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I need time to settle down: Ganguly

January 12, 2007 17:42 IST

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Staging a comeback to the one-day squad for the series against the West Indies, Sourav Ganguly on Friday said he would need some time to settle down since he is returning to the shorter format after a long gap.

"I need time to settle down. I am back after 13-14 months. My record for India in the last 11 years [in ODIs] has been good and I hope to carry on from that," the stylish left-hander told reporters at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Ganguly termed his comeback, which comes on the heels of his return to Test cricket, as an opportunity to put runs on the board and play one-day cricket again.

"I will have to do well and score runs," said the 34-year-old former captain who played his last ODI against Zimbabwe in September 2005.

Ganguly, who was also included in a provisional 30-member World Cup squad, declined to comment on his prospects of making it to the final squad for the quadrennial extravaganza.

"Let's first finish this series. Then there's another series [against Sri Lanka]. There are still eight games to go before the World Cup. We should take one series at a time."

Ganguly said it is important to win the two series and enter the World Cup with a positive frame of mind.

"It is important for the team to win these eight games. We must go into the World Cup confident about winning matches."

Ganguly said he has no qualms about batting anywhere in the order.

"I have no problems with playing in any position in the batting order. The team has just been announced. We play according to the plans of the team management."

Asked about India's recent poor show in one-dayers, including a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of South Africa, Ganguly said, "I think we need to put runs on the board, we need to bat well."

Ganguly was also confident about Virender Sehwag, dropped from the squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies, making a comeback soon.

"Everybody knows his ability, getting dropped and picked is a part and parcel of the sport. I am sure he will return soon."

Ganguly brushed aside speculation that he might be reinstated as captain, saying : "At present Rahul Dravid is captain, Sachin Tendulkar is vice-captain and let us stick to that."

 



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