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One of India's finest wins: Sidhu

March 05, 2008 18:02 IST

Former opening batsman and BJP Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu says the triumph over Australia in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series is among the "finest" registered by Indian cricketers.

Talking to rediff.com, he rated it among the five best in India's cricket history.

"The first one came in 1983, when Kapil Dev and his men defeated the mighty West Indies. It was a pleasurable feeling to see the Indian captain hold aloft the trophy from the balcony of Lord's cricket ground," he said.

"Then there is the Twenty20 World Cup victory by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's and his boys, defeating Pakistan in the final. But, I would say, the best among all was India's win over the Australians in the recent third Test against Australia in Perth, as it came on Australian soil.

"That win added to back-to-back victories over the Aussies in the tri-series brought those stars back to earth," he added.

He praised Sachin Tendulkar for his two good innings in the last two matches of the series, which were in the main instrumental in India coming out trumps, and felt the time has come for Dhoni to take over as captain of the Test team too.

"[Anil] Kumble should have been made captain five years ago; it is now time for Dhoni to take over. I also feel that the Indian players need to be more aggressive in their approach in handling sledging. There is nothing wrong in fighting aggression with aggression!"

Onkar Singh in Delhi