India may field unchanged team: Kumble

Updated: 03 August 2008 13:02 IST

Anil Kumble hinted that the visitors might retain the line-up that lost the opening Test against Sri Lanka for the second Test starting on Thursday.

India may field unchanged team: Kumble

Galle:

Indian Skipper Anil Kumble on Wednesday hinted that the visitors might retain the line-up that lost the opening Test against Sri Lanka for the second match of the series starting on Thursday.

"There will be more or less the same combination of the Indian team for tomorrow's match," Kumble said.

The Indians are trailing the three-Test series 0-1 after losing the opening match inside four days in Colombo, collapsing against the spin duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

Kumble, although describing the loss as a collective debacle, admitted that Dinesh Karthik's failure was the most worrying aspect of the loss.

"Karthik's performance was a matter of concern, but we are not pin-pointing the performance of any one person. The Indian team as a whole failed to perform well in the last Test.

However, the veteran spinner said the team was confident of bouncing back in the second Test.

"We will try to come up with a better performance," he said.

"Series is still open and we are going to the Test with a positive approach. We have managed to regroup in the last few days. We will assess the situation well to come back strongly," Kumble added.

The skipper said batsmen were crucial to India's success and hoped that they would find form.

"The batsmen are responsible and they know how to do their bit on the field," he said.

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