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We are not panicking: Kaif

Team India won't be bogged down by its shortcomings in Test cricket and would continue to build on its one-day success, feels Kaif.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 20:41 IST

Middle order batsman Mohammad Kaif said the Indian team would not be bogged down by its shortcomings in Test cricket and would continue to build on its one-day success.

"Yes, there are certain areas. The coach and the captain know where to improve," Kaif said after the team's practice session ahead of the first one-dayer against England on Tuesday.

"It is a matter of learning, and we need to keep moving. We also should not forget the positives we have gained so far," the Uttar Pradesh batsman added.

The Indians have been in rousing form since the start of the domestic season, winning 12 out of the 17 matches against Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan, the last one being an away series.

But Rahul Dravid's men have been found wanting in crunch situations in the traditional version of the game.

In Pakistan, after being in belligerent form in the first two drawn Tests, the batting floundered in the deciding Test in Karachi to lose the series 1-0.

Against England in the current series, the batsmen once again caved in meekly on the final day of the third Test to go down by 212 runs and allow England to level the series 1-1.

"We are not panicking too much (about our Test form). The important thing is to keep the players' form going. There are still a couple of months to think about that," Kaif said.

He also said neither the Mumbai defeat nor the series of dropped catches would affect the team's fortunes in the seven-match one-day series.

"Both are totally two different ball games. The team has come up well (in the one-dayers). We have to start the series on a positive note, the first two matches will be important," he said.

"Fielding has been a strong point of our team. One match or one series is not a true indicator of how good we are at it. It is one area we have done well and we want to do better."

The 25-year-old was in top form in the practice one-day match at Jaipur, cracking an unbeaten 119 to help a local outfit beat England by five runs.

"A century before the series definitely gives confidence. I also played well in the first match (Nagpur) where I scored a 90.

"I just want to continue with that and score more runs. One good thing was I have had plenty of overs to bat."

Kaif also defended the frequent changes made in the batting line up.

"To be successful, you have to be resourceful. The responsibility of the youngsters is to perform when you get a chance," he said.

"Also, there have been new ODI rules which have also necessitated changes in every match."

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 20:41 IST