All eyes on Sachin as West locks horns with South

Published: Monday, February 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad:Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar will be cynosure of all eyes in the high voltage contest when West Zone takes on Rahul Dravid led-South Zone in the Duleep Trophy match at the newly-built Visakha stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Ahead of Pakistan series, the match provides a perfect arena for the Indian cricketers to hone up their skills with the two star studded teams locking horns and looking for a good competitive match.

Sachin Tendulkar, who had a tennis elbow and has been passing through a lean patch with no major scores under his belt will be leading the West Zone which also has Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar having fitness problems.

West Zone, after losing to North Zone, will be looking for a good match as skipper Sachin sums up: "this is a major opportunity for the youngsters and a big practice match for us ahead of the big series (against Pakistan).

"This is a match before getting into a big series. This is a first class match and we cannot take it easy. Youngsters have to make best use of the match," he said.

On the opponents strengths and weak points, Sachin said: "I'm not bothered about what's on the other side of the coin. What matters most for me is our performance and we will try to give our best."

West Zone coach Paras Mambhrey said that the boys were working hard and will be trying to give a good performance.

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