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Ready for the backlash, says Ganga

It doesn't take long to figure out that Trinidad & Tobago mean business. Business the way they do in the Caribbean anyway.

cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2009 23:42 IST
Deepti Patwardhan
Deepti Patwardhan
Hindustan Times
Trinidad & Tobago

It doesn't take long to figure out that Trinidad & Tobago mean business. Business the way they do in the Caribbean anyway.

On a high after a 44-run victory over Somerset, as soon as the team unpacked at the Uppal stadium on Tuesday ahead of a Group A contest against the Deccan Chargers, the first thing they removed were not the bats but their footy shoes.

An hour of football, a victory dance by the winners and a lot of fun later, they got down to some hitting on the pitch. Right now, they are the most comfortably-placed team in their group, but they do not want to take chances.

“The last thing we want is people choking on a big occasion,” captain Darren Ganga said about his team's animated practice session on the eve of the game. “We wanted the guys to take it easy. They are very relaxed at the moment. We play a lot of football and handball during practice sessions because that's the best way to build team spirit.”

If not as famous as Usain Bolt, T&T have a world class 'celebrator' in Dave Mohammed. The slow left-arm bowler, who caused all sorts of problems for Somerset on Monday, has his ways of celebrating a wicket.

“We like people to express themselves,” said Ganga.

About the match, Ganga said they'd be treating it as a ‘final.’ He said, “We will use the positives from the last match.”

“The quality in the Deccan line-up is unquestionable. And we are ready for the backlash. But here, people don't really recognise us as a team, so there are more expectations from Deccan to win.”