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Ganguly a lucky captain like Imran: Miandad

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KOLKATA, JULY 28. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad feels that the present Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is a lucky captain much like the legendary Pakistani Imran Khan.

"Sourav (Ganguly) is a lucky captain like Imran (Khan),'' the celebrated batsman said analysing India's miraculous entry into the final of the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

Relishing his post-retirement sojourn in the country, Miandad was at ease with newsmen in a tête-à-tête hosted by Zee News at a city hotel on Wednesday. "We call cricket a game of glorious uncertainties and therein lies the scope for fortune to determine the ultimate outcome,'' said Miandad.

"Despite committing many blunders, we came up trumps in so many occasions under Imran. There were strange twists of fortune in our favour and that I feel was because of the captain's luck,'' Miandad said adding, "of course, you need to have a good team first.''

He said Ganguly, who too has a very talented outfit under his command, has won many matches from unlikely situations and that likens him to the exploits of the great Pakistani all-rounder.

About India's chances in the final, Miandad said though both sides are balanced, the Indians will have to work hard. Sri Lanka, he said, will have the home advantage while it will be "further strengthened with the likely inclusion of Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan.''

Miandad, reflecting on the recent trend in the sub-continent of having foreign coaches, said the sport's administrators in respective countries "apparently have a knack of listening to outsiders more than their own players who had once brought laurels for them.''

He said the Pakistan team is now in a rebuilding process. "I had included the likes of Yasir Hameed, Umar Gul and Imran Farhat among others. They have a lot of talent but fall short on experience. Once these players mature, the team will be a force to reckon with.'' he said.

Shoaib Akhtar, Miandad said, was doing well in the supporting role under the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. "Situations have changed and he is leading the Pakistan attack now. He has to be more responsible now and assess his own problems because Pakistan needs 100 per cent from a bowler of his calibre.

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