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'Chawla, Powar finds of the series'

Dravid says that the flu has proved to be a blessing in disguise as it had helped India discover a couple of new talents.

cricket Updated: Jul 01, 2007 03:31 IST

Skipper Rahul Dravid has said that the viral flu that affected nearly two-thirds of the team has proved to be a blessing in disguise as it had helped India discover a couple of new talents.

India's pace department bore the brunt of the bug as seamers S Sreesanth and Ajit Agarkar were laid down by illness and sat out of the two matches played so far.

Their absence forced the team to go in for two slow bowlers, offie Ramesh Powar and rookie leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. Both acquitted themselves well, particularly the 18-year-old Chawla who had played just one match before the series.

"One of the really gladdening things for me is to have seen how these young spinners have bowled, especially in these tough conditions," Dravid said on the eve of the decider.

"They are used to playing in India, where it is warm and sunny and the ball grips and turns. But they have come here and immediately adjusted."

Dravid also said the team was not daunted by South Africa's superior ranking and would "give them a run for their money" in the final tie tomorrow.

"The rankings do definitely say we are the second best team here. But one-day cricket is how you play on the day. It's not really about rankings or numbers," he said.

"We knew we could give them a good run for their money and we believe if we play some good cricket we can end up with the right result."