Wright all praise for youngsters

Describing the new members in the Indian squad as "highly promising", Indian coach John Wright on Tuesday said the youngsters had "fitted in" very well.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2003 18:20 IST

Describing the new members in the Indian squad as "highly promising", Indian coach John Wright on Tuesday said the youngsters had "fitted in" very well and should now learn to handle the pressure at the top level of cricket.

"The youngsters have fitted in particularly quickly which is good for us. They are highly promising young players who need this exposure with the senior team," Wright told reporters on the eve of India's match against Bangladesh here tomorrow.

Wright confirmed that the team was toying with the idea of bringing about a couple of changes in the Indian line-up tomorrow. "Some of the players could be rested. It will give the opportunity to some of the youngsters to have a go."

India have won both their matches and are virtually assured of making it to the final of this triseries tournament, being played on a double-league format, on April 20.

Wright said captain Sourav Ganguly could be rested for the match alongwith Zaheer Khan who has a slight hamstring strain.

"Zaheer has a slight hamstring strain and will definitely not play tomorrow. It is not very serious and we will decide whether to field him in the match against South Africa depending on his recovery," the coach said.

Wright indicated that off spinner Sarandeep Singh, recalled into the team after a fairly long gap, might play while paceman Avishkar Salvi and all rounder Sanjay Bangar could also figure in the playing XI.

On whether young Parthiv Patel will open the innings, Wright said there is a chance that he may be elevated in the batting order. "We may consider such a move. He has a lot of talent as a batsman. It is upto the skipper to decide the batting order."

Wright also emphasised on the importance for the team to maintain the winning sequence which has seen India rout Bangladesh and South Africa by huge margins.

"We have played very well in the tournament so far, but it is still early days. We have to keep winning and tomorrow it will be no different. We have to keep that hunger," he said.

The coach said he was pleased with the fact that the team was far more consistent now. "We have worked very hard on this aspect. Consistency has a lot to do with attitude," he said.

Wright said after the heavy thunderstorms, the track may turn slightly which would help the spinners.

The Indians were scheduled to practice in the morning but the heavy thunderstorm shortly after the South Africa- Bangladesh match last night had left the ground soggy.

The team then decided to have an optional practice session in the afternoon. It were mainly the youngsters who practiced under the watchful eyes of Wright and his deputy Ashok Malhotra.

First Published: Apr 15, 2003 18:20 IST