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'I am keen to don colours again'

Ganguly, who has been dropped from ODI squad, says he is looking forward to playing World Cup '07.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 11:27 IST

Sourav Ganguly is banking on his impressive track record to force his way back into the one-day squad and envisages a role for himself in India's 2007 World Cup campaign.

Ganguly also said his handling of Shoaib Akhtar during the Karachi Test against Pakistan should dispel the "myth" that he was susceptible to genuine pace and it should stand him in good stead for India's future matches.

"Yes, I am definitely keen to get back to coloured clothing. With all the runs behind me in one-day cricket, I'm looking forward to playing the World Cup as well," he said here, hours before taking the return flight to India.

The former captain, dropped from the one-day squad, said it had been quite disappointing to lose the Karachi Test and not being able to convert his start into a big score.

"It is disappointing. We were in a great position on Day 1. Before lunch, they were at 39 for 6 and to lose a Test match from there, obviously it is very disappointing," he told a TV channel.

"I played well in both the innings. But a big score was required at that stage, which did not happen. It is a disappointment. But at least you know you are playing well."

He said his knocks in Karachi should rubbish the myth that he is susceptible on fast pitches.

"I think it is a bit of a myth or wrong perception. You have to look at my career, (I have scored) runs in Australia, England and on other difficult surfaces.

"The last time I came to Pakistan, I had a successful series. So, I think it is more of a notion. It is good that I batted well against a genuine pace and I'm sure it is going to stand me good in the future matches for India."

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 11:05 IST