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Aussies better than us: Ganguly

July 16, 2003 10:06 IST
Last Updated: July 16, 2003 11:04 IST

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday paid wholesome tribute to Australia, acknowledging its status as the best side in the world.

"The Aussies are the only side ahead of us. To be honest, we are the second best team after them," he said in Kolkata.

Hoping to do well in Australia, where India will play four Test matches and a tri-series also involving Zimbabwe during the 70-day tour, Ganguly had said on his birthday last week: "For me, the best birthday gift would be winning the cricket series Down Under."

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Ganguly described the Aussie series as tough.

"It is going to be a test of our abilities there. They are a very good side and in great form. We have to lift our game to compete with them on their soil."

He added that he was confident about the ability of his side to turn the table on the Aussies. "My boys are experienced and have travelled throughout the world."

But he said that the Indians had to prepare well. "Winning does not depend solely on me, but on the entire team. For that we have to really play well... plan well and get fit, which we are trying to do."

The captain also pointed out that his side's bowling needed to be spruced up.

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Sub: What Confidence

I do applaud Saurav Ganguly's confidence. Unfortunately the rankings do not seem to indicate what he says. Maybe he doesn't believe in them. Firstly are ...

Posted by Sanjay

Sub: better introspection required

we can claim to be second best in the world right now only b'cos no other team is good.

Posted by k sree

Sub: Dont dream,,,,,,

U r best bday gift at max can be a drawn test or atmost a test win. Forget abt the series win

Posted by amit

Sub: Ind tour of australia

I dont think so india have the guts to beat the aussies in their home soil. "It would be better if they can draw the ...

Posted by Satish

Sub: dada is great

Dada , i know you will do it You are the best captain India has ever produced.

Posted by Kabir Mathur


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