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Words not enough to describe Rahul

It was a fantastic win for us, a big day not only for us but also for all first class cricketers back home, writes Sourav Ganguly.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2003 23:29 IST

It was a fantastic win for us, a big day not only for the team but also for all those first class cricketers back home, as winning is a habit. It not only instils confidence but also provides the self-belief which is the most important recipe for success.

It is very important for the team to perform overseas. Our performance over the last one-and-a-half years has been on the up outside India and we must keep it going. Touring Australia is always tough because they are the number one side in the world and because of the conditions.

They also deal with visitors strongly right from the day they land and I must say the media plays a key role in this. When teams from India tour there is also not much home support either.

It does not matter what we write but what makes us feel ashamed is that in no other country, no matter how good or bad the team may be, will they write their team off before their departure.

Adelaide is the best wicket in Australia. Steve won a good toss and since then it was an uphill task for us. But we did splendidly to get back into the game. Rahul and Laxman played on of the best knocks I have seen overseas for a long time and both seem to get better with every game. I am very happy for VVS. The Very, Very Special tag suits him and his success reminds everybody of what a mistake it was to leave him out of the World Cup side.

I don't have words to describe Rahul. He is not only a great player but a big role model. His focus, and the way he prepares and does his job, are perfect lessons for all cricketers. My congratulations to him and I wish him much, much more success.

I am also happy for Ajit. This was a big tour as there were doubts about his ability as a Test bowler and this spell will instil self-belief in him. With Zaheer injured, he took up the responsibility and won the game for us.

The tour has gone well but we have two Tests left and need to keep up the good work to make this a big series. But for the time being let us celebrate this win.

First Published: Dec 16, 2003 23:02 IST