Team has to be consistent: Ganguly

Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly cautioned his teammates not to rest on the laurels of the past season.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly cautioned his teammates not to rest on the laurels of the past season, saying that the only way to become a strong side was to attain a high consistency rate. Ganguly, who turns 32 today, felt the biggest challenge for his team during the Asia Cup would be to get into an early rhythm. Settling Down "It is an important season for us. Last year was a good and successful season. We have to follow it with another good season, that is how you become a strong and good side," said Ganguly. The Indian team will be a little rusty as they have had a long break. It would be important for the side to settle down as quickly as possible. On the home Test series against Australia later this year, the Indian captain felt that the season had just started and by the time Australia would come the team would be well settled. Tough competition Asked whether he expected a tough challenge from Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, Ganguly said "it is always going to be tough since Sri Lanka will be playing at home and Pakistan is a good side. It is going to tough for all three sides when they compete against each other." He expressed confidence of a good show in the tournament, beginning next week, as the team was at full strength. The elegant left-hander said that the return of Harbhajan Singh was a huge bonus for the team. "If Harbhajan can raise his standards on par with Kumble alongwith Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and L Balaji, I am sure we will have an edge over the other teams and the advantage with these five attacking and wicket taking bowlers will be a bonus for any side," said Ganguly. Words of wisdom Ganguly said that Geoffrey Boycott's tips to the players during the camp had helped them fine-tune their cricketing skills. "I must say that Boycott was a great player and has so much of knowledge about the game. He definitely helped the players with their mindset and technique. Having such great people in the camp always helps," he added. (PTI)