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Wright wants India to stick to original plans

Indian coach John Wright today said the Indians should stick to the original game plan which could fetch them a rare one-day title on Australian soil.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2004 15:55 IST

Praising Australia for coming up with fresh tactics in the first tri-series final, coach John Wrighton Saturdaysaid the Indians should stick to the game plan that has helped them dominate the current tour and could still fetch them a rare one-day title on Australian soil.

"We have to put our plans in action and if that happens, we would have the result we want," said Wright ahead of the crucial second tri-series final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Wright dragged the Indians out of the hotel for a shock nets session here this afternoon.

There could have been a voice or two of disapproval when he asked the players to get on the bus, because of the tiring schedule, but the general effect of it seemed to have done a world of good for their spirits.

With the seven-wicket defeat in the first final still hanging over them heavily, Sourav Ganguly and Co. Walked in to the ground tired.

But they were soon perked up by the sight and sounds of a few die-hard supporters who chanted their names and greeted them with thunderous applause.

The players began with a huddle and gave a loud war cry before playing a game of volleyball and rounding it up with stretching and autograph-signing session for the benefit of supporters.

"Just getting them together in the ground. Normally we have team meeting in the hotel, have a stretch and just enjoy themselves," remarked Wright.

"We talked about a couple of things and really want to be positive and optimistic."

Wright said the team wanted to put the reverses of last two matches behind and look at the second finals tomorrow.

"We want to continue the way we have played. We have won a lot of respect here and we want to continue the trend tomorrow.

"I am sure we would be smashing through those deliveries."

Wright complimented Australia for changing their game plan at the MCG but said his men were good enough to counter it. "They bowled pretty well in the first 10 overs or so in Melbourne and you have to give them credit for it.

"They changed their bowling plans which was obvious. That's why Australia is good. We got to match them."

"I don't think we need to get too complicated or too worried about what we want to achieve tomorrow. We need a fighting performance."

Wright hinted Anil Kumble might not be picked said he wanted to keep his cards open.

"There could be a change or two and we have to look at the Kumble situation. We would just try to get the freshest and keenest team we have.

"We have plans but we have not executed them well in Perth and Melbourne."

Wright didn't want to lay any blames on his young bowlers, Irfan Pathan and Laxmipathy Balaji, who he felt had shouldered the responsibility very well.

"They have done outstandingly well. They have been the main plus for us.

"A lot of players have come in in the team lately and stood up well against a very good batting side. They have lent depth to our bowling."

First Published: Feb 07, 2004 15:55 IST