ARTICLE: Top-rated India determined to justify... - 12 Feb 1995
TOP-RATED INDIA DETERMINED TO JUSTIFY COMPUTER RANKING
India's cricket team leaves here Friday to take part in a
limited-overs tournament in New Zealand, hoping to live up to its
computer-aided status as the best one-day combination in the
The Indians, led by stylish strokeplayer Mohammad Azharuddin,
will take on Australia, South Africa and the Kiwis in the Febru-
ary 15-26 tournament being organised to celebrate the centenary
of New Zealand cricket.
India, the top team in one-day cricket according to the latest
Deloittes computer rankings, are looking for their fourth
limited-overs success this season after winning the Singer Cup in
Sri Lanka, the triangular series at home against New Zealand and
West Indies, and a separate rubber against West Indies.
"There is no pressure just because we are number one," manager
Ajit Wadekar said during the 14-man squad's preparatory training
camp at the Air Force ground here.
"All rankings are forgotten once the boys take the field, but we
are determined not to let up on our victory streak this season,"
Azharuddin, India's most successful test captain with 10 vic-
tories under his belt, said: "Last year in New Zealand, we drew
both the one-off test and the one-day series because we allowed
them to bounce back. It's time for us to get tough and win.
"I am not making a prediction that my team will win the trophy,
but if the players promise me they will be tougher mentally this
time, then we should stand a good chance."
Off-spinner Ashish Kapoor, who made his test debut against the
West Indies in December, and seamer Prashant Vaidya are the only
ones in the team yet to play a one-day international.
India take on New Zealand in their first match in the round- ro-
bin competition on February 16 at Napier.
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