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Kaif asks for extended run at the top of batting order

Mohammad Kaif asked for more such opportunities at the top of the batting order in India's future One-Day plans.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2005 03:28 IST

Mohammad Kaif, after guiding his team to a six-wicket win over New Zealand, asked for more such opportunities at the top of the batting order in India's future One-Day plans.

"Playing in the top allows me more overs which suits my style of play," said Kaif after his unbeaten 102 helped India book a place in the final of the Videocon Cup triseries in Harare on Friday.

This was Kaif's second hundred in his 95th game and he said it was largely because in the sub-continent, the lower-half did not get much opportunity to showcase their batting skills.

Coach Greg Chappell was happy that Kaif had seized his moment and the experiment to push him to the top of the order was successful.

"We tried him as an opener in Sri Lanka and for the second match running in this series, he has come good. We needed someone to make a hundred today and Kaif was up to the challenge," said Chappell.

The coach was not sure if keeping Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori out of the game was the right tactic for New Zealand but claimed it allowed his batsmen to run into form.

The view was diametrically opposite to that of New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming who said that Indian batsmen would be wary of Bond in the finals.

"I am sure they would be anxious. I would be if I was for them. Facing a bowler like him is always a difficult proposition and irrespective of what Indians have done in this game, it would still keep them on edge against Bond in the finals."

First Published: Sep 03, 2005 03:28 IST