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What Lahore holds for Team India

As India embark on mission to Pak, Dravid unveils the team's strategies. What should be India's strategy?

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 18:29 IST

The Indian team will not target one or two players but the Pakistan team as a whole, said skipper Rahul Dravid on Thursday ahead of the team's departure for Pakistan.

Targeting individuals "would be a big mistake", and India would have to play as a unit to succeed, Dravid said at a press conference.

Banking his hopes on Harbhajan and Kumble, the Indian captain said the two spinners were important cog in the Indian wheel and it was "exciting to see them bowling well at the same time and it is an important thing for our scheme of things."

The Indian captain felt that the first day at Lahore would be critical to the eventual outcome.

India coach Greg Chappell said the series was a great honour, experience and challenge. He said it will be a very exciting series as the Pakistan team was on a high but "it was a challenge we were looking forward to and the challenge that we welcome.

Chappell said both teams had bowlers in top form but they were all different type of bowler and "whoever adopted better will win the series".

He said recent experiments had given India different options for different conditions but nothing specific had been decided for the Pakistan series. "It will depend on situations on different days."

Chappell said it was imperative for top order to succeed for India to win in Pakistan. He was he was confident that openers, whoever is chosen, will deliver.

Dravid said he was looking forward to the tour of Pakistan as for a cricketer it was a special occasion and "boys were keen". He said teams were evenly balanced unlike last time when "people said Pakistan were favourites".

BCCI President Sharad Pawar said the experience of the last tour was good. "Each player is going as goodwill ambassador and will create goodwill".

Pawar also denied that there was any instruction to include any player in the team and wished Dravid and his boys a successful tour.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 13:50 IST