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India may use bench strength against Zim

The regulars will have to make way for the new players, although Kaif, having scored a ton, would like to carry on.

india Updated: Sep 04, 2005 13:12 IST

Having already assured a place in the final, India would be looking to use their bench strength in the inconsequential Videocon Cup triangular cricket series league match against minnows Zimbabweon Sunday.

Bowlers Rudra Pratap Singh and Murali Kartik and batsmen Suresh Raina and Venugopala Rao can all expect a game as coach Greg Chappell is a great believer in giving everyone a feel in the sun on a tour.

It would only be fitting that these youngsters are given a game before they head back home since the reinforcements for the Test series would be arriving early next week.

The four have done very little since arriving in Zimbabwe last month even though Rao had played one and been a Super Sub in another game.

It would mean a few regulars could sit out on Sunday, including the hero of the last match against New Zealand on Friday, Mohammad Kaif.

"Obviously that's an option for us to consider. Though Kaif having got a hundred would like to carry on," Chappell said.

If the new players have to be accommodated and a few regulars given a break, then high on the list could be Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif among batsmen and Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra among bowlers.

First Published: Sep 04, 2005 13:12 IST