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Sourav is mentally very tough: Boycott

Expressing delight on the induction of Ganguly back into the Indian team, ex-England batsman speaks highly of his prowess in captaincy.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 18:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

While expressing delight on the induction of Sourav Ganguly back into the Indian team, former England batsman, Geoffrey Boycott on Wednesday spoke highly of the left-hander's strong character and his prowess in captaincy.

"I am very happy that Sourav Ganguly is back into the Indian team. He is the best captain, India had for a long time and he is mentally very tough," said Boycott, who is here to analyse and guide the final list of contestants, vying for country's talent hunt "Cricket Star".

Boycott, the first England cricketer to past 8,000 Test runs, when asked about India's chances at the World Cup, said the Indian team need to improve upon certain areas.

"The Indian team have a bit of work to do if they have to win the World Cup," said Boycott who conducted a master class in batting earlier in the day for the trainees of the "Cricket Star Academy".

The former Yorkshire cricketer picked out reigning champions Australia as the team to win the premier event.

"Australia will be the favourites for the World Cup, but certainly not England," Boycott added.

Asked about the racial slur against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty during a television reality show `Celebrity Big Brother', Boycott said he knew that the Indian filmstar would emerge as the winner as most of the people in England are against "this sort (racial discrimination) of behaviour".

"She is not only attractive but also a nice girl," added Boycott, who in the past has shown admiration for the 31-year-old actress.

First Published: Feb 01, 2007 00:13 IST