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Time for Rohit, Dinesh to perform

india Updated: Aug 14, 2010 23:59 IST
Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly
Hindustan Times
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Big defeat in the first game must have hurt the boys. Although we understand that in sports such things do happen, it is also an eye opener for the players. The sting from the loss will make them more determined against Sri Lanka and we will see a tougher, hungrier India tomorrow.

The Indians need to put the toss factor at the back of their minds. It is not going to be such a huge factor in the tournament, unless the wicket deteriorates drastically with the progress of the tournament.

India will retain the combination more or less, provided everybody is fit.

Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik will get another opportunity as there is not much to choose from.

However, it is high time for them to put in performances.

While the rest of the boys will retain their place, Ravindra Jadeja's spot is a worry.

The all-rounder has looked a lot out of place at this level and I believe Dhoni could replace him with a genuine batsman. Virender Sehwag or Yuvraj can fill in with the overs.

Sri Lanka got a bit of scare against New Zealand. Comfortably placed, the hosts lost a few quick wickets in trying to get to the target quickly to earn bonus points.

They had to change their plan and settle for a simple win.

With the tournament in its initial stage, it wasn't a bad thing to go for bonus points.

The Lankans too have a few worries in the team.

Nuwan Kulasekara at number seven isn't a great batting option.

Their bowlers should also come hard at the top and look to pick quick wickets even though it might cost a few runs.

Their attack depends a lot on Malinga and Mendis, the latter is not a worry as the Indians have sorted him out.

They must have a plan for Malinga. Not giving him wickets is definitely the most important one.

Although India put up a disappointing show in the first game, they still have the side to go all the way.