India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Visakhapatnam

Ganguly happy with World Cup preparations

Cricinfo staff

February 17, 2007

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Sourav Ganguly made his second half-century of the series to clinch the Man-of-the-Series award © GNNphoto
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Sourav Ganguly was satisfied with both his own form and the form of the Indian team after their seven-wicket win at Visakhapatnam, which helped them seal a 2-1 series win against Sri Lanka.

Ganguly, who contributed two half-centuries and a 48 to win the Man-of-the-Series award, said: "We are going into the World Cup in the right frame of mind. We will get similar wickets in the West Indies and it is good that the players are in good form. This is a good outfit."

Talking about his own form, Ganguly, who has scored four fifties in his last six ODI innings, said: "I have been playing well consistently and scoring runs when required. Since the South Africa series I have been getting runs. It has been going well."

Talking about a bout of dizziness which forced him to retire hurt early in the Indian innings, Ganguly attributed it to fatigue and lack of sleep. "I did not sleep last night and I bowled six overs which I had not done in a long while." Ganguly retired hurt in the first over, and then came back after the fall of the second wicket.

Rahul Dravid, who continued his fine run as captain in home ODIs, praised the team's comeback after being 1-0 down in the series. "Credit to the boys for the way they fought back into the series. In a three-match series (the first match was washed out) against this kind of opposition, it is tough to come back from being one match down. It is a great team effort."

He also had encouraging words for Yuvraj Singh, who made a magnificent unbeaten 95. "It is great that Yuvraj is back in form. It was also great to see Sachin, Sourav and other batsmen get runs in the series. Our bowling upfront was also good. It has been a fantastic effort."

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