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12-07-2010, 02:48 AM #1
World Cup will be a different ball game: GangulyThe new look Team India under Gautam Gambhir might be on a roll at the moment but it would be a different experience at the World Cup and a series in South Africa would be an ideal preparation, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.
The southpaw also reiterated that his first preference will be Kolkata Knight Riders although the Ganguly would be up for auctions.
"It was nice to see India winning under new captain (Gautam) Gambhir. But World Cup will be a different experience. Every win is good for the team (to get the momentum)," he said.
"We have a very tough away series in South Africa. It will give them an ideal preparation ahead of the big tournament (here in February-April next year). Indians are used to the playing condition here so I believe South Africa series will be very crucial. It's easier to come back from a tough tournament. I hope they do well in South Africa," he added.
Sourav GangulyOn the speculation that he might not be retained by the SRK-owned franchisee, Ganguly said, "I've played three years with them so obviously there is an attachment. KKR will be my first preference."
"But it does not depend on me. It's up to the franchisee, let's see what happens at the auction. I'm yet to have a word with Shah Rukh Khan [ Images ] on this.
"If I'm not retained then there is always an option of getting picked by any other team at the auction. But I am keen on playing the tournament... I believe there is some cricket left in me," he added.
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