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Sachin should be given Bharat Ratna: Ganguly

March 04, 2010 09:17 IST

Sopurav GangulyFormer Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly joined the chorus in demanding Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

"Sachin is a Bharat ratna. There is no doubt that he should be conferred the Bharat Ratna award," Ganguly told reporters after the practice session of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eden Gardens.

The KKR skipper denied observation from some quarter that his side was weak in the bowling department.

"On the contrary, we have a strong bowling side. We have Shane Bond, Brad Hogg, Ishant Sharma, Ajantha Mendis, Ashok Dinda, Ajit Agarkar and Lakshmi Ratan Shukla," Ganguly said.

On the third wicket keeper of the IPL franchise, the KKR skipper said it would be decided soon.      Besides Brendon Mccullum, the Kiwi wicket keeper batsman who is expected to join late in the tournament, KKR have Bengal's Wriddhiman Saha as their second keeper.

The decision would be taken in couple of days and third wicket keeper could be one among Deep Dasgupta, Tilak Naidu and Rohit Sabharwal, Ganguly said.

After a disastrous campaign in the earlier edition last year in South Africa, KKR will feature in the inaugural match against Deccan Chargers in Mumbai on March 12.

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