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Oram sees India as major threat

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india Updated: Sep 02, 2005 15:33 IST

New Zealand all rounder Jacob Oram refuses to see his side as superior to India ahead of a contest between the two teams in the cricket tri-serieson Friday.

"I don't think we have the edge over India. When I look at the Indian side, there is so much of talent and experience in their ranks. We won't be reading too much into what happened in Bulawayo and I am sure the Indians won't be reading too much into it either," said Oram.

India were blown away by the hurricane caused by Shane Bond in Bulawayo last week. Since then, their team management has claimed they were caught off-guard while still getting used to the conditions. New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming himself has rated them dangerous, more so their left-arm pacers whom he dubbed world class.

Oram also believes the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag cannot be kept quiet for too long.

"Ganguly, Dravid and Sehwag are not the types who will be in a slump for long. They are a very good side, just look at the individuals and see how much talent they have."

"Like we did in Bulawayo, we will have to step up to the plate and deliver tomorrow too."

Oram said it was laughable if critics were terming his side favourite for this tournament on the basis of just one game in Bulawayo.

"We must learnt to deal with it (the expectations), if we want to be a good side. We have many allrounders and therefore the bowling options are endless."

"If we can play good cricket on a consistent basis, we can be up there with the best."

Oram said his top order batsmen have practised hard in the nets to be in a position to counter the Indian left-arm duo of Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra.

"Our top order has played long enough and is experienced enough to work out means to negate the duo. We were perhaps caught off guard in Bulawayo, not having played quality left-arm swing bowling for a long time."

"But in the time succeeding the game, we have worked very hard on the alignment to left-arm bowlers."

Oram agreed about the impact of Shane Bond only to the extent that he provided the thrust to their attack.

But he insisted that the pressure exerted by the bowlers from the other end was not negligible.

"But for him to pick up wickets, there has to be pressure at the other end. He took four wickets yesterday but Kyle Mills bowled very well at the start of the innings and the spinners kept the pressure in the middle overs."

"We have not talked about our bowling being a one-man show. Bowling is all about partnerships, much like batting is."

Oram looked at tomorrow's game as a sneak preview to the finals.

"If you look at the table, you might say this is a warm-up game, but it still is a full international. There is the chance to improve personal records and to play against a top international side."

"It will be interesting to see team make-ups, maybe a few guys being rested. It will be a sneak preview to the final."

First Published: Sep 01, 2005 20:30 IST