Das in reckoning for One-day opening slot: Wright

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 0:42 [IST]
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New Delhi: The Indian team is yet to decide on the opening pair for the five-match One-day series and Test opener Shiv Sunder Das was very much in the reckoning.

Coach John Wright on Tuesday said Das was one of the strong candidates for the opening slot but a decision was yet to be taken. "The first 15 overs are very important. So we will discuss and decide," he said. Das, who replaced an injured Virender Sehwag in the One-day squad, has played only three Limited Overs Internationals and batted in the middle order totalling just nine runs. Wright said India's chances of beating the visitors in the five-match One-day series, the first match of which will be played in Faridabad on Thursday, were bright. "We have won the Test series 2-0 and our confidence is high," he said but added it would be a keenly fought series. "The Zimbabweans are a very good fielding side and are also a better One-day team. But we are confident of winning the series," Wright said. The coach said the playing 11 was also yet to be decided. "The team will miss the services of Sachin Tendulkar, Javagal Srinath and Virender Sehwag in the series. Sachin and Sehwag are one of the best opening pairs in the world. Srinath will be missed during the first 15 overs and in the slog ones," he said. However, Wright said the absence of the trio provided a good opportunity to the newcomers to prove their mettle.
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