WC 2003 - I am proud of the way Saurav has handled the team

Published: Friday, March 14, 2003, 0:41 [IST]
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Mumbai: Complimenting the Indian cricket team on its performance in the World Cup, former selection committee chairman Chandu Borde on Thursday said, "If the Indians keep up the tempo, they will definitely win the Cup"."There is no doubt about the talent of the team and I am happy that we (selectors) persisted with them," Borde, who was instrumental in picking the present Indian team and had lots of faith in skipper Saurav Ganguly's ability as a leader during his tenure, told from Pune over phone."I had full faith in Saurav's ability as a leader. Even when the team went through a bad patch in New Zealand, I had insisted that Saurav should continue as the captain of the team as he along with vice-captain Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tenudlkar commanded respect from the youngsters," Borde said."I am very proud the way Saurav has handled the team, especially after losing badly to the Aussies in the league stages. However, I would like to add that they should not be complacent against their semi-final opponents Kenya, which has taken giant strides in this World Cup," Borde said. "After doing all the hard work and peaking at the right time the Indians should not take things for granted as they still have lot of work to be done. The Kenyans, coached by former dashing Indian stroke maker, Sandeep Patil and the well balanced Aussies, who are expected to make it to the final,can prove to be a handful," cautioned the former all-rounder."The Indians should also beat New Zealand in its last Super Sixes tie on Friday with a wide margin so that its confidence level is high for the last two ties," Borde said.PTI

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