Ganguly turns 36, looks forward to Lanka

The former captain is busy attending to his ailing father. Ganguly says he will give his "100 per cent" on the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

updated: July 11, 2008 08:36 IST
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Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who celebrated his 36th birthday on Tuesday hoped to do well in the Sri Lanka series.

"There was no special wish for my birthday ... also, there's no special celebration ... just that I'm looking forward to the Lanka series," he told reporters here.

With the national selectors retaining him in the 16-member squad for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka starting later this month, Ganguly felt that there was no reason to be excited to see his name on the team roster.

"I was always there in the squad; so there's no need to get excited. I'll look to give my 100 per cent and do well in the Sri Lanka series," he said.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) presented him a bouquet.

"I had about one-month's rest, it was invigorating. I don't have any fitness problem; I'm resuming my practice from today. A few jogs and stretch-outs will help me come into shape," said Ganguly, who could not attend the seven-day conditioning camp from June 24 for Test specialists as he was busy with his father's heart treatment in London.

"He (father Chandidas Ganguly) is still not well... I'm a bit worried about him. However, he's recovering," Ganguly, who returned from London on Sunday, said.

Ganguly welcomed the inclusion of uncapped players Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha for the series against Sri Lanka.

Refusing to comment on the selection, Ganguly said he was yet to see the XVI.

"But I'm happy for the youngsters (Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha). They are doing pretty well... We hope to do well in Sri Lanka."