"We are keeping our fingers crossed" : Rajput

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Kochi, Oct 1 (UNI) Lamenting the forcast of rain and the threat of the second of the seven match Future Cup ODI series being washed out here tomorrow, Team India Cricket Manager Lalchand Rajput today said, ''We are keeping our fingers crossed.'' Addressing a press conference here the former India batsman said he was hoping of a full match if there was no further rain. ''The outfield is still wet. But the ground staff is working hard.'' Asked about the pitch, he said he could not examine the wicket when he went to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium along with bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, ''as the wicket was covered''.

''We will have a look later'', he added.

Admitting that it was a bit frustrating to have missed the nets, Rajput said ''We had a team meeting and a session at the gym to stay prepared for the match.'' About the status of the injured Sourav Ganguly, who strained a hamstring while fielding in the first ODI at Bangalore, Rajput said the physio John Gloster was of the opinion that the former skipper would be fine if he was rested for a game. ''He will be back for the third match'', he added.

He said off spinner Harbhajan Singh, who could play a crucial role in the match if the wicket aids spin, was feeling better from a stiff neck. ''He worked in the gym and his neck is better now'', he explained.

''We have to see'', he said when asked about Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa.

Asked if he thought that it was time for Team India to have a domestic or a foreign coach now or he preferred to continue as cricket manager, Rajput said '' this question will be better taken by the BCCI. I am doing my job. My job is to concentrate on this series.'' UNI

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