We are not overconfident: Sachin

Published: Monday, November 1, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Gwalior: Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar today said the team was ''confident but not overconfident'' after its 175-run victory against New Zealand in the last match and would go all out to win the third tie of the five-match series against the visitors here tomorrow.

''At the moment we are focussed on how to win the match,'' Tendulkar told reporters after the Indian team had a net session at the Roop Singh Stadium here. Asked about the wicket, he said, ''it looks nice and good to bat on.'' Tendulkar said the toss would be ''slightly important'' as chasing a big total always puts pressure on the batsmen. ''The bowlers will have a bit of advantage in the early hours.

If it is a batting track, that does not mean it has nothing for the bowlers,'' he said. About Tamil Nadu seamer T Kumaran who has broken into the Indian squad for the rest of the series, Sachin said, ''it is too early to comment on him. I observed him at the nets today, and need more time to comment.'' ''It is good to have some youngsters in the side. They are talented guys,'' Sachin said. About the rivals, the Indian skipper said, ''New Zealand have bowled well. But it has been a pressure game.

They are a competitive side.'' Allaying fears about the fitness of Ajay Jadeja, who had been down with cold and a sore throat, he said, ''there is nothing to worry on that account.'' Questioned about the batsmen-friendly tracks seen in the series so far, Indian coach Kapil Dev said, ''it is for the cricketing administration to decide. We will play on whatever tracks we get.'' On being asked that Indian batsmen had outshone the bowlers in the matches played so far, Kapil said, ''the bowlers are working hard and coming together.'' Sachin said the final eleven will be picked up tomorrow morning after consultations with the selectors.


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