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Victory is sweet, says Kumble

Giving credit for the first series victory in Pak to the fighting spirit, Anil Kumble said it was "very satisfying" to beat the arch-rivals in their own den.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Islamabad
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2004 03:25 PM IST

Giving credit for the first-ever series victory on Pakistani soil to the fighting spirit in the Indian side, veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble on Saturday said it was "very satisfying" to beat the arch-rivals in their own den.

"This victory is sweet. It is special to come and beat Pakistan here. It is very satisfying," said Kumble, who took 15 wickes in the three-match series to emerge as the most successful bowler on the tour.

Kumble, who missed the five-match one-day series due to a shoulder injury but recovered in time to play in the Test matches, said the win highlighted the never-say-die attitude of the Indian players.

"There is a lot of talent in the team and the youngsters have made a lot of progress. I think one of the main reasons for our success is we don't give up easily and keep fighting till the very end."

Expressing satisfaction at his own performance, Kumble said, "I had a great time in Australia (24 wickets) and here in Pakistan. It is great to play a part in overseas victories. That has always been my ambition."

The veteran, with 397 wickets from 84 Tests, needs three more wickets to become only the second Indian to take 400 or more Test scalps.

"400 would be a big achievement but what is more important is that I help the team win matches. I would like to keep bowling this way."

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