Dravid may keep wkts to include extra all-rounder

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2002, 2:13 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Confronted with a do-or-die situation in the fourth One-day International against Zimbabwe on Saturday, India was trying to rope in as many all-rounder's as possible, even ready to sacrifice wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra in this endeavour.Skipper Saurav Ganguly told reporters after the nets that Rahul Dravid might be asked to keep wickets in order to accommodate an extra all-rounder in the team. Though he was non-committal on the final composition of the team, Ganguly said left- arm spinner Murali Kartik and dashing batsman Yuvraj Singh, two of the three players inducted into the squad for the final two One-dayers, might be included in the playing eleven since both can bat as well as bowl. "However, the final decision would be taken later and the team would be announced before the commencement of the match on Saturday," Ganguly said.

Asked about the middle-order, he said, "We are trying to find out where we are going wrong. The team is a balanced one with a good blend of experience and young blood and we will come roaring back into the series," Ganguly said. The Indian team, which arrived on Thursday evening, had a strenuous three-hour session at the nets this afternoon.

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