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Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNI) Though, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team India is going through a golden patch, coach Gary Kirsten has made it clear that his side is in no mood to get complacent when they take on Bangladesh in the final league match of the tri-series here tomorrow.

''We'd like to think that we are not (complacent). We're a professional outfit and our preparation for each game will be as diligent and efficient as the one before,'' Kirsten said.

The Indian coach also suggested that the match against Bangladesh could see a few changes in the playing XI.

''They (Bangladesh) are a different sets of players. We respect them and we're not going to take anything for granted.

''As per our policy we are looking to rotate players. Where ever we feel there's an opportunity to rotate, we're going to look at it,'' he added.

However, he did not reveal that who would make it to the playing XI tomorrow when specifically asked about Robin Uthappa.

''It's difficult to single out individuals. We haven't made a decision on who is going to be rotated,'' he said.

Kirsten further exuded confidence on the bench strength of his team which has played well whenever they were provided opportunities in the absence of seniors proving the critics wrong.

''We're experimenting. We're going to rotate players so we're experimenting with different combinations and options.

''It's a luxury that India have at the moment with a lot of young players coming through. We're trying to find the best combination.

We're certainly not going to look at keeping things the same for too long,'' he said.

The last two games have seen batsmen complaining about the colour of the ball which become quite dark during the course of the match.

Kirsten admitted that the clay tracks at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium were making it difficult for the batsmen to spot the ball after the 25th over.

''The rules are that the ball can only be changed at 35 overs, we have put in a request that if both teams do agree that we can maybe change that ruling. It's been told to me that it's going to be difficult to do for the next game which is tomorrow, which is fair enough.

''But depending on the teams that go through to the final, they can bring in a local ruling to change it to 30 overs but that's in the hands of the ICC. I think the players have felt it is quite difficult to see the ball even after the 25th over,'' he said.


Story first published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 21:04 [IST]
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