'Our batting needs to be sorted out, lot needs to be done'

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2003, 4:08 [IST]
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Paarl (South Africa): Not happy with India's unconvincing win against Holland, skipper Saurav Ganguly on Wednesday admitted his team's batting needed to be "sorted out" ahead of bigger games in the World Cup.

India defeated Holland by 68-runs in its tournament opener but the batsmen's performance left much to be desired. India was bowled out inside its quota of overs, mustering just 204 runs. "The batting needs to be sorted out. This was the first game. A lot needs to be done," Ganguly said. Ganguly, who made a scratchy eight runs from 32 balls before being caught behind, evaded a direct reply to his own batting form.

"It was a slow pitch and a bit damp. They bowled a good line and length and bowled wicket to wicket." Ganguly said the South African pitches had become slower than their previous trip in 2001. "We are surprised by the slowness of the pitches on which we played the first three matches (including the warm-up games). When we toured South Africa in October 2001, the strips had more bounce and pace," he said.

Leg spinner Anil Kumble, who took four wickets for 32 runs, said he was happy to have bowled a good spell after a long time. "I didn't get much opportunity to bowl in New Zealand. So Wednesday's spell helped me to get back into my rhythm," he said. Man-of-the match Tim de Leede, who took four wickets including the prize scalps of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, said batting in the morning was more difficult than it appeared. Asked whether he enjoyed Wednesday's match, the 35-year-old former captain of Holland said he will enjoy every moment of the World Cup.

"We are here to enjoy. We will enjoy every match," he said. Holland skipper Roland Lefebvre said he was very pleased by his team's bowling which restricted the famed Indian batting line-up to 204. "If we were to have a superb day in the World Cup, then this was it," the 40-year- old said. We were hoping to survive the first 15 overs without losing too many wickets. But once we lost wickets regularly, Holland was 7-54 in the 22nd over, it turned out to be crucial."

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