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India's stand-in captain Dravid determined to change the script

Pushed into a must-win situation, India goes into Thursday's limited-over international against the West Indies missing three key players.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2002 14:42 IST

Pushed into a must-win situation, India goes into Thursday's limited-over international against the West Indies missing three key players.

But stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid is determined to lead a comeback with a new lineup.

"In one-day internationals, any 11 players should be able to do the job," Dravid said Wednesday.

"Trailing 2-3 with two games of the seven-match series to go ought to be viewed as a challenge and an opportunity," Dravid said, as he prepared to captain India for the third time in two years.

Dravid, 29, clinched victories in both matches in which he replaced skipper Sourav Ganguly, who was undergoing suspensions against Zimbabwe in 2000 and Sri Lanka in 2001.

Dravid is leading the Indian team for the last two matches of the current series because Ganguly is recuperating from a strained back. Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar and left-arm medium-pacer Zaheer Khan are also recuperating from injuries before next month's tour to New Zealand.

That will be India's last outing before the February-March World Cup in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

"We're missing Sachin, Sourav and Zaheer all right, but that's not stopping us from dreaming of altering the script," said Dravid. "If we grab our chances, we can aspire to head for the seventh and final match in Vijawada with the score level at 3-3," he said.

First Published: Nov 20, 2002 14:42 IST