~~Good Performance is necessary for Team India~~

Published: Saturday, September 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Indian cricket team's performance in the coming tri-series in Kuala Lumpur and the ICC Champion's trophy to be played in India thereafter was important in view of the World Cup in West Indies next year, middle order batsman Mohammed Kaif said.

Speaking to reporters at the National Cricket Academy here, after the practice session at the 'rolling camp', he said the team should perform well in these two tournaments to get a morale booster ahead of the World Cup.

''These two events will be a launching pad for our team to excel in the World Cup. So far the preparation for the World Cup has been good. New concepts like the ongoing rolling camp have been helpful.

The best thing about this is we are split into batches of five players, which gave us much more time to learn than a full squad undergoing a camp,'' he said.

Kaif said India had defeated good teams like Sri Lanka and England in the recent past and though they had lost the One-day series in West Indies, lessons had been learnt.

Innovative training was the highlight of the present camp as the players used the bowling machine outdoors for the first time.

''Making us play on two different wickets -- one fast and the other slow -- was also helpful,'' he added.

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