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India team likely to shun five-bowler theory

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kuala Lumpur: Apalled by the spineless batting display against the West Indies yesterday, Team India is likely to jettison its five-bowler theory in the do-or-die DLF Cup match against world champions Australia here tomorrow.

The winner of this crucial tie will meet West Indies in the final on Sunday.

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said that ideally he would love to play five bowlers but the score of 162 in the last match hasn't exactly inspired his confidence.

''We have to judge our combination. We were not very happy with 162 score line. We have to look at all options but a lot would depend on the wicket also,'' Dravid said about his likely combination for tomorrow.

''Ideally I would love to play five bowlers. But that also is possible when we have a couple of guys performing well with both bat and ball. That was an area where Irfan (Pathan) was doing wonderfully well when he was bowling well also,'' said Dravid.

Indian team had a three-hour-long session at the nets today. A lot of stress was on batting with all the batsmen having extended stay at nets. The bowlers, barring Pathan and Ramesh Powar, had it easy and the lower order too practised with bat for long.

Ajit Agarkar and Yuvraj Singh didn't came to nets but Dravid said there was noting to worry about.

''Ajit and Yuvraj are just under weather but it's nothing really serious. Hopefully they should be ok tomorrow, it is not a concern.

We are hoping to have a full squad for consideration tomorrow,'' he assured.

Going by the mood in team management, Mohd Kaif is most likely to get a nod ahead of a seamer or a middle order batsman.

This match would be played on pitch number two that has played better of the two pitches here.

''The wicket looks good, it's hard to judge though. It has been watered quite a bit and is moist but hopefully with sun out tomorrow, it will dry out,'' said Dravid.

Dravid also said that his team was focused to do well against Australia.

''We want to do well in all the departments. Australia is a good team and this game is pretty important as winner goes to the final. ''We want to win the trophy. We are trying to get some result that would give us some confidence,'' he added. Dravid also said that the key to tomorrow's match could be playing the Australian seamers carefully.

''It is important to play well all of them an not just focus on (Glenn) McGrath or (Brett) Lee. They have good quality bowlers.

(Dwayne) Smith yesterday got the top order and that just shows we have to be careful. Anyone bowling in right areas can be successful'' said Dravid.

He also said that he admired the Australian team and lots can be learnt from them.

''One of things you can learn from them is the depth of their squad. It is reflection of strength of their domestic cricket.

Whosoever comes to play seems ready for international cricket. It also reflects their planning and preparation,'' explained Dravid.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, on the other hand, said that he was not taking the Indian team lightly.

''We know that they all are good players. Some of them are wonderful one-day cricketers. We have to play good tomorrow to win.

If we can keep them under pressure for long period of time we can do well,'' said Ponting.

The Australian skipper informed that he would be resting four players, including Michael Clarke, tomorrow.

''Right now I don't know what the best eleven is. Tomorrow we are resting Michael Clarke, (Shane) Watson, Dan Cullen and Nathan Bracken. Hoping the guys in eleven would have fantastic match tomorrow. These changes have been pre-decided,'' said Ponting.

Ponting also said it was not difficult to score if batsmen had eyes set in.

''It's an issue of getting used to the pace and bounce of pitch.

Some balls have kept up and down. But if you can see off 15-20 balls we have seen some big scores too on these pitches,'' he said.

Ponting also said that he might choose to bat second on winning toss.

''Lots of teams batting second in this tournament have won. I am not so sure but maybe it is easy to bat at night-time,'' said the Australian skipper.

Ponting also said that continued experimentation hasn't hampered his team's results and lots of positives have come out for his team.

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