Dravid allays concerns about Yuvraj

The Indian captain played down the injury scare to Yuvraj Singh, saying every player in the squad was available for selection.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 17:13 IST

Captain Rahul Dravid on Wednesday played down the injury scare to Yuvraj Singh, saying every player in the Indian squad was available for selection for the crucial fourth cricket one-dayer against England.

"There is no injury problem and everyone is fit and available for selection," Dravid said on the eve of the match.

Yuvraj missed the match-eve practice as he went to a city hospital to have an MRI scan for a pain in his right leg.

"I am aware of that but there is nothing serious. He is fit for selection tomorrow," the captain said.

Besides Yuvraj, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan and the captain himself did not attend the netson Wednesdaymorning.

"We took a break as we are playing a lot of cricket. We thought we will have some light practice and give some rest to ourselves," Dravid said.

Asked whether Karnataka's Robin Uthappa, who has been included in the side will play tomorrow, Dravid said "everyone in the 15 is available for selection. Let us see what is the best combination."

"Certainly the wicket is a good one and I have been playing at the venue for the last three or four games. It has always been a high scoring game in Kochi," he said.

Dravid, who scored 104 in the match against Pakistan at the same venue last year, said "I hope this time also the pitch will produce high scores."

The Indian captain chose to play the cards close to his chest regarding the composition of the team for the match.

"We will decide the composition tomorrow based on what we think will be good," he said.

On the hot and humid conditions in this part of the country, he said "we take all these factors into consideration and try to avoid lot of exposure to the sun and the heat early."

"We will be hydrated very well and be ready to play. It requires lot of mental strength and ability to cope with such conditions," he said.

First Published: Apr 05, 2006 17:13 IST