Ganguly versus Waugh - The battle for supremacy

Written by: Nivedita Aluri
Published: Sunday, July 13, 2003, 17:39 [IST]
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Bangalore: India's home-series against Australia has a lot of spice and heat to offer. Not only it is an important tour for the Aussie Test skipper Steve Waugh, but also a challenge for the Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly. As Waugh has already mentioned that he wishes to sign off in India, I am pretty sure he will do his best to make this tour a memorable one for him by winning the series comprehensively. He would like to prove that he still is one of the best. And I am also sure that his colleagues will give their best to avenge their defeat in the Test series in 2001.

Indians on the other hand have their pride at stake. Not only do they have an arduous task of winning the series but also have a lot to prove against Aussies to whom they lost miserably in the World Cup final.

It has always been a battle of brains for Indians against the intimidating Aussies. The team with nerves will have an upper hand in this series. The verbal game off the field and the intimidation on the field will play a major role in this series. One cannot forget the previous Aussie series where Ganguly and Waugh were involved in a verbal war. It was certainly more than a friendly jibe.

Like Waugh, Ganguly will also have a lot to prove. His batting performances in Tests have not been encouraging. There have been consistent calls for his head in Tests. But, he is a tough nut to crack. He'll certainly try to get back to his golden batting form. Though, things would be easier for Ganguly at home unlike Waugh who'll have to fight against the spin tracks, in cricket "anything" could happen.

It's a great show on cards to look forward for, as both the skippers battle for supremacy. One would like to make this series a memorable end to his wonderful career and the other to make it a new lease for his Test career. It's a mental game and the "toughest" will survive.


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