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'Robin's success has increased options'

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said that he had not envisaged a long term role for himself as an opener and was glad the debutant made his mark.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 20:07 IST

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid on Saturday said that he had not envisaged a long term role for himself as an opener and that the success of debutant Robin Uthappa has thrown up a few more opening options for the team.

Dravid said some of the experiments that were tried against England were necessitated by injuries and lack of form of some players and they had paid dividends as in the case of the opener's slot.

"We are looking at options (for the opening combination) and will see if it goes well. It will depend on how it goes (on a particular day). We will see what's the best combination for the side," the captain said after India's seven-wicket win in the final one-dayer.

"Some of the experiments have been very neccesary due to injuries and lack of form. We are also trying to be flexible."

Dravid praised Uthappa for his knock of 86 and gave credit to the entire team for the 5-1 series win.

"He (Uthappa) played well today. It was a good start, good pace and good foundation. It was disappointing the way he got out," Dravid said at the post-match conference.

"It was a great finish. 290 was a good target to chase and to have done that is satisfying."

"I cannot really single out any name. Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Uthappa, Sreesanth and Pathan... The number of names I mentioned reflects that it is a team effort," he said.

Dravid said the team did miss Sachin Tendulkar but the break would help the Mumbai batsman be in good shape for next year's World Cup.

"Sachin is a great player and will always be missed. But it is good that he got operated early after his injury which will make him completely fit for the World Cup, and his absence also gave opportunities to some of the new faces," he said.

Dravid said Yuvraj Singh, man of the series, and Mohammad Kaif were no more juniors in the team.

"They have become responsible and seasoned. They are senior members of the team in every way."

It was third man of the series award on the trot for Yuvraj who made three half centuries against England.

"I am happy. It has given me a sense of responsibility. I am still improving," said the Punjab left hander.