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Stand-in coach downplays Kirsten's absence

Upton not unduly worried about India's performance in decider.

August 6, 2008, 8:40 PM IST
Stand-in coach downplays Kirsten's absence

Colombo: Entrusted to fill in Chief Coach Gary Kirsten's shoes in his absence, India's conditioning coach Paddy Upton says he is not unduly worried as he would ask players to concentrate on basics for the must-win third cricket Test against Sri Lanka here.

Upton said the team had the resilence to put up good performance in the absence of Kirsten, who had to leave for South Africa to be with his critically ill mother.

"Every body knows his responsibilities and we also have a lot of players or support staff to assist the team," Upton said.

The bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and the fielding coach Robin Singh were assisting the players during their rigorous workout on Wednesday.

"We have a lot of people who will be useful to the team," Upton added.

On whether Dinesh Karthik would be included in the team in the wake of his poor performance in the series so far, Upton said "We have not taken any decision".

According to sources, Dinesh Karthik is under pressure after indifferent performances though it remains to be seen whether Parthiv Patel will get a look in.

But Anil Kumble, after winning the second Test, had maintained that one could not pin point the performance of one individual.

"You cannot keep looking at one individual to say he can do better. Everyone can do better. There is definitely some improvements that we all need to look at as a team and that will be the focus," Kumble had said.

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