Zaheer key for India to bounce back

Kolkata: Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan will hold the key for the No 1 Test side to bounce back in the ongoing series against South Africa, former captain Sourav Ganguly said here today.

“A lot will depend on the Zaheer factor to win the Durban Test. Toss will also play a crucial role in Durban. But we need to bat consistently. I strongly hope that India will bounce back,” Ganguly said.

A hamstring injury ruled the left-arm quickie out of the first Test in which they were crushed by an innings and 25 runs at Centurion.

The game was put beyond India in the first two days when they were skittled for 136 before the hosts piled up 620 for four declared.

Down 0-1 after the first of the three-match series, India will have to win the Durban Test beginning Sunday to keep the series alive for the final on in Cape Town from January 2.

Ganguly, who is the chairman of the Bengal Cricket Development Committee, spoke after their mid-season review that met after their Ranji side failed to make the quarters while the u-19 side faced relegation.

“There is a need to develop club cricket... We have proposed a few things that need to be implemented. Change will come but we need sometime,” Ganguly said after meeting CAB chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and committee members Ashok Malhotra, Arun Lal and Pranab Roy.


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