Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dada speaks out on his omission in ODI team and his IPL campaign

Every time Sourav Ganguly speaks, it makes headlines. The same happened when Ganguly spoke to a news agency (CNN IBN) about his IPL plans and also his disappointment at being overlooked for the ODI team. But has the King of Comebacks has more fight left in him?

"I know I have not been dropped on the basis of performance. So we will have to wait and see what the selectors think for the future," said Ganguly.

And the numbers do stand up for his words - Sourav Ganguly piled up more than 1100 runs in just 10 Tests in 2007 at a super average of 61.44. While, his ODI stint saw him rack up 1240 runs in the 32 games with an average of 44.28 that he played in 2007. Though fingers have been raised, but Ganguly doesn't blame anyone.

"I think we are being a bit harsh on Dhoni. He is the captain of India and he wants to win for India as well. Let’s back him and put all these questions beside and wish him good luck," said the Southpaw.

We asked if the Prince of Kolkata still had faith on Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of selectors.

"I grew up seeing him play Test cricket and One-Dayers. As a selector he has done wonderful things for Indian cricket. He got me back into the team. And also Zaheer Khan back to the team. And the performances we have shown, I am sure with him around things will happen," said left-handed batsman.

And though the disappointment still rankles, Dada is not willing to give it up just yet.

"There is a lot of Test cricket ahead this year. Probably there are more Tests than One-Day cricket. So I am looking forward to the Test matches and we are a fantastic Test team. I am sure this will be a good year for Indian cricket," said the former skipper.

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