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A collective failure: Sourav

Centurion: From being among the more successful captains on the circuit, Sourav Ganguly has been reduced to presiding over a string of defeats — the win over Holland doesn’t count for much. And, the strain is showing.

“I know I haven’t been getting runs, I also know others aren’t getting runs. However, it’s a collective failure and I wouldn’t like fingers to be pointed at anybody,” he insisted, during the Media conference after a walloping at the hands of Australia.

Repeatedly asked about the batting order (as if shifting Virender Sehwag to No.3 has been the most extraordinary decision), Sourav countered with a perfectly reasonable answer: “Today, the issue is getting runs — in whatever position — not the batting order.”

The captain added: “I do realise, of course, that I should be the first person to score... We have a few days’ break and that will offer time to go over many things.”

Later, speaking to The Telegraph, Sourav didn’t quite agree that he was unusually tense before the Pool A game got underway. “I was keen, fiercely keen... I wasn’t tense," he maintained.

Well, till the captain gets back among the runs, the pressure will only increase.

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