Indian cricket team’s captain Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday that his team has put behind this summer’s 4-1 series drubbing by the West Indies and will treat its first match in the limited overs tri-series against Brian Lara’s team as a fresh challenge.
The two teams will clash on Thursday (today) under lights at the Kinrara Oval in the second match of the tri-series. The third team is Australia, which defeated the West Indies by 78-runs in the opening match on Tuesday.
All three teams in the tournament are treating the day night tri-series tournament, held for the first time in this tropical country, as a tune-up ahead of next month’s ICC Champions Trophy tournament in India.
“We will have to try and hit the ground running hard and we will have to try and get our act together quickly and we can’t afford to slip up and fall behind too quickly.” Dravid told reporters before a practice session, adding that the series will be “good preparation” leading into the Champions Trophy.
Australia had not played any international cricket for more than seven months until Tuesday. India and the West Indies last played top level cricket during India’s May-July tour of the West Indies. India lost the One-day International (ODI) series during the tour 4-1, but won the Test series.
A downcast West Indies, meanwhile, is recovering from Tuesday’s shock defeat when they were dismissed for 201, chasing Australia’s total of 279 for 9. West Indian openers Shivnarine Chanderpaul (92) and Chris Gayle (58) shared a solid 136-run partnership before Chanderpaul was dismissed with the score at 172/2. The West Indies lost its remaining wickets for 29 runs.
“It was a bit difficult to comprehend but these things do happen,” captain Brian Lara said. “We were on course to victory, and we found a way to lose,” he added. But Lara said the “psychological advantage” from the victories over India in the series this summer must be continued in Kuala Lumpur.
Dravid, however, said the defeat will not affect his team. “It’s a completely new match, new venue, different conditions. That was a long time ago. We have to move on,” he told. “There are lessons to be learnt form that one-day series. That won’t change but this is a new series, new place, and new environment. We want to have a better result than we had in the West Indies,” he added.
India made its tour of the West Indies without star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, one-day cricket’s leading run-maker, who was recovering from shoulder surgery. He returned to the team for a tri-series last month in Sri Lanka, which was subsequently cancelled due to rain.
Chanderpaul said the West Indies are treating the return of Tendulkar with caution. “We all know what Sachin can do,” he said, adding that the Kinrara Oval wicket is not “easy to bat on.” Dravid refused to confirm if Tendulkar will be in the team on Thursday, saying the best XI will be chosen depending on the state of the pitch and the conditions.
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