We were not professional at the end: Lara
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 1st February 2007
Their three-wicket win notwithstanding, West Indies captain Brian Lara
said his team did not show professionalism in closing out the game
against India in a convincing fashion which was a worrying factor in
view of the upcoming World Cup.
"I am happy that we were able to win this crucial game to remain in the
series. But we have not shown professionalism in the end, which is
important for us to correct ourselves in future games to win the World
Cup," Lara said after winning the third ODI to keep alive the
The West Indies were cruising at one stage needing only 12 runs with
six wickets in hand when Lara got out. They proceeded to lose another
two batsmen before reaching home, injecting some excitement to the
"We did not show professionalism at the end overs where we lost few
wickets. This is an important factor that we need to address for solid
performance and finish like professionals," the master batsman said.
Replying to a question about leaving out in-form left-hander Shivnarine
Chanderpaul for the game, Lara said all the players in the squad needed
to contribute. "Look at the Australian team. Everyone is a contributor
and they are true professionals. Chandrapaul had slight pain in his leg
and he was rested. But we need to try and build lot more in our players
before the World Cup. Besides Chris Gayle and Chanderpaul, we have to
see that everyone contributes to the team cause."