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India's batsmen under pressure

By unknown | 2008-09-30 00:00:00.0

BANGALORE - India's four senior batsmen are under increasing pressure ahead of the four-test series against top-ranked Australia starting in Bangalore on Thursday next week.

BANGALORE - India's four senior batsmen are under increasing pressure ahead of the four-test series against top-ranked Australia starting in Bangalore on Thursday next week.

A debate on their advancing ages began after last month's test series defeat in Sri Lanka where the "fab four" - Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Vangipurappu Laxman - each fared poorly.

Ganguly's place is under maximum threat when the selectors meet Tomorrow to pick the team for the first two tests after the 36-year-old former captain was left out of last week's premier domestic game, regarded as a selection match.

India's most prolific batsman, Tendulkar, 35, has asked the cricket-crazy country not to stir up the issue of age ahead of the high-profile series.

"It's India versus Australia. It's not certain individuals versus certain individuals in their team," Tendulkar told a news conference after the opening day of the preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy yesterday.

"It's about performing, and that is what the whole team should concentrate on doing. We would just like to focus on our performance," added Tendulkar. - Reuters

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