WC 2003 - India lost to a better side, says Raman

Published: Friday, February 28, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Overall, the Indian cricketers have done exceedingly well and people should not be disheartened that we lost the world cup final to Australia, a better side and a tournament favourite, said W V Raman, a former Indian cricketer on Sunday. Explaining in detail in support of captain Saurav Ganguly's decision to put the Aussies in after winning the toss, Raman said that three factors have to be taken into account in this regard. Considering the overnight rain, moisture on the pitch and the fact that all our three seamers have performed exceptionally well in the earlier matches, Ganguly had taken the right decision but on Sunday was not our day as for these bowlers were concerned, he said. People should not be disheartened about our loss as we have lost to a better side in the world, especially after our performance in New Zealand in early January, after which many even wrote us off, Raman opined.Raman gave credit to each player for doing his job and Ashish Nehra in particular, who was nursing an injury and commended the performance of Sachin, Srinath, Dravid and Saurav, who had backed the youngsters to the hilt. He hoped that the purple patch stuck by Saurav and coach John Wright in motivating the players to bring out their best to their potential would continue. Considering the showing of this young team, he said he was sure that no one in the world would have the cheek to dispense Indian team lightly. PTI

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