Ganguly praises youngsters for excellent performance

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2002, 19:58 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly heaped praise on man-of-the-match Yuvraj Singh for his excellent knock of 80 runs that helped India snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat and level the series at 2-2."Yuvraj played very well. It was a special knock," Ganguly said. Ganguly also lauded the effort of Mohammad Kaif, who played a perfect sheet anchor role holding the innings together, and said, "He has played superbly whenever given an opportunity in international cricket. He did well against England too." Ganguly said he would like the team to keep up the good record it has at Guwahati, which hosts the series decider on March 19.

Yuvraj Singh, who came in to bat when India where at a precarious 132 for four, said, "The rising run rate was on my mind but I just wanted to hang out there." He also praised his partner, Kaif, for his effort and support in reaching the victory target. "He did well in rotating the strike. Obviously, you cannot win the match alone," Yuvraj said.

Zimbabwe skipper Stuart Carlisle said he was disappointed with the loss after coming within sniffing distance of a series victory. "It was good game and we thought we had a good chance of taking the series. The two batsmen (Yuvraj and Kaif) played very well," he said. Carlisle said he was looking forward to the last match as Saturday's game had opened up the series. "There should be lot of excitement," he said.

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