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Sourav: Still possible to get it right

Chandigarh: “It’s been a mix of both — good batting from New Zealand and bad bowling from our side... Whatever the eventual total, we’ll have to bat very well...” opined regular Team India captain Sourav Ganguly, at the end of Day I in Mohali.

Understandably, he didn’t go into specifics, but did tell The Telegraph: “Actually, it’s not impossible to get it right even from here (New Zealand on 247 for one)...”

Sourav, however, won’t be around to see that happening — if at all. He is, after all, scheduled to leave for New Delhi on Friday afternoon and will connect to Calcutta that very evening.

Having been forced to miss this second (and deciding) Test, Sourav is now looking ahead. Yet, even he isn’t sure whether he will be able to play the opening tri-series game — in Chennai, against New Zealand, on October 23.

In fact, Sourav was in considerable pain on Thursday evening and made another trip to the Fortis Hospital in Mohali. “The doctors changed the dressing but, somehow, it’s quite painful,” he remarked. Sourav, it may be recalled, underwent minor surgery in the left hip region on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, he continues to receive get-well-soon messages. The one from a Ghaziabad-based panwallah, though, left him stunned. Believe it or not, that gentleman called on Sourav’s cellphone!

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