''The game (at Kanpur) is very crucial and the Indian team had always done well when the chips are down. I hope the boys will come back and win,'' he told reporters last night.
When asked why his bowlers failed to defend a huge total at Mohali on Thursday, he said, '' they were not bowling badly. It was one of those games when they could not take wickets in the later part of the innings. We should give credit to the Pakistanis, they applied themselves well and stiched crucial partnerships to take the game away from us,'' he said.
Both the teams could not undergo net sessions today as they reached here late in the evening but Rajput said not having practice before tomorrow's match would not have any effect on the performance of the team.
''They have been playing for the last five months. They are used to it. If they are playing at this level, they should be able to adapt to it,'' he added.
''Moreover, because of Diwali, we could not get practice ground at Mohali as ground staff there had taken holiday because of the festival. From Mohali we departed late and reached here late. It was BCCI's schedule but I think it happened because of the festival,'' he said while giving explanation why the two teams could not get time for practice last day.
The two teams reached here around 1730 hrs by bus from Lucknow.
They were brought to Lucknow by a chartered flight.