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Sourav and I are in same boat: Wright
- One is hoping for a comeback, the other looking to keep his place

Mumbai: “Sourav (Ganguly) and I are in the same boat, mate... We don’t know whether we’ll be going for the World Cup,” remarked former Team India coach John Wright, a familiar face on the TV screens during the Champions Trophy.

While Sourav is still hoping to make a comeback, Wright isn’t sure whether he’s going to be retained on the commentators’ panel for cricket’s showpiece event. “I guess things will be clear in about a month, “ he told The Telegraph on Sunday.

Wright, of course, added: “I must say I’ve enjoyed doing television... That I did a lot of studio work (from Mumbai) and, therefore, didn’t have to travel much made it easier... However, at this point, I can’t say whether doing commentary is my future...”

India’s early exit from the Champions Trophy dashed his chances of a get-together with his one-time wards. “It’s a regret... I bumped into some of the players at the Chandigarh airport and some others made it a point to call me... I just couldn’t meet them collectively, though.”

Asked to rate India’s chances on the forthcoming tour of South Africa, Wright said: “It’s going to be tough and the boys will have to put enough runs on the board... One of my toughest tours as coach was the one in 2001-02 to South Africa... It’s going to be a huge challenge.”

Wright, it may be recalled, was coach from November 2000 till April 2005. Sourav was the captain throughout, except on the occasions he wasn’t fit or got a break.

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