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Vengsarkar supports Sourav's omission

To accommodate five bowlers, one batsman had to be dropped. Unfortunately, it was Ganguly.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 18:35 IST

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar rallied behind the team management's decision to drop Sourav Ganguly in the Faisalabad Test, saying that there was a need to go with five specialist bowlers to push for victory.

"If India are to win, they have to play with five specialist bowlers. So, one batsman had to be dropped. Unfortunately, that is Sourav," Vengsarkar said.

Asked whether it would not have been better to play four specialist bowlers, with Ganguly as an additional pacer, he said, "No. A lot was expected from the wicket. There was more grass as compared to that in Lahore. So, they had to try something or the other. But unfortunately, now I find that the wicket is placid".

First Published: Jan 22, 2006 10:26 IST