India need Ganguly’s experience against Australia: Amarnath

September 15th, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 15 (IANS) India need the experience of Sourav Ganguly for the series against Australia, former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath said Monday.Amarnath was also confident the left hander would make a comeback.

“Sourav has made a comeback earlier. He will have no problem in making a comeback again,” Amarnath told reporters here when asked about the former Indian skipper being dropped from the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy.

“Sourav is not yet out of the scene. The team for the series against Australia has not yet been announced. He should be in the squad,” Amarnath maintained.

To form a winning combination, a team needed a good blend of senior and junior players, he said.

Asked whether the latest setback could be demotivating for Ganguly, he said: “Sourav has seen many ups and downs in his life. He is a determined and a very focused man. He has just had one bad series. He’ll be able to handle the situation.”

Talking about India’s prospects in the coming series, Amarnath said he was hopeful that the batsmen who did not do well against Sri Lanka would perform at home.

To buttress his remarks, Amarnath pointed out Australia did not have the spin strength which Sri Lanka had.

“Indian batsmen got out to good spin bowling in Sri Lanka. Australia do not have the same spin artillery that Sri Lanka have,” said Amarnath, who landed here Monday to take charge as Bengal team’s consultant for the coming series.

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