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Ganguly will be fit for one-dayers, says team physio

The Indian captain, sidelined from this week's Test because of surgery, will be back to lead India for a three-nation ODI series later this month.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2003 19:18 IST

Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, sidelined from this week's Test match against New Zealand because of surgery for an abscess on his thigh, will be back to lead India for a limited-overs three-nation series later this month.

"Sourav will be fit for the one-dayers. It's just a matter of four or five days," Andrew Leipus, the Indian team's physiotherapist, told reporters on Wednesday.

He said Ganguly would be able to practice again by October 20, in time for the one-day tri-series, featuring world champion Australia and New Zealand. It will be played from October 23-November 18 in 10 Indian cities.

Ganguly was replaced on Wednesday by vice captain Rahul Dravid as the Indian team leader for the October 16-20 second and final Test match against New Zealand in the northern town of Mohali.

"I thought I'll be OK, but there's a lot of pain and it's just not possible to play," Ganguly said after watching the Indian squad train.

Ganguly had the operation under anesthesia at the Fortis Hospital on Tuesday after complaining of unbearable pain, and said he would return to his hometown, Kolkata, to recuperate.

"The abscess had become septic and needed to be removed immediately," Fortis Hospital director Dr. Ashish Bhatia told reporters.

First Published: Oct 15, 2003 17:25 IST