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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 December, 2004, 11:38 GMT
Ganguly relief at series victory
Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly lifts the Videocon Cup after victory over South Africa
India skipper Sourav Ganguly breathed a sigh of relief after his side's eight-wicket win clinched a 1-0 series victory over South Africa in Calcutta.

"This was an important Test match for us after what has been a tough four or five months, so it's good to get back to winning ways," said Ganguly.

"The wicket was a little flat and we were worried it might be a draw.

"But the spinners used the footmarks well and Harbhajan (Singh) picked up those seven crucial wickets."

Ganguly gave special praise to Anil Kumble, who joined Kapil Dev as India's highest Test-wicket taker on 434 dismissals after snapping up three in South Africa's second innings.

"I am very, very happy for Anil," he added.

"I've played with him for 10 years and it's just his commitment, the way he turns up every day at the ground, the same type of commitment I've seen from him for in those last 10 years."

It was only the second Test series win for India over South Africa after the 1996-97 series at home which India took 2-1, but Ganguly had words of encouragement for the tourists.

"They have a lot of young boys who were touring India for the first time and it's not easy," he commented.

"They were fortunate enough to get some flat wickets, because it turns a bit more in India, normally.

"But they did pretty well and they have a good captain in Graeme Smith."

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