India coach Duncan Fletcher during the press conference © Getty Images
Leicester (UK): Jun 25, 2014
India coach Duncan Fletcher said that the inexperience of the new-look side might inspire the visiting team to play “exciting” cricket across the five-Test series beginning in Nottingham from July 9 against England. Fletcher said the unpredictability was one of the strengths of this Indian side whose defining characteristic is youth.
“Without making excuses it is a very, very inexperienced side: If you look at how many Tests have our opening batters played, how many Tests has our No. 3 has played, how many Tests have our bowlers bowled,” Fletcher said.
“But it’s nice that sometimes because being unpredictable they will play some exciting cricket. There are some very, very exciting cricketers in this group who would go on to be very, very good cricketers for India. They might fire from this series and there will be some very, very good cricket played.”
Before departing India, Fletcher had said that it was important to attack England captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, England’s two senior batsmen.
Today, Fletcher stressed that India were more keen on wining than on reflecting on what had happened in the past.
“Reversing trends is not that important. What is important is that you go out trying to win the series. That’s what our objective is – to come here and win the series,” he said.