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Murali Kartik may find place in playing XI

With Anil Kumble opting out of the match, Murali Kartik is very much in the frame for a place in the playing eleven in India's tie against New Zealand.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2003 22:06 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

With ace tweaker Anil Kumble opting out of the match, left arm spinner Murali Kartik is very much in the frame for a place in the playing eleven in India's crucial tri-nation tie against New Zealand at the Barabati Stadium here on Thursday.

Kumble had decided against playing in the match here following the demise of his father K.N. Krishnaswamy.

"The team has expressed shock over Kumble's bereavement. Our deepest sympathies are with his immediate family," Indian coach John Wright told reporters as the players arrived here from Bhubaneswar for nets at the stadium this afternoon.

Wright said it would probably provide him (Kartik) an opportunity to play. He did a very good job against the West Indies last time and he had always done well when given a chance, he said.

Asked whether left arm medium pacer Asish Nehra, back in the team after a long injury-related lay-off, would play, the coach said he was bowling well in the nets and in contention for a place.

It's good to have him back in the squad, he said.

Replying to a question as to whether there would be any change in the batting order in view of India's poor performance against Australia in the previous match, he said it was the responsibility of the captain to decide.

The team would try to improve in all areas, Wright said adding it would concentrate on conceding less runs in the first 15 overs.
"If we play to our potential we'll be very competitive," he said.

Asked to comment on the batting of opener Virender Sehwag and Mohammed Kaif, the coach brushed aside their recent failures saying Sehwag is a match winner on his day while Kaif had played only one innings in the current series.

Wright said the Barabati pitch looked good for a one-day game.

Meanwhile, sources in the Orissa Cricket Association said all the tickets for the match had been sold out yesterday and some tickets meant for the pavilion and special enclosure were on sale on Tuesday.

First Published: Nov 04, 2003 19:09 IST