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We won't mess things up this time: Kaif

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 13:33 IST
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India's middle order batsman Mohammad Kaif has said that the team would not overdo things and mess it up as they seek to win the third Test match and go 1-0 up in the four-match series against West Indies.

"We don't want to try too hard and mess up things. We want to go about it casually and in a routine manner," Kaif said.

Reflecting on the first two Tests where India failed to provide the finishing touch, he said that it was more important for the team to be relaxed before the third encounter.

"We did fail to provide the finishing touch, but we want to be relaxed for the next game. That's important," he said.

India were unable to force a win despite dominating the West Indies in the first two Tests.

Kaif, who has usually been manning the forward short leg position, said that fielders who could do the job at different positions could actually help the captain and team.

"For example, a fast bowler is usually confined to the third man and fine leg positions and has to run in to field whenever the ball goes in his direction.

"It could tire him up further. But if he can field within the ring, he can save energy and could thus be fresher.

"I have fielded at forward short leg only a few times, but that's only because I haven't played too many Tests. If I appear on the move in the covers, it doesn't mean I would be fidgety at the forward short leg.

"You need to keep your eyesight on the ball. It is important for you to be able to field in any position. You should always enjoy the task."

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