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India may give seniors a break

India might opt to rest a few senior players in the second league match against Bangladesh.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2003 11:22 IST
Saibal Bose
Saibal Bose

India might opt to rest a few senior players in the second league match against Bangladesh, in the TVS Cup on Wednesday.

Zaheer Khan, who strained his hamstring while bowling in the match against South Africa on Sunday, will miss out and could even be rested for the last league game against South Africa on Friday.

Zaheer bowled only 4.5 overs in India's 153-run win over South Africa and had to leave the field due to the strain. Skipper Sourav Ganguly filled in the slot and returned figures of two for 30.

In absence of physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, Zaheer is being looked after by trainer Adrian le Roux. Team management feels Zaheer can do with some rest. With India on a roll, having won the first two games easily, they want the strike bowler to be completely fit for the final.

Le Roux and Zaheer visited Bangladesh's Australian physio John Gloster on Monday morning. Gloster informed the player that his injury wasn't serious.

The physio will conduct a thorough check-up after taking permission from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials. Aavishkar Salvi is certain to replace Zaheer, and should open the attack with Ajit Agarkar.

Ganguly might also decide to take a break on Wednesday. Playing with a stiff back, Ganguly scored 75 against South Africa. In case he takes a break, Abhijit Kale should become India's fourth debutant in this tournament.Ganguly would also want to spend more time with wife Dona and daughter Sana, both of who will be leaving for Kolkata on Wednesday.

The Indians skipped practice on Monday, preferring to go shopping instead. Off-spinner Sarandeep Singh, however, chose to train with coach John Wright in the morning. In case Harbhajan too wants a rest, Sarandeep should get a game.

First Published: Apr 15, 2003 00:01 IST