India to retain winning combination

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid today warned his teammates against complacency when they take on Sri Lanka in the second one-dayer.

India to retain winning combination

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Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid today warned his teammates against complacency when they take on Sri Lanka in the second one-dayer. Dravid said the comprehensive 152-run win in the opening ODI in Nagpur had eased the pressure on his team but it was wrong to believe that they had gained a psychological advantage over the opposition. "It was very important to win the first match and it has eased the pressure. But it does not give us a psychological advantage. We are two experienced sides and the team which plays better will win," Dravid said on the eve of the floodlit contest at the PCA stadium here. Dravid indicated that the hosts would retain the same side of the Nagpur tie. "We have not finalised the team but Suresh Raina and R P Singh are not in the 13." Focus on strategy On whether the think tank will persist with the experiment of promoting Irfan Pathan to the number three slot, the Karnataka batsman said, "I would not like to divulge the batting order." "Some of the things that we try out are not experiments but are cricket strategies. We do some things differently because we think it will work. We talk about it and plan it out, so these are not experiments. "What we do will depend on what is best in the situation, but there will be no compromise on victory," he said. Asked whether he was worried over the form of the dashing Virender Sehwag, Dravid said, "he looked really very good in the last match. I am not really concerned about his form, it's just a matter of time when he comes up with a big knock. He is due for a big one. He needs to convert those starts into big ones, he knows it". On whether the dew factor will play a role in the match, he said, "at the end of the day, the team that plays better will win. Some of the boys have played here before, so we know the conditions. We have to try and get the right combination." (PTI)

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