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India can turn it around, says Ganguly

Dada affirms that the current poor form of the team will not affect India's WC chances.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 21:19 IST

Sourav Ganguly believes that the current indifferent form of the Indian team will not have a bearing on their chances in the World Cup where performance on the day would count more than anything else.

Ganguly, who captained India to the World Cup final in the last edition, also exuded confidence that the team would make a turnaround before the cricketing extravaganza kicks off in the Caribbean in March.

"I am a firm believer that doing well in the World Cup has nothing to do with past performances," Ganguly said.

"It is all about what you do in the five or six weeks of the tournament."

Ganguly has four centuries in two World Cups, a record he shares with Mark Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar.

The left-hander refused to cite reasons for the team's poor show but said they had the players who could deliver the goods in the West Indies.

"I don't really know the reason (for the poor run) because I have not been part of the team for the last year. But I am sure the selectors and everybody else is concerned about it and if we get the right side I am sure we can do well (in World Cup)," he said.

"We have a good bowling attack, and though the batsmen haven't done well over the last eight or nine months in one-day cricket I'm sure there's enough talent there.

"There (are) guys who have done well before. I'm sure they can turn it around," said Ganguly who is making a comeback to the Indian ODI squad after 16 months.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 19:47 IST