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Pressure on Ganguly, not on us: Ponting

Ponting sought to put his Indian counterpart on the defensive, saying Ganguly would be under pressure since he was returning after a break.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2003 19:10 IST

Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday sought to put his Indian counterpart on the defensive, saying Sourav Ganguly would be under pressure since he was returning to the team after an injury-induced break.

Ponting also said that his world champion team had devised a plan to quickly dismiss the dependable Rahul Dravid in the crucial TVS Cup triangular series match tomorrow.

"No pressure on us. There might be some amount of pressure on Ganguly as he has not played cricket for quite a while," Ponting told reporters when asked if Australia were under additional pressure because of Ganguly's return to the side.

The Aussie skipper described Rahul Dravid as a very good player who was "hard to stop" but said his team had worked out a general plan to get him out early. "He (Dravid) scored runs quickly in Mumbai. We will try to put him under pressure", he said.

He said openers Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, rested for the Guwahati tie against New Zealand, were set to return to the squad for tomorrow's day-night match against India.

Ponting said Australia did not have any injury worries going into the match.

Asked if it was difficult to motivate his team which has already qualified for the final, he said "It's not hard, that's the great thing about this team".

On whether he was suprised by the good performance of the bowlers since the team had come here without the services of its key bowlers, Ponting said "It did not suprise me. They have done a good job for us".

Ponting was not unduly bothered by the fact that India have won all the three one-day games played between the two sides in Bangalore.

"That is not a big factor. How we play tomorrow matters, not how we played two years ago," he added.

First Published: Nov 11, 2003 19:10 IST