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'New Indian team is high on quality'

Bangladesh vice-captain Ashraful feels the current lot is more youthful than the one that toured Bangladesh in 2004.

cricket Updated: May 22, 2007 17:06 IST

Impressed with the new-look Indian team, Bangladesh vice-captain and dashing willower Mohmmad Ashraful said the visiting side is high on quality.

Drawing a comparison between the present Indian team and the one that toured Bangladesh in 2004, Ashraful said the current lot was a more youthful one.

"There are several young players, new faces. But this team is also high on quality," Ashraful said.

While appreciating the youthful nature of the Indian team, Ashraful did not forget to mention one old warhorse in the rival squad he idolises the most.

Admiring Sourav Ganguly for his leadership qualities, Ashraful said the former Indian captain is a tough cricketer.

"He is a tough man. He is tough as captain, and the toughness also shows in his batting," he said.

"The Indian team did really well in the five years he was at the helm of affairs. He is a top performer," said Ashraful, who has played 34 Tests and 101 ODIs for Bangladesh.

However, Ashraful shied away from making any comparison between Ganguly and current Indian skipper Rahul Dravid.

"It will not be proper. They have their own styles. And I don't want to get into any controversy," he said.

First Published: May 21, 2007 11:59 IST