Team India mulls strategy for Sydney

Updated: 02 January 2008 07:48 IST

A number of critical questions face team India ahead of the Sydney Test. The team management insists, this is not the time to make any drastic changes.

Melbourne:

A number of critical questions face team India ahead of the Sydney Test. The team management though insists, this is not the time to make any drastic changes.

Team India needed a free day to free their minds a day after suffering a 337 run loss in the opening test of the series. The team management promises that things will be different in Sydney, but not necessarily a different playing eleven.

"Well when you lose like that there is no need for drastic changes. But definitely we'll try to increase our aggression on the ground, the intensity on the field and our approach; these are the 3 things we're looking at," said Lalchand Rajput, Cricket Manager, Indian Team.

The biggest talking point after the Melbourne massacre has been India's defensive approach, and more so Rahul Dravid's defensive batting. His two and half hour stay at the crease in the second innings produced only 16 runs, from 114 deliveries. But there's no word yet if India will see another set of openers in Sydney.

"I wouldn't say there is any technical problem, it is more in the mind, because when a batsman goes through a lean phase, he needs to overcome that and am sure he'll bounce back, everyone knows he is the wall of the country," said Lalchand Rajput.

The team management wants all the players to spend New Year's Eve together, rather than going off on their individual celebrations. Hoping the bonding will come in handy when they take the field in Sydney for the second test.

The message from Anil Kumble is that we are down but not out. While there is huge disappointment in the Indian camp especially because of the consecutive batting failures, the team is now looking to re-group and be positive in time for the Sydney Test.

Topics : Cricket
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