Johannesburg:India's first match at the Champions Trophy on Saturday is also the biggest, at least as far as the fans are concerned. It's Pakistan versus India, after all.
So Coach Gary Kirsten has given the Indians some basic self-help instructions. Julia Roberts is in Pataudi shooting Eat, Pray, Love - a movie based on the best-selling book of the same name. Gary Kirsten's version for India's Men in Blue: Eat, Play, Love.
Players have been asked to eat well, because the Coach says acid in the body can lead to fatigue, irritability and over sexuality. The Indians have also been asked to love themselves, quite literally. Coach Kirsten says going without sex can lead to a significant drop in testosterone levels, and that means reduced aggression and competitiveness. So sex is a must, even if it means going solo.
More instructions on self-reliance: the team has been told to take responsibility for its performance, and to stop blaming others.
The captain of the English cricket team says his team's strategy for success doesn't resemble India's. At a press conference in South Africa, Andrew Strauss laughed, "With regards to sexual habits, I don't think that's come up in any of our dossiers! And I don't think it's likely to! I don't know, I am not sure.."
Not everyone's coach thinks Eat, Play, Love apparently.