Win against Oz will help India become no 1: Upton

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Bangalore, Oct 7 (UNI) Team India's conditioning coach Paddy Upton believes victory in the upcoming home Test series against Australia will help the 'Men in Blue' stake a claim to being the best side in the world.

''A series win would be a fantastic step towards becoming the best team in the world,'' Upton told reporters here. ''We want to win all the series that we play. It would be a big step to win the series.'' Speaking on India's preparations, Upton revealed that the hosts are well prepared to tackle the formidable Australians.

''We've got a few strategies and tactics for individual Aussie players and the team as a whole as well. But, essentially, the focus is on team India and individuals in the team,'' he said.

Emphasising the need for proper preparation, he said,''Its like walking into an exam. If you've studied the whole book, you feel confident. If you've cut corners, theres no confidence. We've made sure our preparations are really good. So, when the players go out on the field, there's not going to be any surprises.'' He, however, said efforts are being made not to put the players under too much pressure.

''We are trying not to put too much pressure on the team to win from within. But, this series win will be a great achievement,'' Upton remarked.

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