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This was best overseas series in last six years: Ganguly

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said the England series concluded, was the best overseas performance since last six years.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2002 22:28 IST

Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly today said the England series concluded yesterday, was the best overseas performance since last six years.

"We played pretty well on this tour. We won the NatWest triangular series handsomely and then came back well, after losing the first test, to square the Test series one-all and I think this was the best performance by us outside India since last six years," Ganguly told reporters after the team's arrival here in the early hours.

Praising the performance of his batsmen, particularly his deputy Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Sanjay Bangar, the stylish southpaw, said "I think we batted pretty well on this tour and it was good to see Sehwag (as opening batsman) and Bangar (as allrounder) fit well into the scheme of things".

"All in all it was a very good tour as we saw players like Mohammed Kaif and Dinesh Mongia in one-dayers and Bangar in the test series come of age," Ganguly added.

When asked how he felt about the victory over International Cricket Council's (ICC) controversial sponsorship issue where the international body accepted the Indian players' proposal at the last minute, Ganguly said "it was not a victory to anybody and we are happy the matter was settled amicably at the last moment".

When asked what were India's chances of winning in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy in Colombo from September 12 to 30, Ganguly, said "we will worry about it when we reach Colombo as of now the players need rest".

"However, we have been winning one-day series and I don't think why we cannot do well in the Champions Trophy. We have been travelling since past 24 hours (after the fourth test ended in a draw) and I would not like to say anything more about the Champions Trophy now," Ganguly said.

The Indian man-of-the-series, Dravid, said he enjoyed batting in England against the seaming ball.

"Infact it was a very good series for the whole team and we played very well winning the one-day series and then fought hard to square the Test series," he added.

Asked about his fine batting form on overseas tours, Dravid, said "I guess I have done quite well overseas and it is always a good feeling to contribute to the team's cause and be part of the winning team".

When asked whether India could win the Champions Trophy, Dravid said "we have been winning one day series and we will give it our best shot as you know that last time India finished runners-up and this time around we will try to go one better".

The jet-lagged Indian team, which arrived here two hours late, was further delayed by an hour, as Ganguly's baggage was misplaced.

The Indian team is scheduled to leave for Colombo tomorrow. They would play their first league match from Pool-B against Zimbabwe on September 14 and the second tie against England on September 22.

First Published: Sep 11, 2002 10:25 IST