Sourav Ganguly heaps praise on bowlers

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004, 20:06 [IST]
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Multan:Sourav Ganguly, forced to watch India record a historic win from the sidelines, praised his bowlers for bowling out the formidable opposition twice on what was a perfect batting track.

Ganguly, suffering from a back injury and ruled out of the first two Tests, followed India's progress keenly and was thrilled to see his young team register India's first win on Pakistani soil in nearly 50 years.

"The bowlers -- Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Zaheer -- all bowled with confidence. Finishing the match on a flat wicket in just over four days is an achievement. It was good to see the bowlers bowling the opposition out twice on such a flat track," Ganguly said after India registered a huge innings and 52 runs victory.

"I am as happy as any other member of the team," he said. "It is a fantastic feeling. Winning the One-day series and the first Test after coming to the country after 15 years is superb."

Ganguly said it would not be a problem for India even if Pakistan prepares green tops for the remainder of the three-match Test series to support its famed bowling line-up.

"I have always said green wickets are good for us. It is not going to make much of a difference to us. We are here just because of the hard work we have put in and we are enjoying it."

On his lower back injury, Ganguly said he was hoping to be back to the team for the third Test.

"It's better now. But there is still some stiffness. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to be fit for the third Test."

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