Waugh swansong is just another Test: Ganguly
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has dismissed Steve Waugh's emotional final cricket Test as "just another game."india Updated: Jan 01, 2004 17:49 IST
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has dismissed Steve Waugh's emotional final cricket Test as "just another game."
Ganguly said his players had enormous respect for the Australian skipper but they wouldn't be distracted from their attempt at an historic series victory.
"It's just another Test match," Ganguly said on Thursday ahead of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"It's something different because it's Steve's last Test but for us it's another Test.
"We respect a great cricketer but everybody has to go some day, all of us who play cricket have to go some day.
"I'm very happy for Steve that he's going the way he wanted but from our point of view it's a Test match and we need to win.
"We respect his contribution and we wish him good luck but we need to go on with our cricket."
Ganguly said the Waugh-factor would lift the crowd but he didn't think it would change the way Australia played.
"I think the tempo is going to be the same because Australia, in the past, has played to win and I don't think the attitude is going to be different because it's Steve's last game."
There have been some strains between the pair in the past, but the two long-serving skippers claim to have put their differences behind them.
"We've always got on well but sometimes it's different in the centre when both the sides are trying to win," Ganguly said.
"You each have your own way of trying to win the game but that doesn't take away the respect."
Ganguly said he didn't know Waugh as a person.
"To be honest I have not had much interaction with Steve off the field.
"The amount of cricket we play and the amount of travelling we do, it's not easy sometimes and I haven't had much interaction with him but what little I know of him, he's a good man.
"I wish him good luck after this Test match and in the future."
First Published: Jan 01, 2004 13:58 IST