My injury is not serious: Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly, who has opted out of the team for the last two one-dayers against the West Indies due to a back problem, said that his injury was not serious and he would be fit for the New Zealand tour.india Updated: Nov 21, 2002 00:07 IST
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who has opted out of the team for the last two one-dayers against the West Indies due to a back problem, today said that his injury was not serious and he would be fit for the New Zealand tour.
"I had been carrying a niggling injury for some time. It got aggravated at Baroda (the venue for the fifth one dayer of the series). So, I decided to opt out as I did not want to take risk ahead of the New Zealand tour and the coming World Cup," Ganguly told newspersons here.
"But I can asssure you all that my injury is not serious and a few days of rest will make me fully fit," he said.
Describing the Kiwi trip as very vital as it was India's last tour before the World Cup in Feburary-March next year, Ganguly said the team would be bolstered by the inclusion of master batsman Sachin Tndulkar and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.
"The inclusion of these two will definitely make us a stronger side," he said.
Ganguly hoped that the Indian team, now trailing the visitors 2-3, would be able to stage a comeback in the remaining two matches against tourists under stand-in captain Rahul Dravid.
"I am optimistic of the team winning the next two matches to take the series 4-3," he said.
First Published: Nov 21, 2002 00:07 IST