Pak tour was the best: Ganguly

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sourav Ganguly today said that despite some prior apprehensions, the Pakistan tour turned out to be one of the "best series" for him.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today said that despite some prior apprehensions, the Pakistan tour turned out to be one of the "best series" for him. "It was a good experience for us. We were really worried before embarking on the tour, but once we landed there all apprehensions disappeared. After being there for over a month, I feel that the tour turned out to be one of the best series for me," Ganguly said at his felicitation ceremony organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here. The 'best' team Responding to a query on his success formula which made him the most successful captain of India, Ganguly said, "It is not just the captain who makes up the team. All the 14 players in the squad play crucial roles. I am very lucky to get a very good bunch of cricketers at my disposal." Ganguly named Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and V V S Laxman as great influences on the team. Ganguly said he was looking forward to playing Australia in India later this year. "They are the best side in the world now. Its great when you get to play against the best in the business. We've done reasonably well against them on the last two occasions in India and Australia. We would love to continue doing it," Ganguly said. Praises galore The function, held at a five star hotel, saw captains of the industry showering Ganguly with encomiums. Leading the feliciation brigade was Tata Steel Managing Director and CII Eastern Region chief B Muthuraman who paid tribute to Ganguly's leadership qualities and man management skills, describing him as "India's CEO no. 1." A high point of the programme was an eight minute celluloid presentation on Ganguly in which celebrities from different walks of life lavishly praised him for his success as Indian captain. Among them were industrialist Harshvardhan Neotia, BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, soccer icons Baichung Bhutia and Chuni Goswami and several members of the player's family. Australian speedster Brett Lee, present at the function, presented Ganguly with a watch. "Not only people in India, a lot of cricket afficianados Down Under love him for the way he plays his game," Lee said. (PTI)

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