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Cricket fraternity lauds India's rise to top

cricket Updated: Dec 07, 2009 20:21 IST

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The Indian cricket fraternity today hailed the team's elevation to the top of the Test rankings but warned Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men that staying at the summit is always tougher than reaching there.

India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs to clinch the three-match 2-0 and top the ICC rankings for the first time since its 2001 inception.

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar led the tribute but also reminded the contributions of former captains Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble in making the side a formidable outfit. "Players like Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble made a lot of contribution. They are the guys who moulded the team.

Their teammates imbibed fighting qualities from the Gangulys and Kumbles," Gavaskar said. Individually, Gavaskar reckoned, Sachin Tendulkar would cherish the feat more than anyone else. "I think Sachin was probably dying for this day. He started in 1989 and has completed 20 years in international cricket. He missed out on a World Cup when India lost the final in 2007. "Now this is a big moment for him. I would think this is as big as all his personal records," Gavaskar said.

According to him, reaching the top was hard but staying there would be even harder.