It is a honour to lead the country, says Dravid

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2000, 0:15 [IST]
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Rajkot: India's most successful batsman in the recently concluded India-Zimbabwe Test series, Rahul Dravid will lead India for the first time as Saurav Ganguly has to sit out due to a suspension handed out by match-referee Barry Jarman for showing dissent in the last match."This is indeed the proud moment and I think it is always nice to lead the side and to serve the nation with the best of your capacity. I do feel honoured though I know that I am only stepping in for Saurav," Dravid told reporters.

He said, "I am aware of the fact that India have lost four matches here and won only one. But, that I would like to win here and I am confident of making it."He said the wicket was a typical Rajkot wicket and promises full of runs and obviously one would like to make as many runs as possible. He also said that the composition of the team hadn't been finalised and didn't say anything about who would replace a specialist batsman like Saurav.UNI

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