It is a mental battle from here on: Purnima

Published: Monday, November 13, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Are you satisfied with the three preparatory camps that we have had so far?

I suppose in the second camp the strength could have been cut down to 20 probables and in doing so we could have got down to concentrating on our strategies, not to forget the various combinations that could have been worked out.

How about the balance of the team?

It's perfectly balanced. It is loaded with experienced batsmen, a potent spin attack and a blend of youth. In fact, we bat right up to number 10, can't ask for more?

Will fitness count against you all?

Not at all! First of all we are very sharp on the field and secondly cricket is a game of skill and out there if we play wisely we should be home and dry, I don't see how not being super athletes will hinder us in our endeavour.

The few departments where we have had problems like running between the wickets and backing up, we have worked on it. In fact, we have worked a lot along side the boys, which should help us to a great extent.

Is reaching the semi-final a certainty?

We would like to take one match at a time. We cannot discount South Africa or anybody else. Ideally we would have preferred to play two more international series before the World Cup got underway. Then we could have got to know the opposition better. Anyhow we were not aware of the opponents' strength in 1995 when we won the Centenary series, so it, after all, is not going to be a major factor.

It is no secret that you might have been handed a raw deal with regards to captaincy?

Yes, I felt it was not a fair deal. I did expect captaincy. Yes, you can say I was disappointed. I do not know what really was on their minds but I have accepted their decision and want to contribute as a player.

Are you satisfied with the technical assistance given to the squad for their preparations?

For the first time we had a physiotherapist. We also had Sukwinder Bawa assisting us and he was of great help. Sudha Shah, of course, was always around and along with being a coach she is a great friend also.

Are you content with the approach and preparation that has been undertaken?

We have done everything but it now is a mental battle from here on in. It depends on how the players handle pressure. If we win the World Cup it will change a lot of things and the players will have to do it.

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