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India may opt to spin and bear it

cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2007 01:32 IST
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Under the watchful eyes of a few hundred security men and volunteers, Jayasuriya was hit by a bouncing ball on his bottom hand and needed immediate attention. The bowler was an unknown Bermuda paceman called Kevin Hurdle. It was the first over of the opening match in Group B, which will later see India in action.

The Indians, who play Bangladesh here on March 17, had taken the day off. They probably watched this piece of action on TV and must have flinched at what they saw.

All along, the talk has been that this Cup will be a spinners’ bonanza and India’s preparation too has been based on these inputs. But given what one saw in Kingston and in the opening overs here, there is every possibility that the playing surfaces may not be that generous to the slow men.

These are early days but the signs are definitely not very encouraging.

The Indians got here on March 12 and in the three days since, they have probably felt more at home than in Jamaica. Trinidad has a huge population of Indian origin and, with the West Indies not playing here, the Indians will get some full-throated support.

The past few days have been spent at the nets and some players have interacted with the media, something that they might not be too happy about but it is mandatory.

And these sessions have become so repetitive, so understandably, you cannot really expect the players to say anything new. On Tuesday, Dravid was repeatedly asked an inane question --- about whether he was missing his family. The tone of the question even implied that if he was not, then why wasn't he? It irked him no end.

On Wednesday, it was Sreesanth's turn to give his take on himself and the Cup. The Kerala pacemen, who has endeared himself to the public by his antics on the field, is very keen to cement his place in the one-day side, the way he has done in Tests. He put it well by saying, "I would rather struggle and try and do well in the one-dayers than not play them at all."

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