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Sehwag's absence huge loss but Team India confident: Kirsten

India's cricket coach Gary Kirsten said the team would draw inspiration from its past success in Sri Lanka as it copes with the "huge" loss of not having explosive opener Virender Sehwag for the tri-series in the island nation.

cricket Updated: Sep 09, 2009 11:34 IST

The number one spot well within its sight, India's cricket coach Gary Kirsten on Wednesday said the team would draw inspiration from its past success in Sri Lanka as it copes with the "huge" loss of not having explosive opener Virender Sehwag for the tri-series in the island nation.

The Indian team on Wednesday left for Sri Lanka for the tri-series that also features New Zealand and Kirsten said not having Sehwag, who is ruled out due to a shoulder injury, in the side is quite a blow. The Indians will play their first match on Thursday against the hosts.

Asked who would be opening the innings with Gautam Gambhir, Kirsten said, "We are not sure about the combination. We would decide it on the day of the game. But obviously, missing Sehwag is huge. He is a high quality player and any team would love to have him in the mix. But we have got a lot of depth in the team."

However, Kirsten was quite excited about Rahul Dravid's return to the team after being out for close to two years.

"It's great to have him. With the sort of experience he brings, it's going to help the team. It's great," he said.

A clean-sweep in the short series would catapult India to the top of the ICC ODI rankings and Kirsten said being the best in the world is high on the team's list of targets for the next eight months.