No dearth of batting talent in Team India

Published: Sunday, April 25, 2004, 19:27 [IST]
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New Delhi:After Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid who? This question may be rankling the fans of the game but not vice-captain Rahul Dravid who thinks the Indian team would "probably get better" when the trio hangs its boots.

With the three batting mainstays of the team in their 30's and expected to retire about the same time, there has been general concern about who would they pass on the baton to.

But the 31-year-old Karnataka batsman said he was "not worried at all" and felt Indian batting was in safe hands of the youngsters.

"With youngsters like Yuvraj Singh, Aakash Chopra and Mohd Kaif around I am not worried about the second line of batting," said the stylish right-hander.

"I don't think anyone is going to miss us. The young batsmen that have come up are really good -- Yuvraj scored a century when given a chance. Chopra has developed well as a player. Hemang Badani, Rohan Gavaskar and Mohd Kaif have proved their talent in whatever limited opportunity they havehad.

"I am not worried at all. The youngsters keep us seniors on our toes. The team will probably get better when we retire," said the affable Bangalorean.

Asked to comment on his below-par performance with bat whenever he has captained the side, he said, "it is too early to make a judgement whether it affects me. You are not thinking about being the captain when you are batting. You are only a batsman while facing the ball. I don't think there isany pressure of captaincy. I hope (my batting record as a captain) improves."

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