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December 19, 2005
First Published: 15:17 IST(27/10/2005)
Last Updated: 12:26 IST(19/12/2005)

Whatever has happened, I respect the selectors' decision and I am sure with my performance. I will again get opportunity to play in the future.

Ganguly after his exclusion from A'bad Test

"He is a very experienced player. He has played well in the past. We will also definitely have him as a bowler. However, it all depends on the condition of the wicket before we finalise the eleven."

Rahul Dravid on Ganguly

"We are giving chance to these young boys and they are putting their hands up and delivering. This helps the team and it is good sign for the team. We have played good cricket."

Rahul Dravid after the fifth ODI


"I'm obviously disappointed with the result, we fell short by 15 to 20 runs. But all credit to the Indians for playing aggressively. They have come hard at us in the series."

Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody (On losing series)

"I am happy for the whole squad. We have worked really hard over the last 10 days and it has yielded results. It's been a long time since we won a one-day series in India and it's nice to have won with three more matches to go."

Rahul Dravid on winning the series

"As my spell helped the team to win the match and the series, it ranks much higher."

Ajit Agarkar compares his six-wkt haul Down Under


"It was a privilege to see such a great innings, especially while chasing. It's one of the greatest innings that I have seen, very close to what Sachin Tendulkar played against Australia at Sharjah in 1998-98."

Rahul Dravid on Dhoni's unbeaten 183 (ODI 3)


"Once in a while you can play an innings like that. I am not sure if Dhoni will ever play such an innings again."

Lankan keeper Kumara Sangakkara on Dhoni (ODI 3)

"We witnessed an extraordinary innings today. You can't do much if somebody plays an innings like that, but we gained lots of positives from the match."

Lankan coach Tom Moody on Dhoni's blazind knock (ODI 3)


"I am happy I got two wickets, but I know there is a huge room for improvement. And this is what I would be constantly aiming for...I would try to get into better rhythm."

--- S Sreesanth on his ODI debut

"Sachin was brilliant. He makes a huge difference to the side. His contributions on and off the field were terrific. We sorely missed him and it is great to have him back."

--- Rahul Dravid on Sachin's comeback in first ODI

"It seems Laxman does not figure in Chappell's plans for the 2007 World Cup and that is a pity. It will take a lot of hard work by this team to beat Sri Lanka or South Africa. My fingers are crossed."

--- Former Indian captain Kapil Dev

"All the matches are scheduled at little-known centres. The Indian Board must have had their reasons for spreading the game in the hinterland but it does not do justice to the status of number two team in the world. I doubt if England or Australia were touring and they could have done the same to them. Sri Lanka deserved to play in at least two or three major venues."

--- Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga


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