Ganguly reveals another side of success story

Published: Sunday, June 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Skipper Sourav Ganguly expects India to dominate the coming season, particularly the Test series against Australia and South Africa at home, and said most of the team members are playing their best cricket.

"Let's see how best we play. But I don't see any reason why not (dominate)," Ganguly said when asked if India can dominate the coming season, particularly against Australia and South Africa.

Terming the coming season as an important one, he pointed to six Test matches in a row -- four against Australia and two against South Africa. "And then we will keep on playing for the whole of next year. It's a big season, we have to be fit and that's what the fitness camp is for".

"We played well as a team over the last two years and we need to improve on that and get better. I think boys....most of them are playing their best cricket. I hope they will continue it in the next 3-4 years".

Ganguly said it's good to have Kapil Dev around with fast bowlers and giving tips to them. "I am pretty sure that given his (Kapil Dev's) experience and greatness, it will obviously help the boys quite a bit".

Paying tributes to young players for their talent and quick adaptability, Ganguly sought to take some of the credit for their growth for himself and seniors in the team.

Asked to give his impressions about the young crop of players, Ganguly said: "they have been there for the past two years. Most of the players may be young but they are experienced...players like (Virender) Sehwag, Yuvraj (Singh), (Mohammed) Kaif, Zaheer (Khan), (Irfan) Pathan, Bala (L Balaji) and Harbhajan (Singh).

He said these players are pretty experienced given the number of games they have played. "They are very talented and have the ability. That's why they are used to it quickly".

But Ganguly said that a "healthy dressing room" also played its part.

"It's important for any youngster when he is there...wants to look up to the seniors who have been around for quite some time. They find that the atmosphere around is good and competitive. And cricket is the most important thing. And obviously, they are getting used to it," he added.

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