New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) Bengal have lost their three previous one-day finals and Sourav Ganguly, who has been part of one of them, looks determined to set the record straight in his first full season as the state captain.
Bengal will take on Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final at the Ferozeshah Kotla Monday having previously lost two Ranji Trophy finals against them (1993-94, 2006-07).
“I have played for so many years for Bengal but this is the first time I am leading the side for a full season. We have been playing well and would like to continue the good work,” said Ganguly after a practice session at the Kotla Sunday.
When asked about Bengal’s failure to win three previous finals, Ganguly said, “We would like to change that tomorrow”.
The former Indian captain praised the Mumbai and said that his team will need to play really well against them.
“Mumbai are a very strong side and you need to play really well to beat them. They have a top class batsman in Wasim Jaffer and I don’t know why he isn’t playing for India. Ajinkya Rahane is a current India player and you have a bowler like Ajit (Agarkar).”
Bengal will be missing batsman Manoj Tiwary and pacer Ashok Dinda, who are representing the national squad in the ongoing Asia Cup in Bangladesh, and when asked how much of a difference that would make, Ganguly said: “Mumbai doesn’t have Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Rohit Sharma playing for them! You have got to play with what you have.”