Dravid gets paternity leave, returns home

Published: Sunday, April 26, 2009, 12:57 [IST]
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Dravid flies home on paternity leave

Cape Town: Bangalore Royal Challengers received setback with their inform batsman Rahul Dravid returning home as he is expecting his second child soon. Sources said Rahul Dravid won"t be able to return to South Africa in the middle of the tournament.

Former Indian captain has been the best batsman this season for Bangalore with 144 runs at a strike-rate of 135.84. Dravid's absence will be big setback for Royal Challengers as the team had lost three out of the four games they played.

Dravid had been expected to miss a part of the IPL on paternity leave, and it was one of the reasons team owner Vijay Mallya gave for replacing him with new recruit Kevin Pietersen as captain for the second season.

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