India Prepare to Start Life Without Dravid, Laxman

Hyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI): A reality check awaits the Indian cricket team as it gears up to begin life without the famed batting duo of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman when they take on a lowly New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series in Hydrabad on Thursday.

Sachin Tendulkar is the only player left of the 'Fabulous Five' brigade after Sourav Ganguly, followed by Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, and most recently, VVS Laxman bid adieu to international cricket.

Now the challenge for India is to overcome the transition phase in the upcoming home season, in which the team would play 10 Tests, 13 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, apart from the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in September.

It is no secret that the mighty Australians are still struggling after the fading away of their cricketing greats. Thus, India's young brigade would be keen to overcome this tough phase with the help of Tendulkar's experience before their real test starts in 2013 when they take on the current No. 1 Test side, South Africa.

Moreover, the Indian team is returning to Test action after a gap of seven months, which was preceded by two disastrous Test series.

After being drubbed 0-4 in England that stripped India off their No. 1 Test status, an identical rout followed in Australia.

The aftermath of the debacle was even more disturbing as Dravid and Laxman, the two important pillars of Indian cricket, retired ahead of the start of the new season.

Their absence would mean that India would be without the two prolific scorers, who had a total tally of 22,069 Test runs in 298 matches, almost after 16 years.


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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 23 2012

    These legends will be missed. Why Sachin still playing? Today he scored 19 runs in 60 deliveries. Do we still need pathetic batsmen like Sachin or it is better to give opportunity to a youngster in the domestic series? Past glories should not be considered for team ion. Need of the hour is to prepare the team for next world cup. Our aim should be to dominate world cricket in all three formats. If Sachin postphones his retirement, then we will be wasting young talent.

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  • Radha Savanth, Pune

    Wed, Aug 22 2012

    Dravid a horrible failure, lucky to be on England score card upto a century,India lost the series but Karnataka people blame Sachin

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Aug 22 2012

    Life will go on. Up and downs are part and parcel of life.

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  • Manish Despande, Mumbai/Venice

    Wed, Aug 22 2012

    I wish any Maharastrian website would have reported this message, selfish Dravid would have bashed with 5 figures disagrees, Laxman a class batsman. Dravid is a lost emperor.

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  • krvin pinto, bahrain

    Wed, Aug 22 2012


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  • haaris, Puttur / Dubai

    Wed, Aug 22 2012

    Dravid ll be really missed .. The ever stylish batsmen... Miss youuu

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