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India v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Pune

'It's not fair to call it experimentation' - Chappell

Cricinfo staff

November 2, 2005

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Greg Chappell is not unduly perturbed with Virender Sehwag's form with the bat © Getty Images
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Greg Chappell, the Indian coach, talked strategy and the players from both sides spoke on the challenges ahead of the fourth ODI at Pune

Greg Chappell

On the experimentation with the batting order
It's not fair to call it experimentation. These are players who are playing international cricket and we have confidence that they have the ability to do the job designated to them on the day. It's more a strategy than an experiment. We just have to sum up the conditions tomorrow and adjust accordingly. We are aiming for flexibility to handle all eventualities.

On whether there was a worry about Sehwag not getting runs
I thought he played a pretty important role in the last match. He gave good support to MS Dhoni. The way he batted showed great knowledge, experience and understanding of the situation. He was a very important part of that partnership. And he later played a different role, when he ran for Dhoni, helped young Venu [Venugopal Rao] through a difficult phase.

On Tendulkar
There is no such move [to rest Tendulkar]. As long as he's fit and well, he would play. We missed his presence in Sri Lanka.

Marvan Atapattu

On his team's performance
This is not the time to blame individuals for the defeats. It's only going to put your team down.

On tomorrow's match



Marvan Atapattu is confident ahead of the Pune game © Getty Images
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Everything is going well for the Indians, including the changes they have brought about like Irfan Pathan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni [coming in at number three in the batting order]. Dhoni outplayed us in Jaipur though I should say we batted well there to make 298. It's a once in a lifetime innings that he played and is unlikely to be repeated. But I am confident that if we batted the way we did at Jaipur we are in with a good chance [to win] tomorrow.

Muttiah Muralitharan

On his bowling in this series
Sachin [Tendulkar] is a great player, but I am also trying hard. I am happy with the way I am bowling. I will bowl better in the Tests [against India] as in one-dayers a bowler is limited to bowl only ten overs.

On Sri Lanka's chances
"We don't want to give excuses, but there's plenty of cricket left and we will come back hard.

Rahul Dravid

On the team's bowling performance in Jaipur
It was a flat track and I thought we bowled well till the first 35 overs or so. Let us also give credit to [Kumar] Sangakkara and [Farveez] Maharoof. On such wickets your bowlers are bound to go for some runs.

Sanath Jayasuriya

On his shoulder injury
I would like to see myself getting more runs. The shoulder injury is improving. It poses a slight problem while batting. I don't know whether I would bowl tomorrow.

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