July 15, 2012

Indian cricket

Ganguly fires Olympian's dreams

Abhishek Mukherjee

Sourav Ganguly and Lord's have history. He scored a century on Test debut there in 1996 and in 2002 he celebrated the NatWest one-day final victory with a topless, shirt-waving celebration on the balcony. Now his feats are serving as inspiration to some of India's Olympic archers, who are excited to be competing at Lord's - the venue of the Games' archery competition.

"We were excited when we heard that Lord's would host the archery contest. Sourav scored a Test century there on his debut," Rahul Banerjee, a Ganguly fan, told the Indian Express. "Sourav's performance will be at the back of our minds when we step on to the famous ground and we will be inspired by what he did in 1996. Like Sourav, we also want to make our country proud." A similarly successful debut will do, for a start.

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