Ganguly surprised, didn~~t expect to win inside 4 days

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2002, 22:46 [IST]
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Mumbai: India skipper Saurav Ganguly said on Saturday he had not expected his team would wrap up the opening Test against the West Indies inside four days.

"To be honest, I didn't think the Test would be over today even though we played superbly," said Ganguly after his team thrashed the tourists by an innings and 112 runs on the fourth day at the Wankhede Stadium. India gained a 1-0 lead in a three-match series following its first-ever victory by an innings margin against the West Indies in 76 Tests. Ganguly said fast bowler Zaheer Khan's four-wicket effort in the first innings played a major role in India's emphatic win. "Zaheer's four wickets was the key because his spell set up the win. He bowled superbly on a pitch which was not helpful to fast bowlers," said Ganguly. "Harbhajan and Kumble are class performers. The pitch helped spin on the fourth day and they exploited the conditions superbly," said Ganguly, who led his team to its 12th Test win since becoming captain in 2000. He is now just two victories short of equalling former captain Mohammad Azharuddin's Indian record of 14 Test wins. "I'm happy with the way things are moving at present," said the Indian skipper. "Virender Sehwag and Sanjay Bangar scoring runs at the top is a great news and I hope they continue to do the good work. We have been doing well in Tests and One- dayers for the past 10 months. "I'm happy the team is becoming a tougher outfit." Hooper blamed his team's batting more than the pitch for the big defeat in his 100th Test. "The pitch was not that bad, but we batted poorly," he conceded. "The track was flat and helped spinners later on, but it was still good to bat on. We have to lift our game in the remaining two Tests. We have to put this defeat behind us. "We have come back from behind against India in a Test series and let's see how things go from here," Hooper said, referring to his team's 2-1 victory over Ganguly's men after trailing 1-0 in a five-match home series in May. The second Test starts at Chennai on October 17.

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