'Test performance will have no bearing on ODIs'

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2003, 1:19 [IST]
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Chennai: Having failed to obtain a result in their favour in the two-match Test series against New Zealand, India's stand-in captain Rahul Dravid on Monday sought to lift the morale of his team ahead of the triangular series, saying his players would be under no pressure as One-dayers were a "different ball game". Dravid also said New Zealand would not gain any psychological advantage going into the Limited Overs series by managing to draw the Test series against the Indians in their own backyard. "It (One-dayers) is a different ball game.

So I don't think too much need to be read into the side's performance in the Test matches", Dravid said on the eve of their opening match against New Zealand. Dravid said the team management had decided not too announce the playing eleven for the match until the start of the game. "All the three teams are among the top five sides in the world. We are not going to announce any eleven at this stage. We will do that just before the game".

"Not really", Dravid said when asked if he was under any pressure leading the side. "Obviously we have a pressure to do well and play well for the country and play good cricket and win. So we will go out and play good cricket", he said. On whether a win in the first game would be significant, he replied "very important" and reiterated that the opponents were very good. "All the more we will be keen to do well".

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