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It’s a tribute to his skills, says Rahul Dravid

On Monday afternoon, some of the Team India players — except Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who briefly spoke on Sunday evening — and members of the support staff wished former captain Sourav Ganguly in the lead-up to his 100th Test.

Here goes (alphabetically):

Chetan Chauhan (manager): It’s going to be a big achievement and I’d like to congratulate him on behalf of the team… Sourav has made a terrific comeback and has been performing in every series… He has a big heart and is always determined… I’m sure he’ll produce a memorable innings at the MCG.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: It’s such a huge achievement… Sourav has given so much to Indian cricket that it will be befitting if he gets a hundred in his 100th Test.

Rahul Dravid: It’s a great feeling when a teammate is about to achieve something… It’s special and Sourav deserves it… It’s a tribute to his skills… He has worked very hard… Getting to 100 Tests is a reflection not only of your ability, but physical strength and mental toughness… It takes a lot out of you… The 100th Test is just another Test, but it’s also a milestone and allows you to sit back and reflect on your achievements. Over the years, Sourav has done a few great things… I wish him all the best.

Wasim Jaffer: My good wishes for Sourav… Very few Indians have played 100 Tests and, so, it’s going to be a big achievement.

Dinesh Karthik: I wish Dada all the very best… I hope he gets a hundred and we win the Test… Just won’t get better than that.

Venkatesh Prasad (bowling coach): Sourav has made a tremendous contribution and I wish him the very best… Many more Test matches and many more runs.

Lalchand Rajput (cricket manager): We’re all very happy for Sourav… Hope he has a merry Christmas and then gives us a gift in his 100th Test!

Pankaj Singh: We wish Sourav well and wish he scores a hundred.

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