Harare: Disappointed after the performance of the Indian team in the first two matches, coach John Wright on Monday hinted at a reshuffle in the batting order in its crucial World Cup game against Zimbabwe.
"We are certainly looking at options. We have worked hard for this competition and we need to get starts," said Wright as India prepares to take on Zimbabwe in a Pool 'A' match on Wednesday. It implied captain Saurav Ganguly, in all probability, will come down the order and vacate the opener's slot to Virender Sehwag. A storm has been brewing over the last few days over Ganguly's reluctance to vacate the opener's slot given his brilliant past record. But his failure in the first two games of the competition might have forced him to change his mind.
Wright did not feel it right to comment on Ganguly's failure or whether the Indian captain could be suffering from lack of self-belief over his consistent failures. "It is not right to comment on individuals. But we do have private conversations." Wright offered a leaf out of Sir Donald Bradman's book on how batsmen failing for longer periods should approach their batting. "You only have to go to Sir Donald Bradman who had two beliefs - one was he believed he was good enough never to get out and the second was he believed every ball was his first ball."
Wright said he was baffled with his batsmen's failure and particularly at the wrong options the batsmen were taking. "The manner of repetition of batting was disappointing. Two months before if you had asked any cricket follower he would have praised our batting. "Now we have nine performances where we haven't been able to finish the 50 overs. It has taken a hammering." The Indian coach said his batsmen were too aggressive for their own good. "At critical times we have been too aggressive and taking the wrong options. Our batting plan is simple. And that is to keep wickets in hand.
"What we require is to go into the 32nd and 33rd over with six to seven wickets in hand. That's the responsibility of the players to keep upfront. And that's what they are trying to achieve." Wright was mindful he doesn't look to be doing a good job when his wards are failing so consistently. "As a coach you are accountable. It's your job to let the team do well. When they cross the white line, then you think this performance would come. "I try to communicate meaningful information. How they accept it is their choice. There are times when you wonder (if it is being understood). It's all about players being aware of all sorts of things.
I for my part try to encourage self awareness." Stating that the players were aware about their dismal show, Wright said the team was "under-performing" for long. "I think they are aware of it. We have been under-performing for too long. They are disappointed and hope to turn the corner."