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Shastri stands by senior cricketers

Cricket lovers should be a little more patient towards senior players, says Indian cricket team manager Ravi Shastri.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2007 12:18 IST

Cricket lovers should be a little more patient towards senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag, Indian cricket team manager Ravi Shastri said in Kolkata on Sunday.

"Don't forget they are there for 15-16 years and know what to do. Just be patient, give them a little bit of time and then see how they perform," Shastri said on the last day of the conditioning camp for the Bangladesh tour in Kolkata.

"They are not finished yet. I have respect for what they have achieved so far," Shastri said.

On whether he would miss Tendulkar and Ganguly in the one-dayers in Bangladesh, Shastri remained non-commital and said, "I have been given a team. We will go there and play. But we have got a good team in both forms (of the game)."