WC 2003 - Woolmers advice to Kenya: Treat Sachin as friend
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2003, 1:29 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Durban: Former South African coach Bob Woolmer has told the Kenyans to treat Sachin Tendulkar and his Indian teammates as friends not enemies if they are to win Thursday's World Cup semi-final."The one thing you can't do is name-drop and get hung up about bowling to Sachin Tendulkar," said Woolmer, who spent part of his 18 months as International Cricket Council high performance director working with the team."The best way to deal with it is to pretend you are playing against your mates.""Indians are favourites and they should win, but that is not to say Kenya do not have it in them to beat them."They've done it before, after all."The Kenyans defeated India at Gwalior in 1998 and at Port Elizabeth in 2001 while, in the World Cup, they have seen off Test nations Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe."No one would have expected them to have come as far as they have - myself included," Woolmer told the BBC."But given the way they have played, they have richly deserved it."The victory against Zimbabwe in the Super Six stage was crucial to their confidence and to the way others perceive this achievement."They were given a head start by New Zealand forfeiting points against them in the group stage, but ultimately they qualified for the semi-final on merit.""All it will take is for Kenya to score enough runs during the day, nip out two early wickets and then gradually wear them down under the lights."