Woolmer won~~t make any difference: More

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Gwalior:Chairman of selectors Kiran More believes Pakistan's laptop savvy coach Bob Woolmer will make little difference to India's preparations for the forthcoming cricket series.

According to More, though the South African-born Englishman brought in the trend of using computers to modernise coaching methods, the rest of the cricketing world has caught up with his scientific approach.

"We all know Woolmer is a good coach. He has done a terrific job for South Africa and has been doing no less for Pakistan. He certainly will have more knowledge about India to give them (Pakistan). But everybody is now prepared in modern cricket.

"Everyone uses the software knowledge, and there is the extensive TV coverage. So everyone is prepared and exposed as well," More said on Tuesday.

Woolmer had plotted Pakistan's successful comeback from the humiliating home series loss to India last year.

Since he took over from Javed Miandad, Pakistan had beaten India in all the four One-day matches, in the Asia Cup, a tri-series in Holland, in the ICC Champions Trophy and the BCCI Platinum Jubilee one-off match.

More said India would be at their peril to be complacent in the coming series of three Tests and five One-dayers beginning later this month.

"Pakistan are a good side. Of course they did not have a good tour of Australia. But not every team does well there," he said.

"India did well. But it is a tough place to tour and (irrespective of results) when you comeback your confidence is high. And they are used to Indian wickets as well, More said.

"We cannot be complacent, we have to play better cricket to win the matches."

More said except for Sachin Tendulkar, there were no major injury concerns.

"Injuries (to different players) are minor. Sachin was our main concern," the former Indian stumper said.

"But he is recovering well and very positive about being fit for the series. The selectors also hope that he will probably get to play a Duleep Trophy match before the series starts."

More said he was impressed with the way Lakshmipathy Balaji has comeback from the six-month injury layoff.

"For the kind of injury he had, he has comeback strongly, he bowled outstandingly well in the Challenger Series."

Asked if the team will go for a three-spin bowling attack against Pakistan on the home tracks, More said, "it will depend on the situation. Definitely we have our game plans, we will discuss it with the captain, coach and the senior players."

About the unsettled position of wicketkeeper's slot, More chose to look at it in positive manner.

"It is a good sign that we have three young guys who are fighting for the wicketkeeping position.

"The only thing is that we are looking for a batsman-wicketkeeper in the One-dayers, who could be called a wicketkeeper-allrounder," he added.

More also answered the disgruntlement of Yuvraj Singh, who had grumbled about being jettisoned from the Test team after being tried once as an opener.

"When we try someone who we think could do well as an opener, sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn't.

"When it clicks, it helps the team hugely. Basically we are looking at the team's needs, not at the individual."

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