India confused about match strategy: Lara

"We have got them thinking," WI skipper said, throwing down the gauntlet at the visitors.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 19:09 IST

West Indian skipper Brian Lara kicked off a mind game after a thrilling four-wicket victory in the third one-dayer, claiming the result would have left the Indians 'confused' about their strategies for future matches.

"I am sure they they would be a bit more confused deciding to bat first as this is something against the norm for India. We have got them thinking which is important," Lara said, throwing down the gauntlet at the visitors ahead of the two remaining games of the series.

While lauding Ramnaresh Sarwan for his match-winning century, Lara put the onus on other players in the side saying they also needed to contribute.

"Sarwan is now maturing as a batsman, a player in the team. He is now pivotal, the catalyst. But I expect to see more from others as well," he said.

"I don't want to be depending solely on Sarwan now. Some of the younger players need to put their hands up," Lara said.

He said the side needed to play as a team and not rely on individuals.

"It's important the guys move away from the Brian Lara scenario. In four-six months time, I don't want the captain to be in a comfortable position. In-house competition is very important," he said.

First Published: May 24, 2006 13:57 IST