Sodhi, Harvinder to play in next tie

Published: Monday, October 15, 2001, 23:49 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth (South Africa): Buoyed by two big wins in successive matches, India has decided to give its reserves a chance in its next game against Kenya on Wednesday.

Captain Saurav Ganguly on Monday confirmed Punjab all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi and Railways medium-pacer Harvinder Singh, two players who are yet to get a game on this tour, would be playing in the next match. "Sodhi will get in," Ganguly said at the team's practice session here. "Most probably Virender Sehwag will get a break (rest) in this game." Ganguly said he was keen every member of his team got a game and was psychologically prepared when given a chance. "It is important everyone has fallen in groove and can come in when required," he said. Ganguly did not name the player to be left out to accommodate Harvinder Singh, but was absolutely certain neither he nor master batsman Sachin Tendulkar would sit out. "Both Tendulkar and I would play. There is little doubt about that," he said. Though Ganguly did not commit himself, the omission could be Yuvraj Singh, who is suffering from a viral fever. "We will see how it goes for him," the captain said. Yuvraj, who has looked good in this series, himself hoped that things would work out well for him in this game. The Indians were in full strength at the nets of the St George's Park on a morning of grey skyline and a few dark clouds. Ganguly said he had watched the Kenyans play South Africa in Kimberly on Sunday and it was apparent they were improving. "We would not be taking them lightly," he said brushing aside suggestions that Kenyans were a second-rate competition in this tournament. Anil Kumble, who has made a sensational return to international cricket after a year's lay off because of a shoulder injury, didn't bowl or bat at all in the nets and preferred to have his shoulder exercise done with the help of team physio Andrew Leipus. The drill lasted close to two hours. Tendulkar, who did not get to bat against Kenya in the last match, was the first one to have his batting nets against Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar and thereafter preferred to give Sehwag practice through a bowling machine, followed by a long bowling stint to different batsmen at the nets. Extras:
South Africa crushes improved Kenya

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