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Tough to fill Sachin’s spot: Dravid

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   Mumbai, October 29, 2013
First Published: 01:01 IST(29/10/2013) | Last Updated: 02:14 IST(29/10/2013)

As Sachin Tendulkar prepares to walk into the sunset, a question mark remains over who will take over the No. 4 slot in the India line-up. Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels it will take some time to fill the void left by Tendulkar’s retirement.

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“There are some good, young, talented players. When you look at what Virat has been able to do in One-day cricket and even in Tests, it is quite exceptional. You have got a Virat or a Rohit, Rahane, Raina, so many of these young guys pushing for slots. It is going to be interesting to see which one of them can hold onto a permanent slot for a while,” Dravid told reporters at a promotional event here on Sunday.  From little  master to little maestro

“India’s one-day batting is as good as I have ever seen it. It’s sensational, the top six, seven they have at the moment. So it is just a question of some of these young guys being able to fill in,” he added.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/10/29_10_13-pg27b.jpg

However, Dravid is still not sure of the young players’ ability to step into the breach that Tendulkar will leave. “It is not going to be easy to fill those shoes. I don’t think we should expect people to come straight away and become the next Tendulkar. The creation of Tendulkar took a long time as well. So you have got to give people time.”


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