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India switch on for crunch tie

cricket Updated: Aug 16, 2010 00:04 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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Looking at what has transpired over the last eight days since India levelled the Test series in Colombo, you could be forgiven for thinking that the team is not really taking the ongoing tri-series seriously.

A disappointing loss in the opener followed by a long break for the seniors and a couple of regulars flying back home for a quick break may have given you such an impression.

However, that's far from the truth. After a hectic Test series, those who have stayed for one-dayers were instructed to keep themselves away from the game for three days.

"It is important to switch on and switch off. The first three days we hardly thought about cricket. One of the instructions was to keep away from cricket. Not to think anything about cricket," skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on the eve of their all-important clash against India.

"And in the next three days you can practice and look to do what your plan and strategy can be. It is important to switch on and switch off and that is what we did in the last six days of break."

It cannot be overlooked that most of the members who were selected for one-dayers were training regularly during the five-day break between India's matches. So it's clear that there no feeling of being underprepared for Monday's match.

Even Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara didn't feel India would be underprepared. "Sides don't practice one day, it doesn't mean you aren't prepared. We would like to practice properly every day, that we do, but preparation is something sides do differently," said Sangakkara."It will depend on what they are thinking about and the Indian team know they are a good side. So they will be banking on their confidence and their immense ability to try and counter whatever comes their way."