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The Indian who wants South Africa to win

"I hope we win the final and then I'll jet-set to Bangalore and join the Royal Challengers (RCB) ahead of the IPL," South Africa's Indian performance analyst Prasanna Raman told HT over phone on Sunday.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2011 22:54 IST
Nikhilesh Bhattacharya

At least one Indian is hoping Graeme Smith, and not MS Dhoni, lifts the World Cup this time.

"I hope we win the final and then I'll jet-set to Bangalore and join the Royal Challengers (RCB) ahead of the IPL," South Africa's Indian performance analyst Prasanna Raman told HT over phone on Sunday.

Raman has worked with the RCB since the inaugural IPL and it was on the recommendation of their coach Ray Jennings, who was in charge of South Africa earlier, that he got his current job.

Raman's stint with South Africa began with their series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last October. "My job is to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition from video footage and feed the findings to the coach, Corrie van Zyl," Raman said.

So did he find weaknesses in the Indian team? "Well I don't want to name anybody, but if you look at the averages with which some batsmen came to the tour and the averages with which they left, then you will know if our plans worked or not," said Raman. However, the 35-year-old is quick to add: "Finally, the game's played in the middle." Employed full-time by South Africa, with a break for thre IPL, Raman will be travelling around the world with Smith and Co.