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'Players raring to put up their best'

cricket Updated: May 06, 2007 13:33 IST

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Indian team manager Ravi Shastri on Sunday said cricketers have left their World Cup disappointment behind them and are raring to put up their best performance in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.

"We have left behind what the team did in World Cup earlier and the players are raring to put up their best," said Shastri after the conclusion of their conditioning in Kolkata on Sunday.

"The Bangladesh tour would be a challenge for the cricketers to prove their mettle after the World Cup debacle," he said.

The former all-rounder said the main objective of the camp was "to let players enjoy what they were doing."

"It is a brilliant bunch of players at the camp, which was a positive one. All the players have enjoyed it. The idea of the camp was to let the players enjoy what they were doing," he said.

Asked about the injuries to Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Rahul Dravid, Shastri said players were bound to get injured while practising.

"Injuries are part of the process. We are here not to play marbles," he said.

Shastri replied in the affirmative when asked whether Dravid, who was hit on his nose by a Rudra Pratap Singh bouncer at the camp on Saturday, would play in the first match on May 10.

"His improvement is being monitored," he added.

About Tendulkar, Shastri said "Sachin is hungry for runs and will certainly prove his worth in Bangladesh".

He did not give much importance to the fact that team did not have a vice-captain.

"We know what we have to do in case of eventualities," he said.

Shastri also said players were not unduly bothered about the contract issue and were focussing on cricket.

"They are all hoping it would be resolved. And once in Bangladesh it would be only cricket which will be in their mind," he said.

The former captain said all the training methods in the camp were cricket-oriented and fielding coach Robin Singh was "a hard task master".

"The bowlers were also very enthusiastic and have great potential," he added.