It'll be Sriram or I, says Ganguly

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2000, 0:15 [IST]
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Sharjah: Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid is out of the ongoing Coca Cola Cup tri-series and will be replaced by Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Mohammad Kaif who is reaching here on Wednesday, a day before India play Zimbabwe in the second phase league.''Dravid is out of the tournament with a broken finger,'' skipper Saurav Ganguly said after the nets here this afternoon and coach Aunshuman Gaekwad informed that Mohd Kaif is flying in on Wednesday as a replacement for him.Dravid was seen with a bandaged ring finger of his left hand. The doctors are to examine Dravid who opened the India innings against Zimbabwe instead of Ganguly and scored 85. It is likely that S Sriram will play in the eleven in place of Dravid.

Asked about any change in the batting order, particularly in the opening slots, Ganguly said, ''We will have to think about it. It has to be either S Sriram or me.''The Indian skipper had said after the second match that he did not wish to open here as, ''I have not got runs in this ground.'' He had, however, made it clear that he would not bat in the middle order in other places.Regarding any change contemplated for Tendulkar, both Ganguly and Gaekwad said, ''We have not asked him.

We have not even given a thought to it.''Leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who missed the last match with a bruised shoulder, may miss the next match as well. ''We will not like to risk him as we have a long series ahead,'' the skipper said. Though Vinod Kambli was also seen watching the catching practice of his teammates with a bandaged left arm, Ganguly said, ''He has a bruised arm, but he is fit to play.

''Ganguly attributed the less number of runs in the initial 15 overs to the outfield at the Sharjah Cricket Ground. ''It has to do with the wicket and the outfield,'' he said.The Indian coach said a conscious effort was being made to give less number of extras. ''As long as we keep it under ten, it is good,'' Ganguly added. UNI

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