The 25,000-seater Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, is the largest and most picturesque ground in the West Indies. It is also friendly to visiting Indian sides—all three of our overseas victories against the Windies have now come at this venue. So there was a faint sense of deja vu last week when Saurav Ganguly kissed the ground in delight and a handful of flag-waving supporters rushed in after India's 37-run first Test win on Caribbean soil in 26 years. But the victory was also a redeeming moment for the skipper—under fire of late for "indifferent" captaincy and "flawed" team selection despite a welcome return to form.
In many ways, the Port-of-Spain victory is a vindication of Ganguly's captaincy skills. Forget Sachin Tendulkar's joining Sir Don Bradman with his 29th century, or the silky V.V.S. Laxman's sizzling form run, or inspired spells by Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra which helped India grab victory. The win has a bigger import for Ganguly: he is now India's second most successful Test captain with 10 wins after Mohammed Azharuddin (14 wins). "So far it's been my sweetest moment as skipper," said Ganguly.