May 14, 2001

India aiming to set right poor record abroad

Flying high after the series triumph over the mighty Australians, the Indian cricketers are now aiming to set right their dismal record abroad, during the coming tour of Zimbabwe.

As the probables engaged themselves in fitness and fielding drills at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, where the six-day conditioning camp began yesterday, skipper Sourav Ganguly said on Monday that a series victory over Zimbabwe would set right a "lot of things."

"Our aim is to win a series abroad which will set right a lot of things," Ganguly said and emphasised the need for India to play competitive cricket and as a team to the hilt.

The Indian captain warned against any complacency, saying that Zimbabwe should not be taken lightly. "They are a good side and have home advantage...the last time we lost a Test match which we should have won. Our team is working on the fitness part since it has a hectic international schedule ahead," he added.

Coach John Wright said the focus was on fielding, catching, running between the wickets and improving the fitness levels of the players. He was interacting with players to find the reasons for India not performing well overseas.

"We have to play the same way as we did against Australia. If we play up to our potential, we can beat good sides," he said.

The Indian team is to be announced in Bangalore on May 17.