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It?s the mind that matters

We played poorly against Australia. We have some work to do before the Zimbabwe game, and I firmly believe that it is the mindset, more than the technique, that we have to get right.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2003 01:13 IST

We played poorly against Australia. We have some work to do before the Zimbabwe game, and I firmly believe that it is the mindset, more than the technique, that we have to get right. After all, this is the same side that has chased huge totals convincingly over the whole of the last season.

In any case, these are early days. We have four games to go qualify for the Super Six. There is no need to press the panic button. We obviously have to raise the standard of our game to do well.

Wednesday's game is very important for both sides. Zimbabwe already has four points because of the England walkover. The security reason should have been sorted out early, every point is crucial. There was a lot of debate on security issues but they seem groundless.

There are obvious signs that the economy of this country has suffered tremendously in the recent past but the facilities provided have been as good as those in South Africa. The ground looks in top condition.

We will go back to our successful formula of old. There has been talk about our batting line-up, and to be honest, a shift of one position up or down should not matter that much. At the end of the day, it is how you bat that really matters.

There has been a lot of reaction to our performances at home. We understand that our performance against Australia was disappointing. Yet, true supporters are those who not only jump up and down when the team wins but also stand by it in times of loss. I was shocked and disappointed at what the families of Dravid and Kaif went through. It's sad, as these are the guys who have won innumerable games for India and are probably the best in the world. Such acts just show how poorly we behave with our champions.

On Wednesday, we have to play our best. The key man will be Andy Flower and we have to get him early.

The work ethic and effort put in by the boys has been tremendous, and I truly believe that hard work never goes waste. It's time for us to turn things on.

First Published: Feb 19, 2003 01:13 IST