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Sourav downplays Bond factor
Sourav Ganguly at a function in Bangalore on Wednesday. (PTI)

Bangalore: ďIím not thinking too much about the New Zealand squad...Itís more important to look at ourselves...In any case, I donít think Shane Bond would have been a big factor,Ē is how Team India captain Sourav Ganguly reacted, when asked by The Telegraph to comment on the Black Capsí line-up for the forthcoming series.

While the super fast Bond, who is injured, hasnít been named in either the Test or tri-series (where Australia will be the third team) squad, key allrounder Chris Cairns will miss the two Tests (Ahmedabad and Mohali) only.

ďI guess the furore would only be in India,Ē Sourav quipped, when it was pointed out that Cairns wasnít available for the first half of the tour as his wife is expecting their second child. Moreover, picking and choosing ó for one reason or the other ó isnít something new for Cairns.

Sourav, however, isnít surprised that Craig McMillan has been recalled. ďHeís a good player of spin...Therefore, I expected him to be there,Ē he said.

What the captain didnít say is that beating New Zealand is an absolute priority for him ó only a resounding win will help erase memories of the thrashing received from Stephen Fleming and Co. last December-January.

Meanwhile, Sourav (as also Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble) were honoured by the Karnataka government on Wednesday afternoon.

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