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Take a step backward to progress: Chappell

The coach said that there will be no change in the strategy even though there is a change at the helm.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2005 13:27 IST

India cricket coach Greg Chappellon Monday said the players have to do the basic things right to improve the team's performance in one-day internationals.

"There is no quick fix solution. Maybe take a step backwards in order to progress," Chappell told reporters at the airport ahead of the team's departure for the month long tour of Zimbabwe.

Taking into account India's poor performance in one-dayers Chappell said the team's dismal ranking in the ICC list is a true reflection of the form.

"Ranking don't lie. On current records it is justified," he said.

The coach was interacting with media persons ahead of the 15-member team's departure to Zimbabwe for the August 24 to September 6 tri-series.

Chappell also said that he supports players with the right attitude and right approach to play cricket. But the Australian declined to say whether the Indian players have come out of the comfort zone or not.

"I can't answer the question I don't know," he said.

Asked to comment on the quality of the opposition Chappell said India will not take them lightly.

"I just see them as an opposition. But we are not going to take them lightly as India have not done well in Zimbabwe," he said.

On whether there will be any change in plans following the change in captaincy, Chappell said there won't be much.

"I don't see much of a difference in the strategy that will be followed even though there is a change at the helm, though Rahul did a good job in Sri Lanka and we know Sourav's record as captain," he said.

On experimentations with the batting order, the coach said it depends upon the situation.

"If opportunities present themselves we can make experiments but otherwise no. We had a situation in Sri Lanka where Laxman was injured and opportunity arose to give people chances they have not done before," he said referring to M S Dhoni and Mohammed Kaif opening in two matches.

Meawhile, physio John Golster said pacer Irfan Pathan has cleared the fitness test.

Pathan got injured during the tri-series in Lanka and was forced to pull out of the Afro-Asia Cup.

Two players Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra are not accompanying the team. The duo, who played in the Afro-Asia Cup, will join the team in Zimbabwe.

First Published: Aug 23, 2005 12:36 IST