We must stay focussed: Ganguly
India captain Sourav Ganguly eased his country into their first World Cup final in 20 years and confidently predicted that his team has what it takes to beat Australia.india Updated: Mar 21, 2003 02:37 IST
India captain Sourav Ganguly eased his country into their first World Cup final in 20 years on Thursday and confidently predicted that his team have what it takes to beat Australia in Sunday's showdown.
"It will be important not to lose early wickets and get a big total," he said.
"We must stay focussed and we need to believe that we can win the final."
India brushed aside the feeble challenge of Kenya in the semi-final here winning by 91 runs when they dismissed the Africans for just 179 in 46.2 overs as they chased 271 to win.
Ganguly, who made an unbeaten 111 after winning the toss and electing to bat, admitted he would probably play the same team against the Australians in the final at the Wanderers but he wouldn't hesitate to make changes if the conditions demanded it.
"We will have a look at the wicket and see if it suits a particular bowler or batsman, but it would be a tough decision to leave anybody out.
"I told the team today that we were playing the two most important games of our careers. Now there is just one. We need to fire in the final," added the skipper aware that when his side met defending champions Australia in the first round they were crushed by nine wickets and were bowled out for 125 - their lowest ever World Cup score.
On Thursday, India had made 270-4 from their 50 overs with Ganguly hitting his third century of the tournament.
He finished unbeaten on 111 from 114 balls in a knock which featured five huge sixes, two of which sailed over and out of the Kingsmead ground.
Ganguly's 22nd one-day international century took him to 441 runs for the tournament - second behind teammate Sachin Tendulkar who took his individual tally to 669 after another breathtaking innings of 83.
Kenya opener Ravindu Shah said that despite the defeat, the team had proved at the World Cup that they can compete at the top level.
"We have proved a point that we can play cricket and I am sure we can do a lot better in the future," said Shah.
"We can build upon this but we need the help of the ICC and other Test playing nations to help us with funds and more tours."
First Published: Mar 21, 2003 02:24 IST