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It's a challenge for Sachin: Greg

Team India's coach says Tendulkar's experience would prove handy in the middle overs.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 17:15 IST

Coach Greg Chappell on Saturday sought to justify pushing Sachin Tendulkar to the middle order and said it was important for him to fit into his new role ahead of the World Cup.

Chappell said Tendulkar's experience would prove handy in the middle overs while also backing Sourav Ganguly to come good in his ODI comeback.

"It is a challenge for him (Tendulkar). It is also something the team needs. And when Yuvraj (Singh) comes back, it gives you more options and more flexibility to be better placed. We need balance and experience in the middle order," he said.

The coach said the team was banking on Ganguly to come good at the top of the order.

"He (Sourav) has worked on his fitness, fielding and batting. He has come back fresh and confident and that's what we needed. We need him to play well," Chappell told NDTV.

"We want him playing well at the World Cup and the next few weeks we would give him as many opportunities as possible."

"It is an opportunity for Sachin and others too at the top order which has been a major problem for the team and we need to sort this out."

Chappell said the team decided for a left-handed opening pair based on the requirement of the team.

"We need to try out as many options and combinations as we can because different teams require different combinations. Some teams might open with two left-handers, others might have two right-handers," he said.

First Published: Jan 20, 2007 17:03 IST