Series still wide open, says Sachin

Published: Saturday, November 13, 1999, 22:30 [IST]
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Guwahati: Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar today made it clear that he would give his 100 per cent to win tomorrow's crucial fourth one-day tie against the Kiwis to wrap up the series in style. "The series is still wide open and the lead is not comfortable enough for us to relax.

Tomorrow's match is too important for us. We would like to put extra effort in this match to wrap up the series," he said while talking to newspersons today. When asked about the absence of the entire strike bowling attack and the presence of new faces he said, "Regarding new boys we have to get on at some stage.

Mohanty and Agarkar did not play earlier. But they played well in Gwalior. I think this is the right time for them to exploit, as they are a talented bunch. They have the potential. I just feel it is the matter of taking the right step forward." When asked whether rookie T Kumaran would be inducted into the team he said, "we will meet with the selectors in the evening and decide about the composition of the team.

We will wait and see till the morning and then decide." Regarding a question whether he was taking this series as a preparation for the much tougher forthcoming series in Australia he said that for him each series was different. About Jadeja's fitness, Sachin said, "He is fine and it is not a major problem. Every player has some small injuries, but they are not alarming and we have to discuss with the physical trainer."

"We are here to win. If the wicket is dry then we may like to bat first," Sachin said but Kapil added that the decision would depend on the weather. On the other hand the Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming made no hesitation to admit that he was missing the service of Dion Nash, Alott and Mcmillan.

"They would have been big assets in this condition. But at the moment our biggest problem is the Indian top order batsmen specially the top three who are in tremendous form." Fleming also admitted that his team was tired by the end of tour now but added that he would give everything to win the match and level the series tomorrow.


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