Abhijit Sen Gupta

HYDERABAD: India’s vice-captain Yuvraj Singh felt that the start would be very important when India takes on Australia in the third ODI cricket match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.

Addressing the media here on Thursday, he expressed the opinion that the pitch seemed to be a good batting track and expected both teams to perform well.

About switching around the batting-order, he said that it would depend entirely upon the situation and there was no fixed formula which the home team would try to follow.

“It is better to keep your options open and flexible. So we will act according to the situation,” he said.

Best playing eleven

About the rotation of players, notably the seniors in the Indian batting line-up, he said that the objective would be to field the best playing eleven in each match and not go strictly by any rotation system.

When asked about his reaction to medium pacer Sreesanth’s deeds on the field he said that both the teams seemed to have over reacted a bit in the previous match.

He said that the aim of the Indian players would be to focus on cricket and not allow them to be led into any controversy.

When asked if the Australians had adopted a better strategy in the earlier matches he said that such was not the case. “It was not better strategy which enabled them to win the last match. It is a matter of day- to-day performances by the two teams,” he said.

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