'Win shows Team India's fighting qualities'

CNN-IBN
Dec 15, 2008 at 11:52pm IST

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar told CNN-IBN that India' victory in the first Test against England at Chennai won't heal the wounds of Mumbai, but it will give reason to at least celebrate something.

"At this stage when the whole country is demoralised after what had happened in Mumbai, they needed something symbolic to lift their spirits up. And it was a wonderful victory as 387 on a fifth day's pitch is not easy to get. But the Indians did it and the way Tendulkar and Yuvraj built their partnership - brick by brick was terrific. And it showed the fighting qualities that India possesses."

Gavaskar also said that people's attitude to doubt Tendulkar's ability to score a match-winning innings is totally ridiculous.

"There will always be people who will doubt Sachin Tendulkar because I don't know what they expect of him. The man has got 41 Test centuries, he has got over 12,000 Test runs and he has got another 40-odd centuries in One-Day cricket and 14,000 runs in ODI cricket and still people have queries about his ability, about his temperament -- that is ridiculous. What more the man have to do?"

Talking about Indian team becoming a balanced side in all departments of the game, he said, "When I say a balance team, I mean a balanced batting team. They have got attacking opening batsmen in Sehwag and Gambhir. They have players like Dravid and Tendulkar who can hold the fort if needed. Then again Laxman can walk in and play according to the situation and then Yuvraj and Dhoni can attack. So, it is a batting that is very balanced.

"Even as a bowling line-up, India team is very balanced because they have got two top quality new-ball bowlers in Zaheer and Ishant Sharma and top quality spin bowlers in Harbhajan and Amit Mishra.

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