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We are not here by default: Patil

March 11, 2003 19:14 IST

Kenya coach Sandeep Patil came up with a novel illustration of his team's growing status in world cricket on Tuesday.

"It's good to see four television cameras here," Patil told reporters at a news conference before Wednesday's World Cup Super Six match against Zimbabwe.

"When we arrived in Sri Lanka for the ICC Champions Trophy in September there was no-one. I was asking (Kenya captain) Steve (Tikolo) questions and Steve was asking me."

Kenya, who have gained many supporters with their exuberant style of play, were given an invaluable push-start towards the Super Sixes when New Zealand forfeited their match in Nairobi over security concerns.

The Kenyans did the rest themselves, however, by beating Test sides Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They need one more win to reach the semi-finals, with Zimbabwe and Australia to play.

Kenya have never beaten Zimbabwe but former India Test player Patil said: "Before this tournament we also hadn't beaten Sri Lanka.

"Anything is possible in one-day cricket, as we have already seen in this World Cup. We are not here by default, we are here because the boys are playing good cricket.

"The facilities in Kenya are not top class. To keep the boys in the right frame of mind for four years, and coming into this World Cup having played just 18 one-day internationals, was...something like asking for the moon."

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Sub: Patil.....Fantastic. Zim...panic

Beware Zim!!!!! dont underestimate kenya. Like India they are also in full flow. Entering in supersixes is not a joke specially for inexperienced Africans. They ...

Posted by Syed Jaweed Tanveer

Sub: Sandeep patil deserves some credit...

My congratulations and heartiest wishes to Sandee Patil, under whose able guidance Kenya has done so well recently. It is a pity that selectors in ...

Posted by sunny

Sub: kenya deseve to be in super six

kenyas have shown the world that they deserve to get the test nation status after winning srilanka they infact gave enough resistance against india their ...

Posted by Sangeetha

Sub: kenya rulee

kenya played awesum against the zimas...hope they keep goin on with the winning streak..and its about time they get the test playing status which they ...

Posted by tanya

Sub: Never call them minnows..

Congratulations to Sandeep Patil for his phenominal confidence and hard work. All the best to Kenya.Show the world that you guys are no more "minnows".

Posted by sai prasad


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