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Fleming sees no fire in Mohali wicket

"Indian perception of fast and bouncy track is different from that of ours," he said.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2003 13:29 IST
Subhash Rajta
Subhash Rajta

We may go on clamouring from our rooftops that Mohali offers one of the quicker strips in the country, but New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming thinks otherwise.

"Indian perception of fast and bouncy track is different from that of ours," he said adding that the wicket here looks quite dry. But hadn't New Zealand skittled out India for a meagre 83 in their last encounter here with Dion Nash picking up six wickets?

The Kiwi skipper, however, refused to buy the argument saying, "Even then, the wicket had nothing much in it."

On the other hand Rahul Dravid, who will in Sourav Ganguly's absence, lead the side, feels that wicket appeared 'good' and could help spinners towards the latter stages of the match.

Dravid, however, refused to put the entire onus on the nature of wickets for achieving results. "We should be able to play on all sorts of wickets and get results," he said. "The wickets should have even chance for everyone."

But, will the draw at Motera and Ganguly's absence put extra pressure on the team? "Not exactly, Motera is past. We will take the field without any pressure or burden," he added.

The New Zealand skipper said that Ganguly's absence will not make any major difference. "We have our strategy in place and will play accordingly," he said.

And will the Kiwis go into the match with a psychological edge after Motera? Not quite, feels Fleming. "Though, the victory has given us the confidence to handle Indians in their own conditions," he said.

Besides, he added the Test helped them to get used to the conditions "and it turned out to be a fairly good outing for the entire team." As for his own failure with the bat, he refused to delve much into it.

The PCA curator, Daljeet Singh, when asked for his reaction on Fleming's comments about the wicket, said that Fleming might be judging it by the yardsticks they have in their own country.

First Published: Oct 15, 2003 23:34 IST