Specialists comment on the 'special' moment

Published: Friday, April 16, 2004, 22:10 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former Test cricketers on Wednesday hailed India's historic 2-1 series win in Pakistan as the "greatest ever" and a motivative factor for the future series abroad.

"For India to win a Test series in Pakistan is itself a fantastic performance. But to win the One-day series and then the Test series after beating Pakistan comprehensively (by an innings and 131 runs) in the third and final Test atRawalpindi is simply breathtaking", Former India skipper Umrigar said in Mumbai.

"Between the two sides, India played better class of cricket and infact outplayed Pakistan in all the departments of the game. This is a creditable performance that has made every Indian proud. This successful tour of Pakistan will definitely give India a good boost to their future tours," headded.

Umrigar also had special word of praise for the double-centurian Rahul Dravid.

"Dravid showed tremendous concentration and his selection of balls to score off was simply superb. Infact his innings paved the way for the win," he added.

Former selection committee chairman Chandu Borde said, "the boys,most of them hand picked by me when I was the chairman, have fulfilled their potential. It is a tremendous achievement as we have won the One-day series as well as the Test series for the first time ever in Pakistan".

"I have no doubt in my mind that India is the second best team in the world and the gap between them and world champions Australia is narrowing at a fast clip," he added.

"Dravid's was a fantastic innings. He navigated the Indian team to its destination. His courageous batting along with young Parthiv Patel, after Virender Sehwag's dismissal on day one, with the Pakistan seamers particularly Shoaib Akhtar firing on all cylinders paved the way for India's success," Borde said.

"Patel gave admirable support to Dravid and I think his performance behind the stumps, barring one dropped catch, was quite satisfactory. In the bowling department Balaji, who has developed an outswinger recently, was unplayable," he added.

Speaking about India's shocking fielding display where they dropped five catches, Borde said, "I think some sort of complacency had crept in which could have become costly for the Indians. Luckily Patel made up for the lapses by taking a couple of good catches and the Indians were home".

Former dashing middle order batsman Sandeep Patil said, "It is a sad surrender of Pakistan team against a much superior and composed Indian side. Hats off to Sourav (Ganguly) and his boys for a moral boosting series win. From now on the team can only look forward to more success in thefuture".

Terming Rahul Dravid's innings as a "fantastic effort", Patil said "Rahul has now joined the greats like Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar which is very good for Indian cricket".

Former India stumper Sameer Dighe, said "it is a superb performance from the Indian team. Indians have proved that they can win matches anywhere in the world".

"Dravid's consistency is truly amazing. His innings laid the foundation for India's emphatic win," he added.

Former captain Mohammed Azharuddin says, "I am very happy with the win. A series win on foreign soil came after 11 years".

Former opener Krish Srikkanth, who led India on the 1989 tour across the border, termed the series win as "one of the best that I have ever seen."

"Ganguly has proved his calibre and status as the most successful Indian captain ever. The series win in both versions of the game should boost the confidence of the Indian team."

Former opening batsman W V Raman said that "heartening feature of the series is that the youngsters have come up very well and this should augur well for the future. It is a fantastic victory and our players have withstood the pressure of the game."

National selector Kiran More said, "it has been an outstanding performance by the Indian team especially to win against Pakistan on their soil. It was an example of great team and individual efforts."

Former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur said "it is a great victory for the Indians but not for me as I had always maintained that the Indians will do well in Pakistan even before the team left on the historic tour".

"I would also like to compliment the selection committee headed by former India stumper Syed Kirmani for picking the right team. The selectors, who receive lot of flak when the team does badly, have done a wonderful job this time around," he added.

When asked whether the gap between the best (Australia) and the second best (India) had narrowed after this historic win, Dungarpur, said "it is a difficult question to answer because the Aussies' running between the wickets, fielding and bowling are much superior but the Indians have learned to jell together very well in recent times".

Former spin bowling great E A S Prasanna said that the triumph over Pakistan would increase global respect for the team.

Prasanna, who along with B S Bedi, V S Chandrasekhar and S Venkatraghavan, formed the dreaded spin quartet of the 60s and 70s, said, "before the start of the series, we were talking of India's batting strength. But the bowlers have alsoproved that they can rise to the occasion."

National selection committee chairman Syed Kirmani said the youngsters in the team have lived up to their expectations.

"When you have players of merit and consistency, the job of selectors' is made easy," he said.

National selector from Central, Sanjay Jagdale, said the Indian bowlers have demolished the myth that they cannot bowl out a team twice in a Test match.

"The Indian team is now appearing to be a balanced team and its bowlers have demolished the myth that it can't bowl out a team twice in the Test match," Jagdale said.

"Winning a Test series in Pakistan is not an easy job, it is a very big achievement after the Independence. It is a golden moment for the cricket in India."

Former Test batsman and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) secretary Brijesh Patel, who also described the victory as a "historic one', heaped praises on the team saying "it has been doing very well for the last two years".

"The youngsters have proved that they can win a series abroad. It is good for Indian cricket and its future," Patel remarked.

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