer of the ball, he has scored 1,563 runs at 36.53 against the neighbouring country, studded by 12 centuries.

The 33-year-old will, however, be keen to get back into the XI and then get a big score as he was short on runs against Pakistan in the home series in April. His sequence of scores against Pakistan read: 0, 9, 4 and 18. In fact, he has not scored a half-century since notching up 55 against Bangladesh in December last year.

After arriving here, Ganguly, who has batted the best while opening the innings, said that he was ready to bat in any position that would suit the team. He has scored 7,870 of his 9,967 runs as an opener. And 19 of his 22 centuries have come at that position. He has also been very successful at No. 3, scoring 1,356 at 53.36.

He has scored 472 at No. 4, 184 at No. 5, 15 at No. 6, 59 at No.7 and 11 at No. 8 batting positions.

Mohammed Kaif is another Indian who is eyeing the 2,000-run mark in this tournament. He has scored 1,860 runs, just 140 short of the personal milestone.

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