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Sachin has a sense of occasion, says Wright

Durban: It’s no secret that coach John Wright is a Sachin Tendulkar fan and, Monday afternoon, paid him a big compliment: “He has a sense of occasion.”

Wright made that remark while interacting with the Media at Kingsmead, during the optional workout in preparation for Wednesday’s World Cup game against England. And, looking to the match, he had this to say: “It’s going to be tough... Obviously, the wicket here is different but, then, we trained in Durban before the tournament and that should help...”

Asked whether the Indians would consider a 2-2 attack — now that Ashish Nehra’s fitness is a worry — Wright avoided a direct answer, but stressed that omitting Anil Kumble is always a hard decision. He added: “Anil doesn’t like sitting in the dressing room... Even now, he’s at nets.”

[Virender Sehwag, who hasn’t been among the runs in a big way, also availed of the optional workout. It speaks highly of his attitude.]

According to The Telegraph’s sources, however, Ajit Agarkar should step in if Nehra isn’t fit. Surprisingly, he didn’t make use of the afternoon nets.

Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh (who also spoke to the Media) accepted that it’s been an “up and-down” World Cup for him and that he was hopeful “things would quickly fall into place.”

Commenting on his four-wicket haul in Pietermaritzburg, he said: “I’ve always enjoyed bowling... It was no different Sunday.”

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