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India can hold its head high: Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist feels regardless of the outcome of the current tri-series, India could return home with their heads high.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2004 17:56 IST

Stand-in Australian captain Adam Gilchrist feels regardless of the outcome of the current triseries-, India could return home with their heads high from the present tour of Australia.

"They deserve to be confident and happy. Regardless of how this series finishes, they would leave here pleased and so they should be," Gilchrist remarked ahead of tomorrow's day game in the triangular limited overs series here.

The swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman would lead Australia in the absence of regular captain Ricky Ponting who has been rested for the last two matches of the league stage.

"They (India) look like a team who believe in themselves. That's the major characteristic of all successful teams."

Gilchrist though feels the success of Indians does not mean he has struggled against the tourists in the tri-series or in the preceding Tests.

"I got a start in two games and then there was that 95 in Sydney. I wouldn't like to think I am struggling against them.

"But what they have proved on this tour is that they have got some quality young bowlers. Anil Kumble has done well on this tour where previously he hasn't done so well abroad.

"Ajit (Agarkar) has done wonderfully well. Nehra and Pathan, all have bowled well. Their bowling line-up has proven it has a lot more fight than it had before."

First Published: Jan 31, 2004 17:56 IST