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India have a great, great future: Ganguly
LONDON: Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has hit back at critics who say he sometimes lets the game drift, saying the team's performance at Headingley in third Test against England and a string of earlier victories is "ample proof of a successful captaincy." Ganguly was reacting to 'Tiger' Pataudi's observation in India Abroad that he (Ganguly) "sometimes lets the game drift away from him."
" In an interview here, Ganguly said he had not been hurt by previous criticism of his leadership because his record spoke for itself. "I think Indian cricket has a great, great future. Our performance over the last one-and-a-half years has shown it has a great, great future. We have won overseas more than any other team has won.
"We won five Tests abroad during the last one-and-a-half years, which is the maximum by any captain. So that shows we've played really well. We have won 11 of our last 23 Tests overall in this one year. "It's the highest success rate for any team under any captain. So the team looks to have a good future. We did fantastically in the one-days. We have not lost a one-day series in the whole year.
"We won the one-day series in the West Indies, we won the one-day series here, obviously we beat Zimbabwe at home. So things are going well. Overall we've played well in England. Except for the Lords Test we played extremely well in the series, the one-days as well the Test at Nottingham (Trent Bridge) and the Test at Headingley.
"I think our performance results from the consistency of playing good cricket."
[Edited on 9/2/02 by henochschon]