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): Its going to be a big achievement and Id 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… Im sure hell produce a memorable innings at the MCG.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Its 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: Its a great feeling when a teammate is about to achieve something… Its special and Sourav deserves it… Its 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 its 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, its 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 wont 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): Were 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.