Aspiration, hope are eternal life lines

Written by: D Ram Raj
Published: Friday, January 5, 2001, 15:15 [IST]
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Bangalore: Aspirations and hopes can be eternal life lines, especially if one is an ardent cricket buff in a cricket-passionate country like India. The dawn of 2001 will also lead to the dawn of new desires in every cricket crazy soul.

Putting behind, the "year of shame" when match-fixing episodes hit the stands at disquieting regularities, the cricket fans of the country would look forward to moments that they can savour from on field activities.

Though the fans would like to follow every move of their stars - on field and off field, they would definitely not like to harp or let the mind linger on darker incidents. The year 2001 holds a busy brief for the Indian cricketers and spoke exclusively to a few stars on what they as cricketers expected from 2001 onwards.

Rahul Dravid: It is going to be an exciting year as we would be playing a lot of Test cricket. It will be fantastic as we will be playing so many Tests after a long time and that's really positive. It is going to be a great challenge as we have to stay fit and focussed for a long duration.

It is going to be tough and I'm sure it is not going to be easy days. Playing Australia in India is also not going to be an easy task as they have some of the best performers in the world. The away tours are also going to be challenging as touring away has not been easy for us. If we play to our potential, we can really do well as we have a good bunch of youngsters.

Javagal Srinath: In short, I would like to say that our first objective should be towards preparing for winning the World Cup (the next World Cup is scheduled to be held at South Africa in 2003). Our second objective should be towards winning series and tournaments abroad. I'm leaving for Mysore soon and would talk at length about my aspirations on my return.

Anil Kumble: Personally, I look forward to bowling again and getting back to international cricket. We have tough series against Australia and this could be the testing ground for the good bunch of youngsters that we have. We can really find out which of these youngsters can deliver with their performance against Australia.

We also have tours against Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka. All of them are going to be tough. The series against England will also be very different. They have beaten Pakistan in Pakistan and I'm sure they are going to come very well equipped.

Thank you Rahul, Sri and Anil for sharing your views with Wishing you and the Indian cricket team all the best in the coming season.

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