Ponting says Ganguly’’s retirement will put pressure on India’’s other senior batsmenOctober 8th, 2008 - 10:05 pm ICT by ANI
Bangalore, Oct.8 (ANI): Senior members of the Indian team will be under pressure after Saurav Ganguly’’s announcement that he will retire after the series against Australia, said Australian skipper Ricky Ponting at a news conference here on Wednesday.
“I think it is for sure it will take a little bit pressure off Saurav (Ganguly) but probably it will put little bit more pressures back on some of the other guys in their side. That’’s the way I see it. We dealt with it pretty well when Steve (Waugh) retired. We probably did different when Adam Gilchrist retired at the start of the one-day series in Australia last year. So, I am sure crowds in India want to see Saurav in the last few test matches which will add to the spectacle to the series.”
Ponting also admitted that tackling the Indian spinners would be one of his team’’s main concerns.
“I think, most of the opposition teams coming here in India do face, you know, some challenges as far as spin bowling goes. We will, as a batting group, make sure that we bat very well on this tour against the spinners. I think it starts by focusing on their spinners then they have got couple of pretty good seamers there as well, so to complement their attack very well. So, we need to focus on all their bowling,” said Ponting.
“We have spoken long and hard about it. And we had a good week of training in Jaipur and a good match in Hyderabad in last week. All our batsmen start cementing their plans they need plans in order to so there are no excuses for us now the time has come we are very well prepared. I think we are better prepared in this series than we have been for any other Indian series we have played, so that’’s as well as batting group and bowling group. So we are looking forward for the challenge, ” added Ponting.
World number one Australia won a four-test series 2-1 four years ago to record their first series victory on Indian soil in 35 years, but are rebuilding after several high-profile retirements.
The second game of the four-match series will be held in Mohali on October 17. New Delhi and Nagpur would stage the last two Test matches.
The test series against Australia for the Border-Gavaskar trophy has grown bigger than the one against traditional rivals Pakistan in India, a country of 1.1 billion people with the largest global cricket audience and multi-million dollar sponsorship deals. (ANI)
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