WC 2003 - It would have been different had we batted first

Published: Monday, March 24, 2003, 5:15 [IST]
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Chennai: Giving full credit to the Indian cricketers, terming them as the youngest side that the country had fielded ever in a summit of the game, A C Muthaiah, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, 'we lacked strategy in the final'. "We have batted and bowled well in this World Cup. We have demonstrated brilliantly in our chase in the final too, through Sehwag and Dravid but we buckled only under pressure, lacking strategy, the vital factor in such situations, which the Australians showed," he said. He said that in all counts coming to the title clash itself with more of young stars than experienced ones, is a tremendous achievement under the present context of competitive world cricket. Now the team has proved that they have the required strength and slight improvement in scheming our strategies will result in India coming on top as the World beaters, he said. As for finals, Muthaiah said that luck was with us but the few players like Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra were seem to be nervous while bowling. Making 234 against Australia under so much pressure showed that it would have been a different story if we had batted first and put the pressure on the rivals. "I would attribute the great amount of hype given to the Indian team had made our boys emotional and nervous," he added.He said that the present members of the squad have clicked like a well-oiled machine and they should be encouraged to keep up the tempo for better laurels. PTI

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