We've antidote for McCullum, says Hyd Chargers skipper

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Deccan Chargers of Hyderabad have an 'antidote' for hurricane Brendon McCullum as the Hyderabadis take on already charged-up Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 match at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

VVS Laxman, the skipper of the Deccan Chargers, today said his final side would be named before the match as Chaminda Vaas, Chamara d'Silva, both Sri Lankans, were expected here by tonight, adding, ''Still we are prepared to stop McCullum while referring to his yesterday's blitzkrieg of 152 not out in 73 balls against Royal Challengers in Bangalore last night.''

There were no words about Herschlle Gibbs and Shahid Afridi as both might join the side at later stage.

''I'm looking forward and excited to play against my former captain Sourav Ganguly in Eden in the new format of cricket Twenty-20 as new version of cricket has changed a lot,'' Laxman said while referring to his 282 against Aussies in 2001 here.

With Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and allrounder Scott Styris in his side, Hyderabad was here to live up to the expectation to face the new challenge, Laxman said.

Hyderabad arrived here this morning and had some physical training to acclimatise with the humid condition and soaring temperature.

Referring to India's tour of Australia and acrimony among the players, Laxman said it was past and Gilchrist and Andrew had already amicably mixed up with the local boys to share their experience and strategy with team members.

The tempo of the tournament reached a new high as people were scurrying for low price tickets of Rs 110 and 210 and Rs 325 as most counters downed their shutters by noon. Only high price tickets counters were doing some business. Tight security arrangements were being made and two police dogs were sniffing around the VIP galleries as many Bollywood and Tollywood celebrities are expected to accompany Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Kolkata Knight Riders.

The way SRK had cheered his side in Banglore yesterday, local policemen had already geared themselves up to keep an extra vigil on the Eden Gardens, where approximately 100,000 fans might make way to cheer their 'dada' (Sourav Ganguly), said an officer at the stadium.

Laxman, with his available strength might pick Adam Gilchrist (wicket keeper-batsman), Andrew Symonds, Scott Styris, Nuwan Zoysa, R P Singh, P Vijay Kumar, Kalya Krishna, Y G Rao, Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, and Halahadar Das.

Laxman said, ''In the past four years cricket has changed a lot even in Test and and the latest IPL's T-20 provided us with a new challenge that his side was equipped enough to meet the rivals.''

The Australian duo of Gilchirst and Symonds were very cheerful as they emerged from their team's airconditioned bus and made straight to the ground to exchange ideas and views with younger cricketers.

''We have no problems with Aussies and they are taking part quite well with team strategy and exchanging views,'' Laxman said.

On R P Singh playing in the first eleven, Laxman said he had some bad patch in home Test against South Africa but now he was doing well in nets.

Eden will witness for the first time that the Aussies giants will assist Laxman to tame Sourav Ganguly, under whose leadership the Hyderabadi made double century seven years ago and ended Australian's sixteen Test wins in a row.

''I'm excited to play against Sourav Ganguly and live up to the expectation,'' Laxman said.


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