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Bhajji to give Rawalpindi ODI a miss

"Unfortunately, Harbhajan hasn't recovered fully and he did not bowl in the nets," said Dravid even though he ruled out sending the offie back.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 17:40 IST

Trailing 0-1 in the five-match series, Team India captain Rahul Dravid exhorted the bowlers to come up with new ideas even though spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh is almost certain to miss the second one dayer against Pakistan on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, Harbhajan hasn't recovered fully and he did not bowl in the nets," said Dravid even though he ruled out sending the offie back.

"Keeping in mind that there's lot of cricket to be played in this series, he's going to stay on. Besides, we have a cover for him in Romesh Powar," Dravid said.

The Indian captain also acknowledged the fact that his bowlers needed to pick themselves in order to be more sharp and accurate.

"We have a young and inexperienced bowling attack. So we have to come up with new ideas. We have to be a little better that what we have done so far," said Dravid after his team had a good working at the Pindi Cricket Ground this morning.

Asked whether he could be more flexible with his bowling atack, Dravid said it was a bit difficult to do that.

"It's difficult to be flexible in the bowling as much as we can with our batting. We still tried by opening with Sreesanth and with Irfan Pathan bowling his 10 overs on a trot."

Meanwhile, missing from the net session on Thursday were coach Greg Chappell and Sreesanth.

"Greg Chappell and Sreesanth are down with sore throats and did not participate in the nets. They both are resting for a day. They shall be fit by tommorrow," explained Dravid.

A Powar, who is here as a cover for the injured Harbhajan Singh, took active part in the nets by rolling his arm over and having a good hit.

Asked for his comments on the Pindi wicket, Dravid said that the wicket had been rolled and watered so it's hard to judge as of now.

"But I don't think it will play any different from the previous game," he added.