England tour of India - Cricket: Ive plans worked out for ODI series: Gough

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: England's pace spearhead Darren Gough on Saturday issued an ominous warning to Indian batsmen, saying he had his plans worked out for the six-match One-day International series beginning on January 19. "I have my plans in place and will be singling out a batsman. It does not have to be the best player. It could be six different players in six matches," Gough told reporters after a strenuous practice session at the CCFC ground.The 31-year-old speed merchant said playing in India was the biggest challenge of his career and he was looking forward to the Limited Overs series after missing the Tests. "I am fresh after the break and enjoying my cricket. Playing in India is the biggest challenge of my career. For that matter, it is the biggest challenge for any cricketer to beat India at home." Gough, who was selected for the England Cricketer-of-the-Year Award for 2001, said India was a formidable side at home and the England team had to play very well to beat them. "But we have a good team and should be able to fight well." Asked whether England could have performed better in the Test series against India if he and Andrew Caddick had been part of the team, Gough said, "I have no idea. But there were not many experienced bowlers for the Test series." On whether the performance of new pace bowlers Andrew Flintoff and Matthew Hoggard had put additional pressure on him, Gough said, "For a long time, Caddick and myself had been carrying the load of the English bowling attack. It is good that young guys are coming up. I enjoy challenges."Gough, who has been the leading wicket taker for England in the shorter version of the game, however, refused to divulge his plans. "I don't want to say anything. I will just concentrate on my bowling."To a question whether he had any special plans for Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, the Yorkshire paceman said, "Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world. I will love to bowl to him."Gough, who had captured the prized scalp of Brian Lara five times during the West Indies tour of 2000, said bowling to such great batsmen charged him up and felt that the sight of Tendulkar could have a similar effect on him. When queried about the best way to get Tendulkar's wicket, Gough said in a lighter vein "If you have anybody who knows that, ask him to give me a ring."On where to draw the line on aggressive behaviour on the field, Gough said "It was up to the umpires to draw the line on aggressive behaviour. They will be guided by the rules of the game." PTI

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