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Work on a theme: Gordon

Paarl: On the eve of India’s World Cup 2003 campaign, top sport psychologist Sandy Gordon has advised Sourav Ganguly and Co. to decide on a “theme” for the tournament and work towards that.

Gordon, who interacted with the Indians both collectively and individually (last eveni- ng and this morning), told The Telegraph: “The Australians had “No Regrets” as their 1999 theme... Similarly, I’ve asked your boys to quickly get one in place for this edition... It made a difference then, it could do so this time as well.”

An important member of Steve Waugh’s Support Team during the last World Cup, Gordon added: “Basically, I tell both players and coaches to take their job seriously, without taking themselves too seriously. Have fun is something I keep repeating.”

However, Gordon (a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia, in Perth) declined to comment on the degree of the Indians’ mental toughness. “It’s impossible to make an assessment so very soon... Obviously, each one of them is very talented.”

Gordon, who has been around in these parts on an invitation from a couple of organisat- ions, informed he won’t be available in person should any of the Indians wish to interact with him as the tournament progresses.

“Because of my commitments at the university, that’s not possible. But, yes, they will be free to either call me or relate via e-mail,” Gordon, whose contract with the Australian Cricket Board ended in September 2001, pointed out.

Perhaps, the Board of Control for Cricket in India should look at a long-term arrangement.

The players, of course, have already been impressed. “Sandy’s very, very good,” is how the captain summed up the mood. Incidentally, each one of them has been asked to list “goa- ls” for the World Cup.

India’s opening match, against ICC Trophy champions Holland, is on Wednesday.

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