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India kept their tryst with history at Multan on Thursday. In the land where Alexander the Great sustained a fatal injury in his quest for victory, Rahul Dravid and his men emerged victorious with minimum of fuss. India needed just twelve deliveries on the fifth day to wrap up the match. Youhana, who faced all of them, added five runs to his overnight score, moving from 107 to 112 before the curtain came down on his and his team`s innings. Pakistan were dismissed for 216, leaving India victors by an innings and 52 runs.
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Anil Kumble, who claimed eight wickets in the match to take his tally to 390, and Irfan Pathan, who ended up with six, were the bowling stars for India. The biggest star of the visitors` 20th away Test win, though, was Virender Sehwag, who struck the first triple century by an Indian in Tests. The Delhi dasher was named the Man of the Match for his epoch-making innings. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6dcefesi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6dgfdfsi_medium.jpg", "
Sourav Ganguly, who missed the match because of injury, praised the bowlers. `The bowlers - Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Zaheer - all bowled with confidence. Finishing the match on a flat wicket in just over four days is an achievement.`
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The normally stolid Indian coach John Wright was jubilant. `Yes, there have been some fine achievements in the past two years but this one is special. It has a bit of history to it and the boys wanted it,` he said. `It was magic. We have the best fans in the world. I hope they are happy (with the win),` he added.
In Pic: Inzamam-ul Haq watches Indian cricketers celebrate the win. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6eabgbsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6edhbhsi_medium.jpg", "
`Rahul Dravid and his boys have fulfilled the unfulfilled dreams of all those players who have gone to Pakistan and come back without a victory. From up in the heavens, Lala Amarnath and Vinoo Mankad will be smiling for they were the Manager and Captain of the first Indian team to Pakistan in 1954-55,` an emotional Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6edhbhsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6ehgcbsi_medium.jpg", "
Gavaskar also praised Rahul Dravid`s captaincy. `He never missed a trick and his handling of the team, the planning, the bowling changes, the field placements, was spot on. He never eased the pressure on the opposition and was unafraid to try something different and was innovative in a way that many thought was not possible, because as a batsman he sticks to the basics and hardly ever plays an ugly shot,` he observed in his column.
In Pic: Tendulkar, Kumble, Laxman and Sehwag join the celebrations. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6ehgcbsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6fcebdsi_medium.jpg", "
Dravid, for his part, promised that there will no let-off for Pakistan despite the euphoria of the historic win. `Of course we will be celebrating the win. But our feet will be firmly on the ground. The series is not over and Pakistan is a great side. We would be continuing in the same vein,` Dravid said. The Indian skipper also praised his bowlers. `Most of the bowlers are young and inexperienced but they are with big hearts and great characters. Anil Kumble is there to lend experience. Part-timers also did a pretty job,` he observed.
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His counterpart Inzamam-ul-Haq minced no words while criticising his team. `We were irresponsible. We lost because the players showed no sense of discipline and responsiblity,` he said, adding, `We did not show responsiblity in the second innings. We could have scored 400 or 450 runs on this track but we failed. This was the track on which batsmen could have lasted for two days but that was not to be.`
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Dravid also dismissed suggestions that there was disquiet in the Indian team after the controversial first-innings declaration. `We are happy to win the Test match. We have great spirit in the team. There is nobody in the team who is upset. The team is pulling in the right direction as we have always been,` he said.
In Pic: Three of India`s heroes Tendulkar, Kumble and Sehwag celebrate. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6gjjagsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6hecgdsi_medium.jpg", "
Among the men hailing the Indian win was Ajit Wadekar, who led India to famous wins in the West Indies and England in the early seventies. `According to me this is the `best-ever` team to have gone abroad and the key to their success is that they are playing as one unit,` he said, while lavishing his praise on Rahul Dravid and his team. Tough to disagree with him.
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India kept their tryst with history at Multan on Thursday. In the land where Alexander the Great sustained a fatal injury in his quest for victory, Rahul Dravid and his men emerged victorious with minimum of fuss. India needed just twelve deliveries on the fifth day to wrap up the match. Youhana, who faced all of them, added five runs to his overnight score, moving from 107 to 112 before the curtain came down on his and his team`s innings. Pakistan were dismissed for 216, leaving India victors by an innings and 52 runs.
In Pic:Indian cricketers celebrate their historic win as Youhana looks on. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6cjecisi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6dcefesi_big.jpg", "
Anil Kumble, who claimed eight wickets in the match to take his tally to 390, and Irfan Pathan, who ended up with six, were the bowling stars for India. The biggest star of the visitors` 20th away Test win, though, was Virender Sehwag, who struck the first triple century by an Indian in Tests. The Delhi dasher was named the Man of the Match for his epoch-making innings. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6dcefesi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6dgfdfsi_big.jpg", "
Sourav Ganguly, who missed the match because of injury, praised the bowlers. `The bowlers - Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Zaheer - all bowled with confidence. Finishing the match on a flat wicket in just over four days is an achievement.`
In Pic: Ganguly looks on as his team-mates celebrate. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6dgfdfsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6eabgbsi_big.jpg", "
The normally stolid Indian coach John Wright was jubilant. `Yes, there have been some fine achievements in the past two years but this one is special. It has a bit of history to it and the boys wanted it,` he said. `It was magic. We have the best fans in the world. I hope they are happy (with the win),` he added.
In Pic: Inzamam-ul Haq watches Indian cricketers celebrate the win. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6eabgbsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6edhbhsi_big.jpg", "
`Rahul Dravid and his boys have fulfilled the unfulfilled dreams of all those players who have gone to Pakistan and come back without a victory. From up in the heavens, Lala Amarnath and Vinoo Mankad will be smiling for they were the Manager and Captain of the first Indian team to Pakistan in 1954-55,` an emotional Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6edhbhsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6ehgcbsi_big.jpg", "
Gavaskar also praised Rahul Dravid`s captaincy. `He never missed a trick and his handling of the team, the planning, the bowling changes, the field placements, was spot on. He never eased the pressure on the opposition and was unafraid to try something different and was innovative in a way that many thought was not possible, because as a batsman he sticks to the basics and hardly ever plays an ugly shot,` he observed in his column.
In Pic: Tendulkar, Kumble, Laxman and Sehwag join the celebrations. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6ehgcbsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6fcebdsi_big.jpg", "
Dravid, for his part, promised that there will no let-off for Pakistan despite the euphoria of the historic win. `Of course we will be celebrating the win. But our feet will be firmly on the ground. The series is not over and Pakistan is a great side. We would be continuing in the same vein,` Dravid said. The Indian skipper also praised his bowlers. `Most of the bowlers are young and inexperienced but they are with big hearts and great characters. Anil Kumble is there to lend experience. Part-timers also did a pretty job,` he observed.
In Pic: Sehwag and Laxman flash the Victory sign. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6fcebdsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6fgbfasi_big.jpg", "
His counterpart Inzamam-ul-Haq minced no words while criticising his team. `We were irresponsible. We lost because the players showed no sense of discipline and responsiblity,` he said, adding, `We did not show responsiblity in the second innings. We could have scored 400 or 450 runs on this track but we failed. This was the track on which batsmen could have lasted for two days but that was not to be.`
In Pic: Tendulkar is congratulated by Inzamam. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6fgbfasi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6gjjagsi_big.jpg", "
Dravid also dismissed suggestions that there was disquiet in the Indian team after the controversial first-innings declaration. `We are happy to win the Test match. We have great spirit in the team. There is nobody in the team who is upset. The team is pulling in the right direction as we have always been,` he said.
In Pic: Three of India`s heroes Tendulkar, Kumble and Sehwag celebrate. Image: AFP", "medium", "", "Pak Tour: Ind vs Pak, First Test - Apr 01", "http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6gjjagsi.jpg"],["http://static.sify.com/cms/image/jdqwu6hecgdsi_big.jpg", "
Among the men hailing the Indian win was Ajit Wadekar, who led India to famous wins in the West Indies and England in the early seventies. `According to me this is the `best-ever` team to have gone abroad and the key to their success is that they are playing as one unit,` he said, while lavishing his praise on Rahul Dravid and his team. Tough to disagree with him.
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