India will clinch the series in 2nd Test: Ganguly
On the sidelines of Bengal's Ranji Trophy preparation, the left-hander who is playing for his home state said, "I've not seen the Test wicket but hope that it will be a favourable result for India and they will win the series 3-0."india Updated: Nov 12, 2011 21:59 IST
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is confident that India would wrap up the series against the West Indies in the second match in Kolkata.
On the sidelines of Bengal's Ranji Trophy preparation, the left-hander who is playing for his home state said, "I've not seen the Test wicket but hope that it will be a favourable result for India and they will win the series 3-0."
With all eyes on Sachin Tendulkar for his much-anticipated 100th century in international cricket, Ganguly said it's just a matter of time before he gets to the milestone.
"He has completed 15,000 Test runs, so the century too will be round the corner."
Ganguly did not want to read much into out-of-favour India offspinner Harbhajan Singh and said it's premature to compare him with India's latest spin hero R Ashwin.
On Ashwin's spectacular debut in the first Test against the West Indies in Delhi, Ganguly said, "it's too early to comment on Ashwin. It's not fair to compare him with Harbhajan."
"It's difficult to comment before seeing him (Ashwin) for at least two years. Don't forget that Harbhajan has more than 400 (Test) wickets."
Citing example of Narendra Hirwani's dream debut in which he had claimed 16 wickets, Ganguly said: No doubt, Ashwin is bowling well. But remember Hirwani had claimed 16 wickets in his debut Test..."
The Chennai off spinner Ashwin had scalped nine wickets, including six in the second innings, in the opening Test to become the Man-of-the-Match in his debut Test.
Leading 1-0 after a five-wicket win, India will take on the West Indies in second Test at Eden beginning Monday.
First Published: Nov 12, 2011 16:28 IST