Youngsters won the series for India: Ganguly

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 23:51 [IST]
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Guwahati: It was Yuvraj Singh who made the difference between the two sides, said Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly after his team's comprehensive 101-run victory against Zimbabwe in the One-day series decider on Tuesday.

"Yuvraj played really well. He made the difference between the two sides," Ganguly said of the attacking batsman who joined the team midway through the series and impressed with his quick fire 80-run (off 60 balls) and 75-run (off 52 balls) knocks. The skipper was quick to also mention the contribution of the other youngster in the team, Dinesh Mongia who was declared man-of-the-match as well as of the series. "I will not like to take away any credit away from Mongia who played sensibly throughout the series. "Today, even after reaching his century, he batted sensibly. He curbed his natural attacking instincts and found the gaps... there were not many big shots in his knock."

The youngsters had really won the series for India, felt Ganguly saying even the "fielding has improved with them around". He said though the young blood would be definitely considered for the One-dayers against West Indies, Test matches were a different ball game altogether. For Zimbabwean skipper Stuart Carlisle the outcome of the series was really 'disappointing' after having taken a 2-1 lead. "It was a very important game today. I think the bowlers gave away too many runs. Chasing 330 runs odd was always going to be very tough."

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