Rahul Dravid toasted another "special moment" in his career after guiding his side to a historic triumph over Pakistan in the first Test here yesterday.
The innings victory was the first Test match win for India on Pakistan soil and Dravid, captaining the team while Sourav Ganguly recovers from a back injury, was rightly revelling in the moment: "This has been great for us," he said. "These are special moments that I would cherish when I am old and grey, and we just hope to keep winning."
India declared on 675 for 5 in their first innings, due largely to Virender Sehwag's 309. The left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan then took four wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 407 in their first innings on Wednesday, before Anil Kumble took 6 for 71 as the home side closed the fourth day on 207 for 9 in their second innings.
Pakistan were put out of their misery yesterday morning when Yousuf Youhana was caught by Dravid for 112 off Pathan after nine runs had been added to the score.
"The way the players have carried themselves on the field is fantastic," Dravid said.He was also quick to play down reports of a dressing-room argument when he ordered the declaration on day two. "There is no rift whatsoever," he said. "The whole issue was discussed and I think such matters really should remain within the dressing-room."
The second of three Tests starts in Lahore on 5 April.
Final day of five; India won toss
INDIA - First Innings 675-5 dec (V Sehwag 309, S R Tendulkar 194no, Yuvraj Singh 59).
PAKISTAN - First Innings 407 (Yasir Hameed 91, Inzamam-ul-Haq 77; I K Pathan 4-100).
PAKISTAN - Second Innings
Imran Farhat c Patel b Kumble 24
Taufeeq Umar lbw b Kumble 9
Yasir Hameed c Sehwag b Yuvraj Singh 23
Inzamam-ul-Haq run out 0
Yousuf Youhana c Dravid b Pathan 112
Abdul Razzaq c Chopra b Kumble 22
Moin Khan lbw b Pathan 5
Mohammad Sami lbw b Kumble 0
Saqlain Mushtaq lbw b Kumble 0
Shoaib Akhtar c Laxman b Kumble 4
Shabbir Ahmed not out 0
Extras (b4 lb5 w1 nb2 pens 5) 17
Total (77 overs) 216
Fall: 1-33 2-44 3-44 4-75 5-106 6-113 7-124 8-136 9-206.
Bowling: Pathan 21-12-26-2; Balaji 11-3-48-0; Kumble 30-10-72-6; Sehwag 3-0-8-0; Yuvraj Singh 6-1-25-1; Tendulkar 6-2-23-0.
Umpires: D R Shepherd (Eng) and S J A Taufel (Aus).Reuse content