Australia in India 2001
was the greatest Test I have played in. To come back and win after
being asked to follow on is what dreams are made of."
"India played better than us over the last two days and
deserved to win. We needed to bat out five hours and could not do it.
We have no one else to blame but ourselves. The team will have to go
back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong. The series is
don't you ask him now? He will have something else to say." Indian
Captain Saurav Ganguly said when asked
to react on Waugh's pre-match comment that the Australians were
targeting the Indian captain to wreck the home team's game plan.
Indians were fragile in the first Test. They were also fragile at the
Eden. It was mainly the effort of one player (Laxman) who played a
long innings and saved the game," Australian
coach John Buchanan said after the fourth day's play at Eden Gardens.
(Laxman's) innings were truly wonderful and I hope it is just the
first of many such knocks from Laxman," Sunil Gavaskar.
(Laxman) knock was absolutely fantastic and had a lot of character,
guts and class. Definitely, it lifted me as such a knock puts a lot
pressure on the bowlers. Laxman's knock was a big inspiration for me
," Rahul Dravid who returned to form and
struck an unbeaten 155 on the fourth day of the second Test at
have done well. That's the bottom line. I don't expect anything in
this game. It all depends on what you do in the middle. I can't go out
and expect to win, if I can't force a win," Saurav
Ganguly said after his teammates Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman put
India back on the driving seat with their mammoth knocks on the 4th
day of the second Test.
personal achievement is secondary. The team's cause comes first. If
team management wants me to go for quick runs, I will do so," V
V S Laxman after the close of fourth day's match at Eden Gardens.
a country that has been playing Test cricket for close to seven
decades, 236 was a pretty poor highest individual score especially
with players from other countries scoring highest individual scores
nearer the triple century mark despite their countries getting Test
status decades later. It is for this reason I had been virtually
pleading for someone to go past it and carry on to many more
individual milestones," Indian
cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.
the game I heard a lot of people passing judgment on how it (the game)
could have been handled, but I think most would not have had any
answers to it. Anyway, this game is much easier from the stands and
the air-conditioned boxes, so the less attention one pays to it the
better. As a captain on the field, I think it was Gilchrist's innings
that took the game away from us -- hats off to him," Indian
captain Sourav Ganguly.
Indians have often being described as tigers at home and lambs abroad.
Perhaps the time has now come to change that to pussycats at home as
well as abroad,” Indian cricket legend Sunil
Gavaskar wrote in a syndicated column after India lost its first Test
Ajit is persisted with as an all-rounder, than I was a mainline
batsman," Bishan Singh Bedi commenting on Ajit
Agarkar, who recorded his seventh consecutive duck against the Aussies.
was pretty hard out there. There was a lot of noise when the Indians
were batting, but we kept our cool in tough situations. We've learned
our lesson from previous tours where we tended to rush a bit when the
crowd cheered a stroke by their batsmen. This time we pulled back a
bit, relaxed, took a deep breath and focussed on the next ball," Steve
Waugh commenting on the key to success in India.
the basic flaws in Indian cricket are sorted out, home wins will dry
out unless Bangladesh or Kenya are the visiting team," Gavaskar
wrote in a syndicated column after India lost its first Test in
believe in ourselves and it is purely a team effort," Steve
Waugh said on winning 16 Test matches on-a-trot.
will have to work on our overall cricket. There are two more matches
to go...Hopefully we will come back in the series," Ganguly
said after India succumbed to their fifth straight Test defeat to
brilliant catch of Sachin Tendulkar by Ricky Ponting was the turning
point of the match,'' a visibly happy Australian
skipper Steve Waugh on winning, 16th consecutive Test
wicket offered a pretty good bounce so we opted to bowl first.... the
game was evenly balanced when we were 99-5 but Adam Gilchrist played a
great innings," said Steve Waugh in praise
for the young wicket-keeper/batsman.
don't want to bat for the second time. The Indians still need 115 runs
to make us bat but we would try to get early wickets tomorrow and bowl
them out as quickly as possible," Gilchrist,
whose 197-run 6th wicket partnership with Mathew Hayden gave Australia
a 173-run first innings lead.
may be the world champions with 15 wins in a row, but they have not
won a series in India since 1970. The home advantage is very important
and that is with us. Moreover off the 15 wins by the Aussies, 11 have
been in Australia. I think they will have a tough time here," Ganguly
said for Australia.
country backs their own team, only we Indians think negatively about
slams media and fans for favouring Australia.
don't read much so I can't comment on it. I can only say that our job
is to go there and perform and we will do it in the best possible way."
Ganguly when asked to comment on the way
Australians were talking.
has good experience in Test cricket and at the same time none of us
have played him and the selectors have done no harm by picking him as
he could be a surprise packet." Steve Waugh
commented at a practice session at the Brabourne Stadium.
only Sachin (Tendulkar), I have chalked out different plans to bowl to
all the top order batsmen in the Indian team. It is a challenge for
any bowler to come good on Indian pitches and I am looking forward to
that kind of challenge all the time." McGrath,
when inquired if he has any specific plans to bowl to Tendulkar.
will concentrate hard on my batting and as a player I want to deliver
more than what my skipper expects," Sachin
are a lot of battles in a series - like (Glenn) McGrath bowling to the
openers or me bowling to Sachin. It's good, exciting cricket. Good fun
for everyone," said Warne ahead of a
three-day match against national champions Mumbai.
"We are geared up
to play on any sort of pitches...We have thought of a plan and we can
play according to it. There is no reason why we cannot win here,"
Steve Waugh at a press conference after the
15-member team arrived in Mumbai.
"It will definitely be a tough series
because the conditions are different and Australia has not won a
series in India for the past 30-odd years,"
vice-captain and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.
find some of his comments a bit strange, saying we've only played weak
sides to win our 15 Test matches in a row. He forgot
they were one of those sides, so as a leader of a side, it's not a
real good thing to say about your own side. "
Steve Waugh reacting to Ganguly's statements.
more important how we act as a team over there and enjoy the country
and the culture rather than complaining about it as some teams have in
the past. We've got the players so our attitude will be the key."
Australian Skipper Steve Waugh.
had it easy at home, but India will be a different proposition
unusually aggressive Ganguly after a week-long training camp for 25
can beat India on any kind of wicket. Be it a turner, fast track or a
batting pitch." Steve
am not worried because I have confidence in my boys. Don't write us
off because we could surprise many. How does Steve in Australia know
what we are doing here,"
A Confident Ganguly
beat them in India twice in 1996 and 1998, so it is the Australians
who will be wary of playing us,"
want to go over there, want to win the series 3-0 and we go confident
enough to believe we can do it. It is just how well we harness the
tremendous amount of raw material at our disposal." Australian
coach John Buchanan
Australians are on a winning streak but it is going to be a different
ball game in the coming series, as both teams have an even chance of
winning," Saurav Ganguly.
are going to play a very important role. And there is only one way,
play on turning tracks," Navjot Singh
Sidhu, cricketer-turned-commentator stressing that India should play
Indians are 'hard nut to crack on their home pitch', hence the
forthcoming series would be an exciting one. They are fantastic and
can bowl well on any wicket" Former
Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar
can beat Australia. But first of all, they must believe from within
that they can do it."
Bishen Singh Bedi, former Indian captain and legendary left-arm