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India far better than Pakistan in Test cricket: Sourav Ganguly

India Today logo India Today 04-10-2016

India on Monday dethroned arch-rivals Pakistan as the world No.1 Test side after taking a 2-0 unbeatable lead in a three-match series against New Zealand. India hammered the visiting Black Caps by 178 runs in their 250th Test at home to reclaim the top spot for the third time this year.

Sourav Ganguly, former India captain and India Today expert, lavished praises on Virat Kohli-led side terming "far better side" than Misbah-ul-Haq's team.

"I don't think Pakistan are India's yardstick at the moment. India are a far better side than Pakistan in Test cricket. So I don't think it could be a comparison. I was surprised to see Pakistan becoming No.1 after their 2-2 series against England.

"So I really didn't consider that to be No.1 but I think this win is lot more satisfying for India and lot more satisfying for viewers like us and for people who played cricket for such a long time," Ganguly to India Today.

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ON INDIA BECOMING NO.1

India recorded their fourth consecutive Test series victory under Kohli's leadership but Ganguly said he wants India to win over all around the world.

"I still don't agree with the No.1 position because I don't think India have won in Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. I didn't agree to Pakistan's No.1 position. In my era, Australia were the real No.1 Test side because they won everywhere," he said.

Kohli registered his ninth Test victory in only 16 Tests as captain, becoming India's fourth most successful captain in the longest format.

It's quite a lot of wins for Kohli already. He's got 11 more Tests to play in India, he will be very quickly close to a lot of people in the next one year. But I think his real test will begin when his side goes overseas," he said.

"He sets high standards for himself and I think he'll set high standards for Indian cricket as well," he added.

GUTSY CAPTAIN

"The best thing that I liked about Kohli in this Test match that not once did he turn up to surface and say that I want this and I want that. He just played on what he was given and he reacted to it."

ON EDEN PITCH

"The surface had everything for the bowlers. Fast bowlers got help today (Day 4) as well. It was not one of those square rank turners you get in India. Everybody came into the game. Everybody had to be at their best to pick wickets and win Test matches. That exactly what happens when you travel overseas. India's power in Test cricket will be judged how well they play overseas and victories like this on these sort of surface will make them confident when they travel abroad."

"I think this victory was lot more creditable than turning pitches and Kohli should relish this."

'HAPPY WILLIAMSON, KOHLI PRAISED THE PITCH'

"I was very happy to see Kane Williamson go up to the pitch curator and say that this is the best surface they have seen in India for a long long time. Even Kohli praised the pitch at the presentation ceremony."

"These kind of pitches will prapare Indian cricket to be a better side overseas and Kohli should try and do that because India will win in India and that's not our goal. Our goal is to become a good team all around the world."

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