Cuttack, Jan 24: Ever since the start of Greg Chappell`s reign as the cricket coach, the Indian playing XI has been kept a closely guarded secret right until the toss.
But not any more.
Starting from the South African tour, the team management has been giving a fair idea to the media about the team composition a day before the match.
Skipper Rahul Dravid, however, denies that there was any gameplan or strategy to keep this crucial piece of news away from the media.
"There was no such gameplan," Dravid said here today.
However, he said at times the team management wanted to keep the opponents in the dark to add to the surprise element.
"Sometimes we don`t want the opposition to get to know our playing XI. We think it will benefit the team. We do this when there are some new players about whom the opposition has no clue. So, for strategic reasons we don`t spell out the exact team in advance," he said.
But why the change in strategy of late? "Now we are comfortable, so we are giving the team out. In fact, though we were losing in South Africa, before every match I was giving the team. People chose to ignore it as we were losing then."