Can't take Sri Lanka lightly, says Gautam Gambhir

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Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 10:42 [IST]
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Can't take Lanka lightly, says Gambhir

Chennai, Jul 17: Indian cricket team which is undergoing a two-day training camp in Chennai, back from a long three and a half-month break, players were looking high on energy while there was an injury scare ahead of India's tour of Sri Lanka later this week.

Rookie Rahul Sharma survived an injury scare after being hit by Virat Kohli on his forehead, which did stop the practice session for sometime. Luckily it wasn't serious and Rahul Sharma resumed practice after a while as media manager Ravi Jain assured that Rahul was 'alright'.

Indian Cricket team which resumed practice after a long break which lasted almost three and a half months, were looking fit, eager to play against Sri Lanka, as they had not played international cricket after Mar 2012, as the Asia Cup and the lone T20 against South Africa got over in the month of March.

Though players were busy playing the cash-rich domestic league IPL, cricketers did enjoy ample amount of time post IPL, which ended on May 27.

Since they hadn't played international cricket for a long while, which is indeed a rare scenario these days as the calendar is squeezed with as many matches as possible, BCCI decided to have a four-day gruelling session, which will help Team India to start off with a win and keep the momentum going as they are scheduled to play 10 Tests, 13 ODIs and two T20 Internationals besides playing the ICC World T20 in the next seven months.

Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir who addressed the reporters after the practice session said the tour was very important for the team as they wanted to start off on a good note, as it would set the tone for the rest of the season.

"It is very important because you don't want to start a season on a bad note. You want to start on a positive note and hopefully we can do it in Sri Lanka. But as I have said, you can't take Sri Lanka lightly, they are a formidable side."

Asked if the top players would be selected, Gambhir maintained his stand, as he said the team's focus is on starting the season on a good note.

"When everyone is available, you can put your best team on the park. And when you have everyone available, you can start the season on a good note and carry that (momentum) forward," opening batsman Gautam Gambhir said on Monday.


Story first published:  Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 10:28 [IST]
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