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Treat finals as another game: Ganguly

"We just have to take the situation of final out of our heads," said the Indian skipper.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2005 18:35 IST

Aware of India's dismal performance in the finals, captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday exhorted his players to treat Tuesday's Videocon Cup summit showdown against New Zealand as "just another game" instead of worrying about the outcome.

"Instead of keep on worrying and worrying, I would ask my boys to just treat it as another game and do their best. We just have to take the situation of final out of our heads," said Ganguly, as the inevitable question of India's poor show in one-day finals cropped up.

India has repeatedly faltered in the finals in the last few years and Ganguly said his team needed to make a fresh start.

"We have to forget about it and make a fresh start."

The left-hander said it was the top order which needed to provide the thrust and the initiative had to come from him and his opening partner Virender Sehwag.

"Both of us need to spend time at the wicket. If Sehwag fires he would probably put us in a winning position."

"It is good saying we are quality players but yesterday is past and it is what we do today which counts. We have to find ways to score runs, may be to fight through the initial period when the ball does a bit and give the team a good start," said Ganguly.

Ganguly ruled out the possibility of reshuffling the batting order in a bid to see through the dangerous period when the new ball does a bit.

The skipper said winning was a habit and three successive wins in the tournament should keep his team in a better frame of mind on Tuesday.

"If you keep winning it adds to your confidence. When we were doing well in 2002-2003 it was because we were able to get ourselves out of sticky situation. We haven't been winning a lot in the last 8-9 months and that's why we lost some games we should have won, like the one against Sri Lanka in Dambulla where we had them down to 6 for 95."

"Essentially, winning is a habit."

Ganguly termed Jayprakash Yadav as the find of the series and said the Railways allrounder had lent better balance to the side.

"He obviously has been the find of the series. He has bowled, batted and fielded well. But whosoever is picked for India has to do it over a period of time and we feel he has the ability to do it," said the Indian captain.

First Published: Sep 06, 2005 13:10 IST