Team will miss Dravid, Laxman, admits Dhoni

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Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 15:50 [IST]
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Team will miss Dravid, Laxman: Dhoni

Hyderabad, Aug 22: Team India skipper MS Dhoni had admitted that the team will miss the batting stalwarts Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman as they take on New Zealand at Hyderabad on Thursday.

With 22,069 runs between them, Dravid and Laxman were the pillars of India's batting line-up as they have saved and guided India to numerous wins.

For the first time in 16 years, the duo will be missed as they have played international cricket for more than a decade and a half, and contributed enormously to Indian cricket, Team India's batting would lack experience in their absence.

With their domination extending to slip fielding as well, Duncan Fletcher and support staff are finding it difficult to find their replacements, as they accounted for maximum number of catches when compared to the rest of the team.

Apart from these the duo have salvaged pride at many occasions, as they were outstanding against big teams like Australia, South Africa, England and others.

Admitting the same, MS Dhoni also said that the team will miss the services of the two Indian greats as they have announced their retirement from international cricket, as it is very difficult to fill the void created by them.

Though it gives youngsters an opportunity to perform, the void is huge, and the giants cannot be replaced straight away.

"Indian team will miss the services of Laxman and Dravid. However, this also provides an opportunity for the youngsters and I hope they will perform," Dhoni said at the pre-match conference on Wednesday.

When asked about the team's strategies against New Zealand, Dhoni said the team is looking at taking one session at a time, as they are planning to dominate every session.

"We'll look to do the basic things right. It is important to get into the groove. A Test match provides you the opportunity to do so. We'll look to win each session," he said.


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