Kumble hails team effort
India captain Anil Kumble showered his team with praise after they sealed a 1-0 series victory over Pakistan with a draw in the final Test.
Last Updated: 12/12/07 4:12pm
India captain Anil Kumble paid tribute to his players after they sealed a 1-0 series victory over Pakistan with a draw in the final Test.
Kumble, leading the side in his first series since succeeding Rahul Dravid as Test skipper, felt the success was very much a team effort.
"It's great, winning a Test series against Pakistan. And to achieve this in Bangalore - my home town - is very special," Kumble told Sky Sports.
"I never expected the captaincy to come my way at 37, but I definitely expected the result.
"We have potential and I thought my team-mates put up a fantastic show. Great batting by Sourav [Ganguly] and Yuvraj [Singh], and then Ishant Sharma's five-fer in the first innings.
"Sourav has been fantastic with bat and ball."
India won the first Test in Delhi by six wickets before dominating draws in Kolkata and Bangalore.
Sourav Ganguly claimed the man-of-the series award for his 534 runs in six innings, including scores of 239 and 91 in the third Test.
"It was a good series and a good year for me and the team," said the 35-year-old left-hander. "I hope it carries on."
Pakistan finished the third Test on 162-7 in pursuit of a victory target of 374 after Kumble had sparked a collapse with five wickets.
Stand-in skipper Younus Khan - who led the side in the second and third Tests due to Shoaib Malik's ankle injury - felt his side could take some positives.
Middle-order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq scored centuries in both the second and third Tests, while seamer Yasir Arafat excelled on debut in Bangalore with 5-161.
"Guys played well like Misbah and Yasir Arafat, so I'm happy with that," said Younus.
"I'm always asking the selectors for him (Misbah). He's fantastic guy and a team man.
"And it was a dream debut for Yasir Arafat - he has done well as well."