'We have our task cut out to reach the final'
Despite India's defeat to New Zealand on Thursday, regular skipper Sourav Ganguly expressed confidence of staging a comeback in next two matches to reach the final of the triangular series.Updated: Nov 07, 2003 17:54 IST
Despite India's defeat to New Zealand on Thursday, regular skipper Sourav Ganguly expressed confidence of staging a comeback in next two matches to reach the final of the triangular series on November 18.
"We have our job cut out. We must win the remaining matches to reach the final," Ganguly said.
The stylish left hander, set to return to the field in November 12 tie against Australia in Bangalore, said "I will try my best" to deliver the goods for the side, which was now level on points with the Kiwis.
Ganguly, who was called on by Indian team physio Andrew Leipus this afternoon, had a two-hour long training session at the Pankaj Gupta indoor coaching centre of the Cricket Association of Bengal, accompanied by the South African and two members of the medical board formed for the treatment of a painful abscess on his left thigh.
Commenting on the Cuttack match, Ganguly said the absence of a regular fifth bowler like him or Virender Sehwag, made things difficult for the team.
Ganguly, to a question, preferred Rahul Dravid to double up as the wicketkeeper in the remaining engagements "as he has done in the last match".
While the doctors declared him as "fully fit," Ganguly felt "I am 85 per cent fit. I am feeling much better and improving every day".
On Dravid's captaincy, Ganguly said "he did what he thought was the best for the team".
The dashing southpaw, who went to the gymnasium before practising at the net, gave all credit to the doctors for his early recovery.
Leipus, who had visited Ganguly on his way to Cuttack earlier too, said he expected Ganguly as also the injured Sehwag to be fit in time for the November 12 match at Bangalore.
Ganguly, he said, should have no problem in passing a fitness test on November 10 in Bangalore.
Dr Mrinoy Nandi, who accompanied Ganguly during the training session, said the last stitch on Ganguly's left thigh was cut on Friday and the anti-biotic course had been discontinued.
Ganguly had undergone surgical procedures twice in five days for the abscess and missed the second and last Test against New Zealand at Mohali last month besides the first four matches of India in the triseries.
He underwent the first surgical procedure at Mohali on October 14 to remove the abscess and was again put under the surgeon's scalpel on October 18 at a private nursing home here for cleansing and trimming the wound before being discharged on October 26.
First Published: Nov 07, 2003 17:54 IST