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Thatscricket - News - 'Drug charge did not affect team morale'

Published: Monday, July 9, 2001, 21:02 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Notwithstanding India's failure to register an overseas victory in the two-Test series with Zimbabwe and the team faltering in the final of the tri-series after an impeccable record in the league matches, the tour to Zimbabwe was 'not a unsuccessful one', the manager of the Indian cricket team to Zimbabwe, Chetan Chauhan said on Monday.Speaking to reporters at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport here after the team arrived in the early hours of Monday, Chauhan said,"We had only one off day in the One-day triangular final and in the Tests also it was the fourth morning of the second Test which proved to be our downfall, otherwise we had dominated the Test up to that point."The Indian captain Saurav Ganguly declined to speak to reporters leaving Chauhan to handle the press corps. Chauhan had a word of praise for the man of the Test series Shiv Sunder Das as well as Ashish Nehra and Reetinder Singh Sodhi, saying that these youngsters all proved themselves very well.On the decision to field first in the final, Chauhan said that we had become accustomed to chasing and we did not want to change the winning habit. However, he said, "We have to give credit to the West Indies batsmen also for playing so well".On whether the drug charges affected the morale of the team, Chauhan said, "The three boys who were named by former coach Anshuman Gaekwad were disheartened in the beginning but after we told them about the denial by Gaekwad they were okay. It did not affect the morale of the team."UNI

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