~~In One-day cricket there is no scope for game plans~~

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2002, 20:15 [IST]
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Vadodara: Having won the One-dayer at Ahemdabad in a convincing manner despite being made to chase in the excess of 300 runs, a confident Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly said on Sunday the team will just play according to the situation and not formulate any game plan in advance for the fifth One-dayer on Monday.

"In One-day cricket there is no scope for game plans. Trends change very frequently. All we have to do is play well and hope for the best," Ganguly told reporters ahead of the fifth One-day match of the series that stands level at 2-2. Hopeful of winning the remaining matches, Ganguly said the team was now more confident chasing totals. "In this series the team chasing the total has won. It's mainly because both teams have better batting line-ups. "Also wickets in the country are not bowler friendly. This wicket is also hard and bouncy. I don't think it will be much different on Monday," he said. West Indies skipper concurred with Ganguly saying any total seemed "gettable" on Indian pitches. "Indian wickets, including the one here for Monday's match, have always been batsman- friendly. There is not much scope for bowlers from either of our teams. "In Indian conditions any total is gettable," Hooper said. But at the same time, Hooper said the outcome of the toss would not bother his side. "It (winning the toss) will not make much difference our affect our chances. We just need to go out and play well." While admitting that personally he had enjoyed the matches of the series here, Hooper said it was not the kind of preparation that was required for the World Cup starting in South Africa early next year. "Though it is good to see most of our batsmen among runs here, the conditions here are totally different from what you have in South Africa. I won't call it the right preparation for the World Cup where we are going to face different conditions altogether," the Gyuanese said. Hooper, who is to undergo a knee operation and miss the side's upcoming tour of Bangladesh, said he was keen to be fit in time for the World Cup. There were injury scares to other players as well though their availability would be confirmed only Monday morning, Hooper said. "Ryan Hinds has injured the knee ligament. Marlon Samuels is also not completely fit after he was injured while trying to take a single and getting run out in the process." Too many matches were also beginning to take a toll on Ganguly. The Indian skipper, who has been playing continuously for the last couple of years, admitted he wanted a break. "I would love to take a break. It has been a very long season for me. But Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan are not here already. So if I go it would be a burden on the rest of the players." "I don't know. Let's see. May be after this match I will be able to take a break." PTI

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