Yuvraj, Agarkar fit to play in must-win tie
The team management has decided to rest S Sreesanth while Anil Kumble has pulled out.Updated: Feb 13, 2007, 18:51 IST
India received a big boost ahead of the third cricket one-dayer against Sri Lanka with batsman Yuvraj Singh and all-rounder Ajit Agarkar being declared fit for the must-win game which gives some of the struggling World Cup team members another chance to regain their touch.
Yuvraj and Agarkar, who had to sit out of the first two matches of the four-match series, have recovered completely from niggling injuries and sickness to be drafted in the shortlisted 12 for the game which the hosts need to win to keep themselves afloat.
Irfan Pathan, who has still not recovered from a sore shoulder which forced him to stay out of the first two matches, has still not recovered from the niggle and will again be confined to the dressing room.
The Indian team management have also decided to rest paceman S Sreesanth while veteran spinner Anil Kumble has pulled out because of personal reasons.
"Except that Irfan is still not 100 per cent fit, most of the players have recovered well and that is a good sign for us," captain Rahul Dravid said.
"In the last couple of games, Yuvraj had back spasms. But he is much better now and had fielded and batted. He is fit enough to be considered in the 12," said Dravid, adding that Sourav Ganguly, who hurt his thumb while fielding in the slips in Rajkot, was also fully fit.
With the shock five-run defeat in Rajkot still fresh in their minds, Dravid has promised that his team will not make the same mistakes which allowed the Sri Lankans to win the match.