Chappell to bring in Sreesanth against Windies

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: Team India may be languishing at the bottom of points table in the DLF Cup but coach Greg Chappell harbours hopes for a final berth and hinted pacer S Sreesanth might get the nod for tomorrow's match against the West Indies.

''We have got two very important matches in which we have to do very well in. In fact we have got a few tough games coming up in the next few months so we are taking this as a good opportunity to practise and do well against two very good teams,'' said Chappell.

Chappell also said that he was concentrating at one match at a time.

''We haven't thought about winning two back-to-back matches. We are focused on the next one match and want to win that. We are looking at tomorrow's match. If we start looking too far ahead we would be making mistakes. We have to go out and put together a good performance tomorrow and then we would worry about our next game,'' he said.

Chappell said that the experimentations in the batting and bowling order would continue as the team was looking to find the best set of combinations for the World Cup.

Referring to Virender Sehwag going down the order and Irfan Pathan not opening the bowling, Chappell said the idea was to make the team better and more flexible.

''We are trying to make the team better and we can do that by having players who understand a variety of roles. We are trying to get the combination possible before the World Cup. We are using bowlers and batters in different positions to try and make the team more versatile,'' said the Team India coach.

Indian team is looking at making few changes and S Sreesanth looks almost certain to find a place ahead of a seamer. ''We haven't picked the team but we won't see big changes, even though some changes would be there,'' said Chappell. He also said that the team had slightly different role for Irfan now. Irafn has struggled with the ball but has chipped in with a vital fifty batting at number three.

''Irfan is bowling better but he still needs to bowl better.

There is different role for him in the team now but doesn't mean he would not be opening bowling at all now. We have got a few players who are not at the peak of their forms at the moment. But not everybody will be in their best forms at the same time,'' said Chappell.

India would playing this match on the same pitch on which they took on the world champions. There was a ridge on the pitch at good length spot that claimed few Indian wickets. Chappell said he had spoken about it with the pitch curator and hoped that the pitch would be all right to play on tomorrow.

''I have talked with the pitch curator. They know what they are doing. They are doing their best to prepare the wicket the best. But I haven't seen the pitch yet,'' said Chappell.

West Indies team also had full net session today and they are looking forward to try the bench for this match. West Indies have already qualified for the finals.

''We would definitely like to see Correy Collymore and Runako Morton on the park. Morton might be the answer to our hicupps in the middle order,'' West Indies skipper Brian Lara said.

West Indies leading seamer Collymore has missed the series so far due to thigh strain.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo, meanwhile, felt that after beating India in the last five games, his team was feeling confident to push it across this time too.

''Yes we have been doing vey well against them lately. We hope to continue that,'' Bravo said.

Bravo also said bowling to Sachin Tendulkar was a great learning experience for him.

''This was the first time I bowled to Sachin and it was wonderful. He is among the best in world and batted very well that day. I have come out a better bowler after that,'' said Bravo.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle said that he wasn't taking the Indian team for granted.

''They are a very good one day side. They have good bowlers upfront in (Munaf) Patel and (Ajit) Agarkar and their batting line is also very strong with the likes of Sachin and (Rahul) Dravid. We won't be taking them for granted,'' said Gayle.

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