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'Indians can't do without the veterans'

When it comes to "serious cricket", Indians can't do sans Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly, says New Zealand's Chris Cairns.

cricket Updated: Sep 24, 2007 19:19 IST

India's young brigade may have been exceptional in the Twenty20 World Cup but the side will have to fall back on veterans like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid once it returns to playing "serious cricket", feels former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns.

"Of course the younger guys are agile and have done brilliantly in the Twenty20 World Cup. The team is on a high especially after the upset win over Australia but twenty20 cannot measure up to ODIs and Tests," Cairns said.

"When it comes to Tests and ODIs, which they would be playing very shortly, the Indians cannot do without Sachin (Tendulkar), Rahul (Dravid) and Sourav Ganguly." "These guys are the best right now and India cannot leave them just because the youngsters did well in Twenty20. I don't see anybody who can be considered an option ahead of them," he added.

Heaping praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young side, Cairns said the Indians played near perfect cricket in the tournament.

"Everything has clicked for them. They have done well in all three departments of the game and have emerged as a formidable unit," he said.

On Yuvraj Singh's record feat of six sixes in an over against England, Cairns said he had been left amazed by the left-hander's display.

"Thank god I wasn't bowling to him!" he quipped.