Hyderabad coach Sunil Joshi exuded confidence, despite the humiliating loss against Punjab in the season opener, ahead of the four-day game against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Group ‘A’ match, starting at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Friday.
“I don’t think it was a disappointing loss. I think the toss was crucial in that game and if we had won it, things would have been different,” said Hyderabad coach Sunil Joshi.
“It is a long, tiring and tough season ahead. Definitely, we have to get back to basics and do the right things. We are capable of this and one loss doesn’t mean it’s all over,” insists Joshi, who helped the team come back into the Super League.
Curator Y.L. Chandrasekhar is expected to produce a sporting wicket with a possibility of taking spin on the last day.
The host will be looking to remove Madhya Pradesh skipper Devendra Bundela early as he has hit three hundreds in the last four meetings between the teams.
“This is an important game for both the teams. I don’t think the toss will be crucial though there is a little bit of grass on the pitch which should help the bowlers in the early hours of the day’s game,” said Bundela, whose team conceded the first-innings lead to Gujarat in its first match.
“There is a need for all-round improvement in our side. We are working really hard to put in a collective effort,” says Bundela.
“We hope to see V.V.S. Laxman’s back early. He is a great player,” he said and added that fast bowling has been the team’s strength. He had a special mention for Anand Rajan, who took seven wickets in the previous game.
Left-armer A. Lalith Mohan will take Pragyan Ojha’s place as he is away on national duty.