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For Dravid, countdown done

Dravid thinks that the younger bowlers take longer to learn, reports KR Guruprasad.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2007 17:38 IST

As Rahul Dravid sat down for the press conference on Saturday, he probably knew that Sunday’s match brought down the curtains on two years of experimentation with Greg Chappell to find the right combination for the World Cup.

As the team for the Caribbean is to be announced on Monday, Dravid had to field more questions concerning the mega event than about the immediate match. Excerpts from the press conference:

On possibility of two wicketkeepers in the squad, Dhoni and Karthik...

If the second wicketkeeper is a good batsman and if selectors feel he can get in as a batsman alone then that’s an added bonus. If there is one ’keeper and if something happens then I could keep wickets.

On Anil Kumble being out of the loop for a long time...

Anil Kumble has been in the loop. I think its going to be horses for courses. In some matches, Anil and Harbhajan might have a huge role to play. In others, we might have to play only one of them.

On Yuvraj Singh’s injury...

His back injury is unfortunate, but it is not serious. It is just an irritating niggle, which is taking a little more time than expected.

If injuries would cut down on the options...

Things like injuries are not in our control. But, I would rather have a few injuries now than during the World Cup.

About failure of young fast bowlers like Irfan and Sreesanth...

I think the younger bowlers take longer to learn and adapt to the conditions than the experienced ones. Munaf has been one of our better one-day bowlers in the last few games. I hope he gets over the slight injury he has.

First Published: Feb 11, 2007 04:27 IST