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Hyderabad look to woo lady luck through the dressing room

cricket Updated: May 20, 2008 01:39 IST
Arjun Sen
Arjun Sen
Hindustan Times
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Does Hyderabad’s dismal showing have to do with more than just poor cricket? Well, if the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials are to be believed, it just might be the case.

Still without a win at home after five attempts, the HCA on Sunday, decided to interchange the dressing rooms between the home and away teams in the hope of bringing some much-needed luck to the hosts.

Hyderabad, who had been occupying the dressing rooms in the West End of the ground, were moved to the East for the match against Mumbai, while the away side occupied the “traditional” home dressing room.

The reason? The home sides at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium have, more often than not, ended up on the losing end of matches.

India lost both the one-dayers they played here against South Africa in 2005 and against Australia a couple of years later. The Hyderabad Ranji team won just once in four attempts this season, and it has been a similarly sorry tale for South Zone in the

Deodhar Trophy.

This, in fact, was the second time that dressing rooms have been interchanged in this stadium. Earlier too, seeing the home teams continuously lose at the then new ground, the HCA had decided to swap the dressing rooms. Sadly, it didn't quite lead to the kind of results they had hoped.

On Sunday, too, it was a similar case when, even after the changing of dressing rooms to their original places, Hyderabad crashed to their ninth loss in eleven matches and fifth straight at home. Maybe it is superstition, maybe there is indeed something more to this, but whatever it is, Hyderabad won't be complaining as long as that all-elusive home win finally comes along.