India tough to beat at home, says Ganguly

Published: Thursday, September 25, 2003, 21:19 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, buoyed by the compliments of New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, said the Kiwis were a 'good' side, but it was 'tough' to beat India on the home soil. "They (New Zealand) are a good side... but India is a tough side to beat in India," Ganguly said on the sidelines of a charity programme organised by the West Bengal government to raise funds for a children's hospital.

Asked about the recent compliments by Fleming, who termed India as a tougher side to beat than the Aussies, the Indian skipper said, "It gives us confidence". Pushing aside the tag of a 'grudge' series, Ganguly said, "We need to win the series as we do in any other series". He, however, indicated that the slow turner wicket in India might play its role to make things difficult for the Kiwis. "It (the wicket) depends on the ground and groundsmen...you go to England, the ball will seam. In Australia it will bounce, so in India you can expect it to turn on the fourth and fifth day."

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