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Dravid's return will bolster team: Harbhajan
PTI
Baruipur, August 16, 2009
First Published: 18:23 IST(16/8/2009)
Last Updated: 18:24 IST(16/8/2009)
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Sunday hailed Rahul Dravid's return to the one-day side, saying the veteran batsman's experience is just what the team needed ahead of this year's Champions Trophy.

"(It's) good to have him back in the side. Rahul Dravid is a great player. He is one of the best players India has produced. It's great for the side," Harbhajan, who was here to lay the foundation stone of a medical institute, said.

Apart from Dravid, veteran Sachin Tendulkar also returns to the one day team for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka and the subsequent Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Harbhajan said the experience of both the players would lend balance to the team.

"We have some senior players like Tendulkar and Dravid back in the side, so we have the required experience. At the same time, this will give an opportunity to the youngsters like RP Singh to cement their place in the side. I am sure we will do well in the tri-series," Harbhajan said.

Even though the focus is more on winning the Champions Trophy, Harbhajan said it was imperative for the team to perform well in Sri as it will set the tone for the next big assignment.

"It is important to do well as after the tri-series, we have important tournament like Champions Trophy coming up. Responsibility will be there on all the players as cricket is a team game," he said.


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