Batsmen must score runs: Sourav

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is looking up to his batsmen to rise to the occasion.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is looking up to his batsmen to rise to the occasion, if the hosts hoped to square the four-match series against Australia in the second cricket Test starting here on Thursday. "We lost the first Test by the third day when we were bowled out for 246 and gave Australia a lead of over 200 runs. I am convinced that if we can put up runs on the board we will do it," Ganguly said. "The wickets for the remaining three Tests will have more bounce than the Bangalore track and that will help our spinners. I think the bowlers did extremely well, it is now the turn of the batsmen," he added. Ganguly said despite trailing 0-1 in the series, after they lost the first Test by 217 runs, India still could make a comeback and win the series. "We have done it before and I am sure we will do it again. There is a lot of cricket left in this series. There's a huge opportunity for us to come back and win the series," the skipper said. Inspiration from Armstrong India's determination to bounce back from the dumps was evident when Ganguly said they were seeking inspiration from cyclist Lance Armstrong, who overcame cancer to win the 'Tour de France' title six times. Ganguly wanted his teammates, who watched a documentary on Armstrong yesterday, to imbibe the fighting spirit of the American in the remaining matches of the series. "Few sportsmen inspire as much as the great man. His determination and single-minded devotion to his sport is what anyone would want to emulate," he said. (PTI)

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