India have a good chance in Windies: Viswanath

Published: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former Test cricketer Gundappa Viswanath said India stood a good chance to win a series in West Indies when they head for the Caribbean this summer, though opening slot remains a source of worry.

Vishy, who is in the city as a NCA batting coach for next three days, said, ''India is a very balanced side and they have been doing excellently well in the One-dayers for the last few months. They have a winning combination. I hope they will do well in West Indies.'' ''This time we have a balanced bowling attack too. We have a few excellent new ball bowlers and two world class spinners. This gives the side a good balance. Batting has always been our strong point,'' he said.

''The middle order has settled in nicely. Its the opening slot that is a cause for worry,'' he added.

On the kind of wickets, he said, The conditions will be hot and humid and very similar to India. The pitches have also slowed down to a great extent. Those at Barbados and Jamaica are also not the same as it was before. So it should not be very difficult.'' ''We have been close to winning a series in West Indies, but we have not been able to. I am not saying it will be a cakewalk. We have to work for it this time also. But the team should play when it counts. They have to learn to work out of the tight situations,'' Vishy, who excelled in West Indies during the 1976 trip, said.

Asked if it would be an acid test for skipper Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell, he said, ''Whenever you tour, its a test for the captain and the coach. Its a talking point and its sure going to be a test for this time also.'' On whether the Test team is being neglected because of the recent success in the One-dayers, he said, ''The ODI side is doing very well. This is not an excuse however to do any different in the Test.'' ''We have missed it once in the Tests. I am sure the team is very focused and the think-tank is working at it to get out of the situation,'' he said.

''We just need to have a winning formula for the Tests too,'' he added.

The topic veered into the territory of burnouts and he said, ''India has a strong reserve bench and they can always fall back. I think the rotation policy is already in practice and that should not be a concern for the team.''

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