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New rules will affect players: Ganguly

However, India are looking forward to good results in Videocon Tri-series, says captain Ganguly.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2005 13:47 IST

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly justified India's selection of playing three left-arm medium-pacers in one-day internationals in the recent tri-series in Sri Lanka and welcomed the idea of having them in the team if they produced the desired results.

Speaking to the media hours before the team left for Zimbabwe, Ganguly said: "The bowlers did very well in Sri Lanka. I see no reason why we can't have three left-arm seamers playing in a match if they are your best bowlers in the side."

His comments were in obvious reference to why India played Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra in most part of the tri-series in Lanka. Lakshmipathy Balaji, the other medium-pacer in the squad played in only one match in Lanka and has since been left out of the Zimbabwe-bound squad.

Ganguly felt the bowlers did well in Sri Lanka and it was the batsmen who let India down in the recent series, where they lost to Sri Lanka in the final. Ganguly's press conference was arranged in a hurried manner after the left-hander arrived from Kolkata late on Monday night. He did not say much on the omission of Zaheer Khan. "All I can say about Zaheer is that he has been in outstanding form in the Afro-Asian Cup in South Africa," he said.

Ganguly said his team was looking forward to good results in Zimbabwe. "We have not done really well in one-dayers, especially after the tour of Pakistan last year. That is an area of concern. Hopefully, we will do well in Zimbabwe."

He said the new one-day rules that will be applicable in the forthcoming tri-series beginning on August 24 with New Zealand and Zimbabwe at Bulawayo will make a difference in the performance of the players.

Ganguly also brushed aside comments and questions about the rumoured differences between him and Rahul Dravid. "Rahul and I have been playing cricket together since the under-15 days. I don't think there is bound to be any difference between us since I have taken over as captain.”

Coach Greg Chappell said the players have to do the basic things right to improve the team's performance in one-day internationals. "There is no quick fix solution. Maybe take a step backwards in order to progress," Chappell said.

Taking into account India's poor performance in one-dayers, Chappell said the team's dismal ranking is a true reflection of the form. "Ranking don't lie. On current records it is justified," he said.

First Published: Aug 23, 2005 02:10 IST