Team India touches new high under Ganguly

Before the start of the Indo-Pak cricket series, Imran Khan had said that it didn't matter which team was stronger.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Before the start of the Indo-Pak cricket series, Imran Khan had said that it didn't matter which team was stronger. The team, which handles pressure better, will win, the Lion of Pakistan had roared. And team India certainly showed that they were upto the task when Ganguly and his gang scripted a historic series victory. For the first time after 52 long years, the men in blue crafted what was increasingly being looked upon as impossible – beating Pakistan in Pakistan. Soaring success Before this remarkable victory, India had won just six Test series on foreign soil. The series win against Bangladesh in 2000-2001 was the first for Sourav Ganguly as captain and this is his second series win abroad. It was only under Ajit Wadekar's captaincy that India had previously won two Test series abroad. But it is under the Prince of Kolkata that India has won the maximum number of matches. Impressive statistics Ganguly has led India in 38 Test matches. Of those India have won 15, lost 11 and drawn 12 - a success rate of 39.47 per cent. On the other hand, India won 14 Tests and lost an equal number out of the 47 Tests played Mohammad Azharuddin's captaincy – a success rate of 29.8 per cent. According to statistics, India's fared much better on foreign soil under Ganguly as against Azharuddin. Of the 24 Test matches played by India overseas under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, India have won seven. Under Azharuddin, India have won just one of the 27 Tests played. At home turf too, Ganguly has been a more successful captain than Azharuddin. Of the 14 Tests played at home under his captaincy, the team has won eight and lost just one. Mantra for success India may boast the world's best middle order right now, but this cannot be the sole reason behind Ganguly's success. Ganguly's mantra for success has pulled the team together, making it an aggressive and cohesive unit hungry for victory. Coupled with that, the fact that cricket is followed with religious zeal in the country, made the game even more professional. So, while Australia still remain the team to beat, India are certainly recognised as the only side that can do it.