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On the road, India lose way: Moody

Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody feels India are a formidable side at home but they are not the same force abroad.

cricket Updated: Mar 16, 2007 01:19 IST

Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody feels India are a formidable side at home but they are not the same force abroad and said his wards are looking forward to their crucial Group B clash here next week.

“It's another game of cricket in the Caribbean. Playing India in India is different from playing India outside. So we are looking forward to playing them on a neutral venue,” said Moody on Thursday.

Recently, India had completed dominated the Lankans in a home series. “We are in the Caribbean now. The conditions and the environment here is so different. This is what counts and not what had happened in India,” argued Moody.

Earlier, Australian captain Ricky Ponting had also harped on India's tendency to be poor travllers.

Both India and Sri Lanka would be keen to win Group B's final clash next Friday since the teams would carry over the point from the group level to the Super Eight stage.

Moody, while rating his side as a strong contender for the World Cup, stressed that depth in batting and versatility could well make the difference among the teams in the competition.

Dutch need to get their link right

BASSETERRE: Not many World Cup teams can boast a link to Sherlock Holmes. The Dutch can and they'll need all the sleuth's deductive skills if they are to successfully unravel the talents of world number one South Africa in their opening World Cup clash here on Friday.

Holmes's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was an avid cricketer and was part of the first team to tour the Netherlands in 1891.

It must have been a worthwile experience for the writer as he went on to play 10 matches for MCC, eight of them at Lord's. He only took one wicket in his career but it was memorable -- dismissing WG Grace for 110.

The first club in the Netherlands was formed in Utrecht by students from both The Netherlands and the Cape Colony in 1856.