Performance Down Under more satisfying : Sourav

Published: Sunday, April 18, 2004, 18:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is elated with his boys' outstanding showing in Pakistan but rates their performance in Australia as more satisfying as the Kangaroos are a better team.

Ganguly, who returned to the city this morning from Delhi to a rousing welcome after the tight 40-day Pak tour, exuded confidence that India would emerge as a strong bowling side once pacer Zaheer Khan and offie Harbhajan Singh became fit.

"Every tour is important and Pakistan was also an important assignment. Indo-Pak matches are always big pressure games and it is good to be on the winning side. We have done oustandingly well,'' a tired but relaxed Ganguly said at the NSC Bose International Airport and his residence at Behala.

However, Ganguly was gung-ho over India's performance Down Under, where his boys played superbly in the Test series which finished 1-1. ''The performance in Australia is more satisfying as they are a better team,'' Ganguly said.

Ganguly lauded young pacers Irfan Pathan and Laxmipathy Balaji for delivering the goods in Pakistan, but said that he 'missed' the injured bowlers Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan.

''I miss these two strike bowlers. But it's good that others have stepped in. Once Bhajji and Zaheer returns, we will have a strong bowling attack,'' he said.

Ganguly described the success in Pakistan as 'team effort', but singled out Parthiv Patel - who scored at a high average of 65.50 - as the find of the tour for his batting prowess. Parthiv was now also an improved keeper, he said. But he added that henceforth the teenager would bat in the middle in the Tests and either Yuvraj Singh or Akash Chopra would partner opener Virender Sehwag.

Expressing happiness on the series victory in Pakistan, the skipper said "it is good to be back after winning, specially in Pakistan.

"Every tour is important and Pakistan was also an important assignment", Ganguly said, adding that "India-Pakistan match is always a big pressure game and it is good to be on the winning side.

"We have done outstandingly well," an elated Indian skipper said.

Ganguly said that the team was looking forward to the three-month break before the next series -- a triangular One-day series in Europe in August.

"We are looking forward to this break after a long series," he said.

When asked whether he would take any assignment in county cricket in England, he replied in the negative. He said he would think about it after two months.

The Indian team is scheduled to travel to Europe in August for a three-nation One-day series before the Champions Trophy in September in England.

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