Melbourne: Australia skipper Michael Clarke's faith in his under-fire senior pros Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey went a long way in his team's crushing 122-run win over India in the first Test here on Thursday, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.
"The captain is so important and Clarke has showed a lot of faith and respect in senior pros Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey. One can see a good camaraderie between Ponting and Clarke, and that's a big thumbs-up to the skipper.
"A lot of teams have leaders who look to keep the past captain away as they want their own boys and own group, but Clarke has showed enormous maturity in that department. That will really stand him in good stead with his tenure as captain. You can see that in the way Ponting and Hussey bailed him out of trouble at the crucial juncture," Ganguly wrote in his column for 'Sydney Morning Herald'.