Ganguly basks in the glory of historic win

Published: Friday, April 16, 2004, 21:34 [IST]
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Rawalpindi:After popping the champagne to celebrate the historic win over Pakistan, captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday said the Indian team savoured their first series victory over their archrivals, which he defined as a "special moment".

"It is a special moment. We are elated, very happy," said an excited Ganguly after India's innings and 131-run defeat of Pakistan in the third and final Test at the Pindi Stadium.

It meant India won the three-Test series 2-1, their first ever series win in Pakistan and first away from home in 11 years.

"We have been doing well for the past two years and finally won a series. We have come close on a few occasions, like in Australia but to beat Pakistan in Pakistan feels really great."

"India-Pakistan matches are always great encounters. It (the significance of the win) will take a few days to sink in."

Asked what kind of reception he expected from fans back home, Ganguly said, "I don't know. I think people must be quite happy (with the victory)."

Leg spinner Anil Kumble, who made a brilliant comeback from injury to set up India's win in the first Test in Multan, said the Indians had "learnt to win now".

"Lot of things will improve. We have learnt to win now and the series win will give us a lot of confidence."

"It's a great feeling. I have been part of the team for the last 15 years and only win was in Lanka (in 1993-94)."

"So it feels fantastic to win the Test and One-day series in Pakistan."

Kumble said the team did not have enough time to celebrate their good performance in the Test series Down Under early this season due to the cramped schedule.

"This win is something really special," he said. "Everybody has put his hands up. It was a great team effort. Rahul (Dravid) played a fantastic knock. Balaji, Pathan, Nehra and Pathiv, all did their bit."

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