Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Wright warns bowlers after opening blues

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Indian coach John Wright on Thursday took the Indian bowlers to task for an indifferent performance in the warm-up game and said the team had to "sort things out" before the One-day series against Pakistan gets underway on Saturday.

"It is a jolt for us and we have got to sort things out before the series begins," Wright said, after the visiting Indians suffered a shocking six-wicket defeat at the hands of a second string Pakistani side in a warm-up game at the Gadaffi stadium.

Wright said 335 was a good total on any wicket yet his team lost the match easily but was not too harsh on the bowlers many of whom have comeback from injuries.

"This was Zaheer's first game, He definitely has to improve. It is going to be hard work for the bowlers, and all of them have to improve."

"They batted very well and we bowled poorly. A total of 335 on any wicket would be a winning total and yet they won the match easily. We have to lift ourselves up from here," he said.

"I don't want a repeat of this performance. Bowling is a different game when the batsmen are aggressive. You are under more pressure. "In such a situation, you have to have a plan B and discipline is the key word," the coach said.

Wright drew comparison to India's trip to South Africa for the World Cup last year when the team lost the first practice match against Natal. "Even before the World Cup where India reached the final, we were beaten by a Natal selection before the tournament started," he said.

"To be honest, it is going to be hard work," he said. Asked whether some of the Indians bowlers had still not recovered from their injuries, Wright categorically said that all the bowlers were fit. "They are all fit. We have to go back to the nets and practice what we have learnt." "The players have to understand what works for them and what does not. It is a learning process," he added.

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