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Published: Sunday, August 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: India's chief selector Chandu Borde on Friday lamented the tame surrender by the national team in the tri-series in Sri Lanka, saying it had not been expected.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"I am extremely disappointed," Borde said after Saurav Ganguly's men crashed to their third consecutive defeat on Thursday in the tournament also featuring New Zealand."This is not what we expected from our team," Borde told AFP. "I think we have selected the best possible combination, but the players are just not delivering. There is not much we can do about that."The Indians are struggling to find their bearings since losing the final of a triangular tournament in Zimbabwe earlier this month.In Zimbabwe, India won all the league matches, but lost the final to the West Indies after batting star Sachin Tendulkar failed to score. With Tendulkar now absent because of a hairline fracture on his right toe, the Indians face an uphill task to win their three remaining matches in Sri Lanka and qualify for the final.Borde conceded Tendulkar's absence was a setback to the team, but said there were no excuses for the defeats so far. "Tendulkar is a great player and the team is bound to miss him, but we don't expect the team to surrender like this," Borde said.The chief selector was unsure if Tendulkar would be picked for the ensuing Test series against Sri Lanka, which starts on August 14. The Test squad will be selected on August 2, eight days before Tendulkar undergoes a bone scan to determine if the injury has healed."We have not yet decided what to do about his selection," Borde said. "But we just hope he'll be fit to play the Tests." Former Board president Raj Singh Dungarpur was equally critical of India's performance and blamed Ganguly for the poor showing. "I think Ganguly is making too many mistakes as captain which is affecting the team's performance," he said.AFP

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