Sourav-Ganguly

India beat New Zealand quite comprehensively in the second Test at Kolkata. With the win, Team India did not just take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but also regained the coveted No. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Virat Kohli s men dethroned Misbah-ul-Haq s Pakistan from the No. 1 spot to become the new No. 1 Test team in the world for a record fourth time. South Africa and Australia have been to the top position three times each. This is also for the third time in last 10 months that Team India have become the No. 1 Test team.

All the cricket fans in the nation are jubilant after reading the news, so is former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. Dada , as he is fondly known as, was witness to India s rise to the top spot as it happened in his own backyard in Eden Gardens. Ganguly was present on the occasion and expressed his happiness as well. However, the Prince of Kolkata also admitted that he is not a big fan of rankings and Pakistan were not really a worthy occupant at the top spot in ICC Test Rankings. He also said that Pakistan s brief ascension to the pinnacle had actually surprised him.

In an interview with India Today, the 44-year-old Ganguly said, 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 went on to add, 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.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President also said that though Kohli will achieve a lot in the coming home season, but his side s real test will be in overseas conditions. He asserted, 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 sets high standards for himself and I think he’ll set high standards for Indian cricket as well.

Being the CAB President, Ganguly was extremely happy with the way Eden Gardens surface behaved and he hoped that it will set a precedent for other grounds in the country and at the same time help Team India play better overseas. The surface had everything for the bowlers. 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 surfaces will make them confident when they travel abroad. Our goal is to become a good team all around the world.

India will take on New Zealand in the last game of the series in Indore, where the third Test will be played between October 8 and 12 at the Holkar Stadium.