Dravid to continue keeping wickets

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/r/rahuldravid3.jpg' class='caption'> Skipper Sourav Ganguly asserted that Rahul Dravid would continue to keep wickets in one-day cricket despite the selection of Dinesh Kaarthik

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Skipper Sourav Ganguly asserted that Rahul Dravid would continue to keep wickets in one-day cricket despite the selection of Dinesh Kaarthik. Kaarthik was named in the Indian squad for the upcoming one-day tournaments including the all-important Champions Trophy in England, fuelling speculation that he might relieve Dravid of his dual role. Back-up plan Ganguly, here for a promotional event for LG, made it amply clear that Dravid would have to continue in his present role and Kaarthik was just picked as a back-up. Asked whether the team management was looking to have a specialist keeper in one-dayers, the Indian captain said that Kaarthik was selected only in case Dravid would to get injured. "Dravid will keep in one-day internationals. If anything we are looking for a wicketkeeper who can bat at number seven. Now that Agarkar is back and with Irfan we have some players lower down the order who can bat in pressure situations, " said Ganguly. Ganguly did not agree with the opinion of Robin Singh, coach of the Under-19 team, that Kaarthik was good with the bat but not a good enough keeper. The Indian captain also indicated that Parthiv Patel, who has been dropped from the one-day squad, would be the keeper in Test cricket. "Parthiv has done wonderfully well in Test cricket," said Ganguly. Tough decisions Ganguly once again expressed his displeasure with the ICC rule that allows for only a squad of 14 players for tournaments such as Asia Cup and Champions Trophy. "There is a problem with the ICC rule. Suppose Rahul Dravid has a bad finger, he is unable to keep but can bat. He is such a key player but with this rule we have no choice but to send him back in order to get a replacement," said Sourav. Asked why Dinesh Mongia, who is enjoying a good run in English county cricket, was not picked for the Champions Trophy which is to be held in England, Ganguly said that Mongia was not picked for various reasons. "We could pick only 14 players as per the ICC rule. We have seven batsmen who pick themselves automatically. He is doing well for Lancashire, unfortunately he had to miss out, " Ganguly added. A well balanced squad The Indian captain also justified the inclusion of Bengal batsman Rohan Gavaskar in the squad of 15 for the Holland tri-series and NatWest Challenge against England. Former Indian skipper Kris Srikkanth, who was also present for the unveiling of the Champions Trophy, said the squad picked was well-balanced. "Looking at the conditions in England, it is an ideal squad. I don't think why we shouldn't win the Champions Trophy with this team," he said. (PTI)

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