We can turn it around: Sourav

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly put up a brave front after the huge defeat to Australia in the first cricket Test.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Indian captain Sourav Ganguly put up a brave front after the huge defeat to Australia in the first cricket Test today. He claimed his team had the ability to "turn it around" in the four-match series. "We did not play well but we can always turn it around. We will have to play well and pick it up from here," a dejected Ganguly said. Boys keen Ganguly said the performance of his team had not been good in the last three to four months and the players were now really keen to set things right. "The boys in the dressing room are keen to turn things around and we know we have the ability to do that," he said. While crediting Australians for batting well, the skipper admitted that his side failed to lift up its game. "Obviously that was the best part of the wicket when the Australians batted but we must give credit to their batsmen. We could have batted better in the first innings but we could not lift up our game," claimed the skipper. Ganguly said there was still lot of cricket left to be played in the series and if the team managed to put some big scores, they could stage a comeback in the series. "There is lot of cricket left to be played. If we can put up some runs on the board, we can turn things around," he said. Tendulkar factor On Sachin Tendulkar's availability for the second Test starting in Chennai on Thursday, Ganguly said he could not say at the moment what exactly his chances were of playing the match. "We have to wait and see. He is improving. The team physio is monitoring him. We are hopeful but I cannot say at the moment what exactly his chances of playing the match are." Tendulkar, who missed the first Test, is recuperating from a tennis elbow. Gilchrist delighted Australian captain Adam Gilchrist said he was "delighted" with the comprehensive win but was wary of Indians staging a comeback like they had done in 2001. "We are delighted to be 1-0 up. But we have been in this scenario before. We know India will rebound after this defeat," said the stand-in skipper. Gilchrist said winning the toss had worked in his team's favour but added that everything could not be put down to the toss of the coin in these conditions. "In these type of conditions, it is helpful to win the toss. But the most important thing is that whatever you do first you have to do well -- be it batting or bowling." Outstanding win Describing the win as "outstanding", he said the team hoped to maintain the momentum in the coming matches. Gilchrist did not think that his team did not play their naturally aggressive game in this match and adopted a different strategy. "We were aggressive where we needed to be. We got runs at a reasonably good pace. Out field placing were also attacking. All in all we are very happy with the way he played in this match." (PTI)