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Team India tight-lipped over Sourav's inclusion

"We haven't thought yet about the playing eleven. At present all the squad members are up for selection," said skipper Dravid.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 17:49 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India captain Rahul Dravid on Tuesday dodged a question whether Sourav Ganguly's name would be in the team list he would exchange with his Pakistani counterpart Inzamam-ul-Haq before the two players go out for toss in the first cricket Test starting on Friday.

"We haven't thought yet about the playing eleven. At present all the squad members are up for selection. We would wait till we see the wicket and then decide on the matter," Dravid told reporters.

The Indian skipper also said his team wanted to play good, 'attractive' cricket to enthuse the fans on both sides of the border.

Asked what had he planned for the upcoming series, the Indian skipper, who was on standby duty as captain in two of the three Tests on the last visit, said the Indian batsmen needed to score big to put rival batsmen under pressure.

"We need to get big scores which can put the Pak batsmen under pressure. This is what we did last time and we are hoping to do so this time around too.

"From a cricketer's point of view, playing good, attractive cricket is what entertains the crowd. This series is one of the most watched sporting events. We want to play good, attractive cricket."

Coach Greg Chappell refused to comment on who would open the Indian innings but said it was a pleasant dilemma.

"We have three very good openers and it's unfortunate one of them would have to be left out. But that's a welcome sign. It's always better to have a dilemma on who to leave out rather than who to include."

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 17:49 IST