Ganguly unleashes secret of his purple patch

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) Former skipper Sourav Ganguly has attributed his ongoing dream run-of-form to the long-awaited missing link in the Indian batting line-up, the emergence of quality wicket-kepper batsmen in Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik.

The 35-year-old Bengal southpaw, who is currently enjoying a purple patch in his illustrious carreer, has ruied the absence of quality batsmen in the lower middle-order, which has robbed him as well as his Hyderabadi colleague VVS Laxman of scoring more hundreds.

''I have batted lower down the order for a lot of time and Rahul (Dravid) used to bat at number three with Sachin (Tendulkar) coming at number four.

''As a result, I had to bat at five or at times even at sixth position and I missed quite a few hundreds because we did not have quality wicketkeeper-batsmen like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik earlier,'' Ganguly told CNN-IBN.

''These guys (wicket-keeper batsmen) support people batting at number five or six. But me and Laxman suffered in terms of getting hundreds,'' he added.

Ganguly is in stupendous form after returning to the side in the 2006-07 South African tour, where he ended as the highest run-scorer for his team.

He then continued his fine run in England, where he finished as the second highest scorer in Tests.

'Maharaja' as he is popularly known then went on to slam his first ton in his home ground recently in the second Test of the just-concluded series against Pakistan. He then followed it up with a glorious double century (239) in Bangalore by virtue of which he emerged as the top scorer in the series.

''I got to bat at number four in this series and it helped me,'' Ganguly said about his promotion in the batting order in the series against the arch rivals.

Abundance of confidence combined self belief and sheer determination has earned him the deserving cuddos as well as the man-of-the-series award in the series.

''I had a good year before this series in both forms of the game. So the confidence was high. When I got a hundred in Bangalore, I was determined to convert it into a double,'' he asserted.


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