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India may risk playing Yuvraj in 4th ODI

To ensure that they do not lose their first ODI series in nine months, India may play Yuvraj who is feeling better.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 14:11 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India may risk playing Yuvraj Singh in their do-or-die battle against West Indies on Friday to ensure they do not lose their first one-day series in nine months.

Yuvraj, who was rested for the third match at St. Kitts because of a stiff back, was "feeling better" and team physio John Gloster did not see a problem in him taking the field to bail out the visitors, trailing 1-2 in the five-match series.

However, captain Rahul Dravid preferred to have an open mind on the issue.

"Back spasm is something about which you can't say anything with certainty," Dravid said hoping the break would have helped Yuvraj tide over the injury crisis.

Yuvraj made a valiant 93 in a losing cause in the second match before his back rendered him hors de combat in St. Kitts.

The dependence on Yuvraj is a reflection on how much experience counts in the park even though youth has been the rallying call in the recent resurgence of India.

Since India lost to New Zealand in a triangular in Zimbabwe last September, they have won 19 of the 27 games under Dravid out of which Yuvraj featured prominently in as many as 26 matches.

He scored runs in bulk -- 1,050 with three hundreds and six fifties -- and was feted all around for his three successive man-of-the-series awards.