`Dada` all keyed up, cynosure of all eyes

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 20:16

Cuttack, Jan 23: With a fairytale comeback under his belt, Sourav Ganguly was determination personified as he toiled hard during the nets with a sizeable crowd egging on their favourite `Dada` at the Barabati Stadium here today.

Ganguly, who hogged all the attention when he got down from the team bus, seemed to be enjoying every moment of adulation, waving to the crowd and smiling genially.

But once inside the nets, he appeared serious about his business.

The last man to enter the ground, the former skipper was the first to respond to coach Greg Chappell`s call for a team meeting.

His confidence back after having played a pivotal role in India`s victory over West Indies at Nagpur, Ganguly was a picture of contentration as he began by taking a shy at the stumps under the watchful eyes of trainer Gregory Allen King.

Hitting the stumps 10 times out of 15, Ganguly was the most prolific in a pack of players which included skipper Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Kaarthick.

Then it was time for some high catching. Ganguly, not known for his fielding abilities, pushed himself to the brink without any trace of lethargy.

His keenness to excel in fielding could be gauged from the fact that he was clearly unhappy with himself and threw the ball down in anguish on missing some catches.



First Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 00:00
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