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'Ganguly's future in selectors' hands'

"Now that it has happened, what can you do", said Tiger Pataudi, referring to the selectors' decision to axe the former skipper.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 17:12 IST

Cricket legend Mansur 'Tiger'Pataudi on Friday batted for former captain Sourav Ganguly saying the selectors could have handled his selection issue in a "better manner".

"Sourav has been a successful captain and a respected player," Pataudi told reporters, adding that the Ganguly issue had not been handled well by the authorites and could have been dealt in a better way.

He, however, said, "now that it has happened what can you do", referring to the selectors' decision of leaving out the former captain from the ongoing India-England Test series.

"If you were to ask me whether he can make a comeback into the team, that is something which the selectors have to decide," Pataudi said.

Pataudi, who is here along with wife Sharmila Tagore to watch the Mohali Test, praised captain Rahul Dravid saying, "he is developing well".

Coach Greg Chapell too found a supporter in the batting legend who said, "Greg has begun to understand what India is and I believe both he and Dravid should be given more time to settle," he felt.

While Pataudi had a good word for young pacer Munaf Patel, he expressed his concern about the need for more fast bowlers in the Indian squad.

Pataudi cited slow Indian wickets as the reasons for the country not being able to produce fast bowlers.

On the spin duo Anil Kumble, stitting on the verge of the 500-wickets milestone, and Harbhajan Singh, the former skipper said a "gap" is only natural when one reaches his peak.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 17:12 IST