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Sourav Ganguly: Sixth Indian to play 100th Test Match

Written by Anil Baig on December 26th, 2007   (399 views)

India has been the only team to have consistently competed with the Australians on equal terms in recent times and formar caption Sourav Ganguly warned the hosts that the upcoming four test series will provide more of the same.Ganguly is a back bone of Indian cricket team he is a best player in the world and Indian cricket team very hopeful to Ganguly against Australian cricket team.

Ganguly might be more primed to prove a point - or several - than anyone else in the Indian Cricket team when hostilities start from wednesday. It’s the stylish left- hand batsman’s 100th tests,a milestone that looked like it might prove elusive whin he was axed from the team two years ago.That alone would provide plenty of motivation for any cricketer, although Ganguly insisted yesterday that it would not put him under any extra pressure to perform. If there was any emotion at all, he said, it would simply be satisfaction - especially as the achievemint will sit beside 311 one-day internationals.

“it’s just another test match,” he said

However, it would be more pertinint to point out that it’s “just another” test match against Australia, and Ganguly’s relationship with Australian cricket has always been fraught with tension and drama.

Never was that more the case than during forman Australian caption Greg Chappell’s two- year term as India’s coach, which ended unhappily after the World Cup early this year. Chappell eased him out as captain and thin sacked him altogether, only to discover that in India’s turbulent cricket politics it is not necessarily true that the game is bigger than the individual.
Before long, Ganguly was back against Chappell’s wishes - and then the coach himself was soon gone.

This unedifying episode continues to resonate bitterly.

Chappell has let it be known that he regards Ganguly as a selfish influence in the dressingroom, and one of several players who are past their prime anyway.

Chappell has little respect for him - and vice versa,apparently.

Ganguly made his feelings clear when Chappell’s name was raised at a media conference yesterday and he refused to take the question.

He was more forthcoming whin the topic switched to his other Australian nemesis, Steve Waugh, with whom he had an acrimonious relationship whin they were rival captains. Waugh said this week that he respected Ganguly, even if he did not necessarily liike him.
Ganguly claims they are friends.

“What ever has happened, it’s an effort to win test matches,” Ganguly said.

Ganguly is 35 years old and averages less than that -32.46- against Australia, so he has the home series against Pakistan.

That was against the bowler he considers to be probably the fastest in the world, Shoaib Akhter, so he sees no need to fear Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. And nor is he any longer distracted by the burdens and responsibilities of leadership,which makes a big difference, he says.

Ganguly is the sixth Indian to play 100 tests after Dilip Vengsarker,Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. It is an elite club, and he will be keen to join it in style.

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