Venkat revives Ganguly's hopes

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sourav Ganguly is hoping that Raja Venkat, selector from the East Zone, will push for his inclusion in the Indian team for the upcoming Test series.

Updated: October 01, 2008 13:55 IST
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Ignored by the Dilip Vengsarkar-led selection committee for the Irani Trophy, Sourav Ganguly is hoping that the newly-appointed selector from the East Zone, Raja Venkat, will push for his inclusion in the Indian team for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Strongly hoping to be retained in the Test squad for the Australia series beginning October 9, Ganguly feels that the Venkat's appointment will benefit Bengal cricket.

Asked whether the former Bengal left-hander Venkat, who replaces former Orissa captain Ranjib Biswal, will push for his selection in the Australia Test squad, Ganguly replied, "Let's hope he tries... I hope to do well (in the Australia series) if selected... If not then let's see."

"Venkat's appointment as the national selector from East Zone is really good. It's a great thing for Bengal cricket. The state will definitely get help from him," Ganguly told reporters at a function on Saturday.

On the India-Australia series, the stylish Bengal batsman said, "India-Australia series have always been exciting. This time, I don't see any difference. It is difficult to predict who will come out winners but it will be very close finish."

Ganguly further said India will look to capitalise on their spinners to wreck the Australian batting.

"Our spinners will be an advantage in series. We hope to do well in the series."

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