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'Proteas pacers would come hard on Sourav'

SA opener Herschelle Gibbs says Ganguly can no longer handle bounce or pace.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 20:47 IST

Sourav Ganguly is hardly the bravest batsman against short-pitch stuff and the decision to include the southpaw is quite baffling, feels South African opener Herschelle Gibbs.

Warning that the Proteas pacer would come hard at Ganguly when the Test series starts, Gibbs said, "I was surprised to see that they recalled Ganguly as I know he is not the bravest when the ball is fired in short and is bouncing."

Warning that Ganguly could expect a barrage of bouncers and perfume deliveries hurled at him in the Test series, Gibbs said, "You can be sure that our guys will be running in hard at him so it will be interesting to see how he stands up to them."

In his column for a website, Gibbs felt India missed its injured captain captain Rahul Dravid in the ODI series, which they lost 4-0.

"He is obviously a great player and it's important for them that he comes back fit and well," Gibbs said.

"I'm sure India will have been disappointed by their performances in the one-day series, and I just hope we can carry on creaming them like we have been in the Test series also."

"But we're well aware that the likes of (Virender) Sehwag and (Sachin) Tendulkar haven't fired yet and are always dangerous when they hang around," he added.

On his personal form, Gibbs said, "After my man of the match award against India during the recent one-day series, my momentum is good and I cant wait to play some Test cricket again."

"I haven't played a Test now since the Sri Lanka tour a few months ago and it feels like a long time back. I've had a few problems with form this year but I feel I've turned the corner now. I just needed to spend some time in the middle and it was only a matter of time before the runs came along again," he explained.

Confident of putting on some big scores in the Test series against India, the right-hander said, "The last time India toured here in 2001, I was man of the series after scoring 107 at Bloemfintein and 196 at Port Elizabeth but I would be lying if I said those memories will help me this time around. I played well back then but this is a new time."

"The key thing for me now is that my momentum is feeling good and I just want to keep it going and make them pay. I like playing at The Wanderers, where I scored my 175 against Australia this year; the wicket is normally good there so let's see how it goes," he added.

First Published: Dec 11, 2006 16:29 IST