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I hope to make a comeback: Sourav

Despite being repeatedly axed from the Indian team, former skipper expressed confidence that his time will come.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 22:14 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Despite being repeatedly ignored by the selectors, former India skipper Sourav Gangulyon Fridayexpressed confidence about making a comeback into the national squad by performing well in domestic tournaments.

"I don't think these are hard times for me. You get dropped... It happens... And then you get taken in again," Ganguly said at a media conference at his residence.

Ganguly said that he would try to keep on performing in domestic tournaments to catch the selectors' eye once again.

"The selection rules are the same for everybody. I am trying to make a comeback just like some other players who got dropped after the Pakistan tour. I hope my time will come," Ganguly said.

Ganguly said he had performed consistently for more than ten years for the country and hoped that his past performances would be an add-on to improve his prospects for a comeback to the Indian team.

"I'm one of the lucky players to have played so long for India. If I keep scoring in domestic tournaments, I will get my chance," he said.

The left-hander drew inspiration from the fact that even the likes of present captain Rahul Dravid and veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble had been dropped in the past, but managed to make a return to top-flight cricket.

"Even players like Rahul (Dravid) and Anil (Kumble) have been left out in the past. Now its my turn to be out of the team," said the 'Prince of Kolkata'.

Ganguly refused to be drawn into any controversy on why he was being ignored or the reported comment by Selection Committee Chairman Kiran More that the left-hander would not be considered so long as he remained in his post.

"I don't want to get into what kept me out. The bottomline is I am out. And I have to strive to get back," he said.

Ganguly denied that he had discussed matters relating to his reinstatement in the Indian team with BCCI president Sharad Pawar.

"That's not true," he said.

Asked to react to More's comment, Ganguly said "I don't want to answer."

On whether he knew what he would have to do to regain his place in the Indian team, Ganguly said "That's not for me to decide. That's for the selectors to judge. I have more than 15,000 runs in international cricket. I'll keep on playing."

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 21:21 IST