Sigh of relief at Ganguly home, tense wife watches tie
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Today's win was only 80 per cent of our ability: Ganguly
Pleasure to watch Sehwag from the other end: Sachin
New Delhi: India's emphatic 83-run victory over Zimbabwe at Harare on Wednesday has brought a sigh of relief to the family members of beleaguered Indian captain Saurav Ganguly. The captain's elder brother, Snehashis, breathed a sigh of relief. "Our win against Zimbabwe will boost the morale of the sagging spirits of the team," he said from Kokata, adding that the Ganguly family had prayed for the best during the match. "Saurav's wife Dona watched the match sitting in corner of room. She did not speak with anyone, not even to her two-year-old daughter throughout the evening," he said. Former Indian Test captain Ajit Wadekar, whose home was pelted with rocks by irate fans after his squad went down to England 3-0 in 1974, lashed out at the fans. "What a fuss our country makes over cricket. Why don't people realise that in sport you lose and win so why can't we behave like people from developed countries? "Haven't we matured that much after 57 years of Independence," Wadekar asked. "Look at England: Its team is yet to win the World Cup, it keeps losing so often to Australia," said the former Indian captain. Newspapers went to town on India's win against Zimbabwe, providing a vent to pent-up frustration. Many national dailies devoted their front page to India's reviving fortunes. Some advised caution, warning that celebrations should begin only after India beats England or Pakistan to secure a berth in the Super Six stage.