Team is more important than individuals, says Wright

Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2003, 23:55 [IST]
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Bangalore: Ahead of the battle against New Zealand and Australia at home followed by the tour down under, India's cricket Coach John Wright said Sourav Ganguly and his men must fight hard and called on the players to put the interest of the team first and not themselves above the side. "Fans and people of India deserve a team that fights. Winning and losing is part of the game. It's how you win and how you lose. Team must always play as a team and fight," Wright said at a function. India is set to play two Tests at home against the Kiwis followed by a tri-nation series also involving Australia and then tour Australia, where the team would play four Tests and also participate in a triangular One-day tournament. "We are trying to establish that.

First, everyone understands that the team is the important thing. Team is more important than you. Team comes first. You yourself is not important," he said after releasing a CD titled "Stretching for a splendid spine" by noted Yoga exponent Dr S N Omkar who had conducted daily yoga classes to Indian cricket team probables during the recent camp here. Wright, who was responding to a question posed by a member of the audience, noted that the members of the Indian team come from different parts, backgrounds and culture and he, Physio Andrew Leipus and Trainer Gregory Allen King come from overseas but said they, as a team, represent India and so have a common goal, which is the most important thing.

"Our role and that of players, particularly senior players, is to make everyone understand and accept that because of the team, they are representing the country. Team is more important than individuals", he said. "It does not matter where you come from... Your background... What to eat... What your religion is. You should put your efforts totally into the team effort", stressed Wright, a former New Zealand captain.

King said Yoga has lot of benefits and it's great to start physical training with it, adding, if one practised it, injuries could be minimised, while Leipus termed Yoga as one of the beneficial training methodologies. Leipus said Yoga can contribute in matters of strength, power and agility depending on how one used it. Cricketer B K Venkatesh Prasad recalled how he could come out of a nagging neck problem after he started practising Yoga.

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