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Will Friday the 13th be lucky for Dada?

Ganguly is the only Indian captain to have won a series in Pak. But will he play tomorrow? Sunit Kaul ponders.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 20:41 IST

Team India will have to grapple with two huge challenges when they face their arch-nemesis at Lahore tomorrow.

First, to recreate the magic of 2004 when the team, buoyed by Sehwag's fireworks, made mincemeat of the hosts.

Second, which many feel (with reason!) as a bigger challenge, would be to decide whether to include the experienced Sourav Ganguly or not.

What goes for Ganguly

A veteran of 86 tests, Ganguly is the only captain to win a series in Pakistan. His aggressive captaincy and a shrewd use of available resources would undoubtedly come good in a tight situation, even though not as a captain but still as a player.

He has plenty of experience not only to handle, but also thrive in the dusty arid pitches of Pakistan. Besides India-Pakistan battle is by nature not just cricket. In the hothouse of a test against Pakistan with pent-up emotions and over-charged players, experience is often given preference over talent.

Dravid even though a thorough professional in his own right, is a toddler in terms of years in captaincy. With Tendulkar on his right and Ganguly on his left, he may well give Chappell a reason or two to smirk on Woolmer's face.

Even the chief selector Kiran More, whose remarks are increasingly starting to resemble the pendulum of an old grandfather's clock, said Ganguly was brought back to strengthen the middle order for a difficult trip.

"Sourav has a lot of runs behind him and since Pakistan is a tough tour, we thought we could make the middle-order strong by bringing him back," he said.

If we go by his verdict than the cricket buffs could witness a possible recall of former India captain for the first encounter.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 19:26 IST