Dalmiya describes it as a historic victory

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004, 19:48 [IST]
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Kolkata:Describing the Indian team's first victory in a cricket Test against Pakistan on their soil as a 'historic win', Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday said the team is now playing like 'champions' and expressed confidence that it will win the series.

''It is a historic win. The boys displayed a superb match temperament to win their first Test in Pakistan,'' Dalmiya said immediately after India won the first Test at Multan.

Emphasising the different mindset in the team, he said, ''Most significant was the fact that both Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan were playing with injuries but still they bowled like champions. It is fantastic ''.

The BCCI president said he is going to personally convey his congratulations to the side and urge them ''to keep up their performance and return with a series victory''.

Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee congratulated the Indian cricket team for its splendid victory in the first Test match against Pakistan.

Vajpayee sent a congratulatory message to the winning team, a PMO spokesman said.

President A P J Abdul Kalam also sent congratulatory letter to the Indian cricket team for their splendid and historic performance at the Multan Testmatch Pakistan and also made a special mention about VirenderSehwag for his "monumental innings."

A Rashtrapathi Bhavan spokesman said a congratulatory letter had been sent from the President to Indian captain through Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

"My hearty congratulations to you and your team on this victory in the Multan test. The victory was possible through hardwork dedication and team work," the President's letter, sent to Dravid, said.

The monumental innings of Virender Sehwag and splendid performance by all other members of the team made this joyous occasion possible," the letter, which was to be handed over to Dravid by the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan, said.

The President also asked Dravid to convey his "special congratulations to Sehwag for his achievement."

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