Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has hailed the Indian Cricket Team for the manner in which they fought all the odds and scripted a historic Test series win in Australia earlier this year.

Ganguly lauds India for defeating Australia

Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, and Shubman Gill led Rahane and Co. to breach the Australian fortress of Gabba. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly praised Indian wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, for his heroic knock at the Gabba and said that he was in touch with the players throughout the series.

“I back the players, personally speak to them, listen to them. When they were in Australia, I would speak to the captain during every Test match. The results are because of the players. What Rishabh Pant did on the last day in Brisbane was incredible. He showed guts and character,” Ganguly told Sportstar.

India beat Australia in Gabba and lifts the series trophy
India beat Australia in Gabba and lifts the series trophy

“The players relate to me because I have also played the game. Why can’t I speak to them? It is my job. I am supposed to speak to my players. We don’t hassle them. We are there to support them.”

Sourav Ganguly was the captain of the Indian team when it drew the series in Australia in 2003/04. The former captain, however, refused to compare the two eras, stating that the ongoing phase is superb.

“These are two different generations. This is a superb phase. Beating Australia in Australia was a tremendous achievement. We drew with Australia in Australia, beat England in England and Pakistan in Pakistan,” Ganguly added.

“We won in New Zealand, too. It was a glorious phase. This team is doing so well. I leave it at that. What happened in 2003 can’t be compared within 2021. I was involved both times – captain and now the BCCI president.”

At present team India led by Virat Kohli is set to face New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Champions at England.

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