Gary Kirsten displayed no signs of worry, whether it was over the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, the uncertainty over Ishant Sharma or the inaccuracy of Munaf Patel, on the eve of the fourth one-dayer.
“Tendulkar has been around for 20 years, so every time he doesn't play, it's always a setback,” said Kirsten. “But this team has got enough depth, especially from a batting perspective. There are guys itching to get on the field; also we fully back and believe in the guys that are replacing him.”
India, who lead the series 2-0, will be looking to close the series out at the first possible opportunity. “It would obviously be a nice thing to do, so we are very determined. But you know we are representing India, it's another game of cricket for your country, and we take every game of cricket in a manner that gives us our best chance of winning,” said Kirsten.
“The team is enjoying the tour so far, that's the most important thing. We're playing against a very competitive side, we are fully aware of that. They don't give up. We continue to work hard on what we need to do, we continue to put in the preparation that gives us our best chance of winning games of cricket.”
Kirsten flatly refused to be drawn into any talk about the New Zealand team. “We're not focussing on what the Black Caps are doing, we really focus on our work,” he countered. “We're taking it each game as it comes and there's certainly work to be done. We are encouraged by our momentum at the moment. If we execute our skills in an effective and efficient way, we're going to win more games than we are going to lose.”
Kirsten also did not want to think of giving players on the bench a game just yet.
“We haven't won the series yet. That’s very important in every series we play, we want to win the series, so tomorrow's a big game for us.”