Kapil, Sachin confident of good show

Published: Friday, October 22, 1999, 3:15 [IST]
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Kanpur: Disappointed with the performance in the Mohali test, coach Kapil Dev and skipper Sachin Tendulkar today asserted that the Indian team will play a positive game in the second test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow to earn result in a bid to go one up in the three-test cricket series.

Talking to newspersons after a gruelling practice session here today, Kapil and Sachin insisted ''what ever type of track we get, our approach will be to go for the kill. We want to win irrespective of the nature of wicket.'' ''Both teams must play to get results,'' the world-record holder for most test wickets hoped, adding that getting outcomes was the only way to bring people back to watch test matches.

'' Sachin, who was disappointed after New Zealand held on to force a draw in the first cricket test, said ''one of the positive aspects of the Mohali test was that the boys did not give up. This quality will help the team to take an edge over the kiwis, who miserably lost to Ranji champions Karnataka in the three-day match at Bangalore," he added. About the lethal spin attack led by leg-spinner Anil Kumble and Sunil Joshi, Sachin said ''the Karnataka bowling attack was basically the Indian bowling line-up.

'' Sachin, who seemed happy with the green park track, said ''we will try to score a big total to give a chance to spinners to exploit the track.'' He said ''players should not worry about pressure and should rather strive to give their best shots.'' On his fitness, Sachin said ''I am happy with my condition.'' About the strategy for tomorrow's second test match, he echoed Kapil's words - ''enjoy cricket to perform better.''

''My advice to players is to play from the heart, when they are in the field, they have to focus on the game,'' said Kapil for whom this is the second test as Indian coach. He said, ''all I can say is that I am with them to ease their tension, not to create it. I am trying to guide them. However, they are so good and confident that I do not really know how much of my assistance do they need.'' Kapil hoped that the boys will play to their potential and translate it into a winning formula.

''They have a lot of hard work to do in the next five days. They will have to start at zero each morning and get 100 per cent result by the end of the day.''


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