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No move to rest Tendulkar: Chappell

"As long as he's fit and well, he would play. We missed his presence in Sri Lanka," said the coach.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2005 19:06 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Coach Greg Chappell on Wednesday said there were no plans to rest Sachin Tendulkar and that the Indian team will look to continue its domination of Sri Lanka and wrap up the seven-match one-day series with a victory in the fourth encounteron Thursday.

"There is no such move (to rest Tendulkar). As long as he's fit and well, he would play. We missed his presence in Sri Lanka," Chappell said on the eve of the match at the Nehru Stadium.

Tendulkar, playing his first competitive event after a six-month injury lay-off, has been in top form and been a major factor in India taking a commanding 3-0 lead.

The 56-year-old former Australian batsman, however, said India could not afford to relax.

"If we continue to performas well aswe have done over the last three games we would do well here too. But if we don't do it, we will be in trouble," he said.

The team, led by Rahul Dravid, has made constant changes in the batting order which has brought stunning results but Chappell maintained these were not mere "experiments" but part of a "strategy" to flummox the Lankans.

"It's more to do with strategy rather than experimenting. We want to adapt to situations as they develop and as per the conditions available on any given day," he said.

Chappell also came to the defence of Virender Sehwag who was yet to come up with a big score in the series. He said Sehwag had played a vital role as a partner with Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit an explosive 183 (rpt 183) not out in the last match at Jaipur.

"He (Sehwag) played a very important role in Jaipur with his experience and knowledge of the situation to help the youngster (Dhoni). Not every one can score runs in every game," Chappell said.

Dravid described the wicket prepared for the match here as a good one.

"It looks to be a good wicket which may afford a bit of bounce early on. We had a good practice session today. We are very confident about our play and the general spirit in the team is also very good," he said.

India once again left out Gautam Gambhir and Rudra Pratap Singh to retain the 13 who played in the previous games.

Dravid defended the team's bowling performance in Jaipur when the visitors scored a big total of 298 for four.

"It was a flat track and I thought we bowled well till the first 35 overs or so. Let us also give credit to (Kumar) Sangakkara and (Farveez) Maharoof. On such wickets your bowlers are bound to go for some runs," he said.

Chappell said the team needs to manage its resources well in the face of a tight schedule.

"We need to manage our resources well. This can be done by keeping the players within the team but changing their roles a bit (in order to help them recharge their low energy levels)," the former Australian captain said.

To a pointed question how the team is putting up such a fantastic display after looking a bit out of depth against the same rivals in Sri Lanka, Chappell said "it's a happier team now and winning."

First Published: Nov 02, 2005 18:11 IST