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Last Updated: Monday, 2 January 2006, 11:53 GMT
Ganguly reflects on 'worst year'
S Ganguly
In 1996, it was tough to break into the team - now it's tougher, but I am ready to accept the challenge
Sourav Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is determined to revive his faltering fortunes in Pakistan after enduring the "worst" year of his career.

He told Indian newspaper Mid-Day: "It was the worst year as far as my cricketing career is concerned. I'm really happy that 2005 has passed."

"The bottom line is I have to make lots of runs. I don't want to be distracted and I don't want controversies."

Ganguly has lost the captaincy and his place in India's one-day squad.

He even travels to India on the fringes of the Test side having found it difficult to adjust to the new regime instilled by coach Greg Chappell.

Ganguly, 33, has been written off by countless pundits in the subcontinent and courted further criticism by pulling out of a state match for Bengal to spend Christmas with his family.

But he responded: "It's their opinion - I've nothing to do with what they think or believe."

After being dropped for India's most recent Test match against Sri Lanka, the country's most successful captain ever has turned back the clock 10 years.

"In 1996, it was tough to break into the team," he said of the year he made his debut and scored centuries in his first two Tests against England.

"Now it's tougher. But I am ready to accept it. That's the challenge of 2006." The former captain said India had a good chance to succeed again on Pakistani soil after their historic Test series win in April 2004.

He said: "If we are to beat them, we have to bat well first. That's the basic thing, and there's no reason why we cant do that."

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