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Coach Chappell backs Sehwag, Kaif

Greg said Virender Sehwag and Md Kaif would be given enough chances to come out of their form slump.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 20:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India coach Greg Chappell on Monday said Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif would be given enough chances to come out of their form slump.

However, he made it clear that the wait could not be "endless".

"Both Kaif and Sehwag are very experienced. Both have the skills to succeed and would be given as many chances. But obviously it can't be an endless one," he said after India's comprehensive 49-run victory over England in the third ODI.

Chappell felt that Kaif's problem had more to do with the mind.

"I feel it's more of a mental thing. I have gone through this having scored seven successive ducks. I feel it's a mental problem. The focus is not as much there because of the anxiety to succeed. He also needs a little bit of luck," Chappell said.

Kaif has made runs galore in domestic cricket of late but his stint in India colours has seen him score 4 and two ducks in the three innings against England.

"He got a 100 against England three matches ago (in the Jaipur warm-up game prior to the limited over series). His fielding is excellent and he will be given as many opportunities as possible," the former Australian skipper said.

Chappell echoed similar views about Gautam Gambhir while admitting that the player needed to make his start count by making big scores.

"You can't change players regularly. He's done a reasonably good job. Hopefully we have got what we need to have," he said while adding that the Delhi opener was dropped for Monday's game in order to fit in an extra bowler.

First Published: Apr 03, 2006 20:04 IST