• The chairman of the national selection committee K Srikkanth said that Rahul and Yuvraj will be missed but is hopeful that their replacements will rise to the occasion.

    The Indian team go into the Test series against the South Africans with gaping holes in their usually solid middle-order. With Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh out of action, the inexperienced pair of Murali Vijay and S Badrinath will be under pressure to deliver.

     

    The chairman of the national selection committee K Srikkanth, in an interview with The Indian Express, says that the mainstays will be missed but is hopeful that their replacements will rise to the occasion. Excerpts:

     

    The top two Test teams in the world are facing each other. Will the contest live up to the hype?

     

    It is going to be an exciting series. A well-fought contest where one will see two good teams facing a great challenge.

     

    Rahul Dravid will not be playing due to injury. How do you think it will affect India's chances?

     

    Any team will miss a guy of

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  • With a place in the ODI playing XI almost set in stone, Virat Kohli believes that his achievements so far are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Tattoo wrapped around the length and breadth of his left arm, Virat Kohli rocked onto the back-foot and pulled Punjab fast bowler Luv Ablish with furious velocity, as the ball left his bat faster than it had arrived. The sound of leather meeting the sweet spot of the willow forced the West Zone team — practicing in Kohli's square-leg area — to take evasive action and shroud their heads in cover, well after the ball had zoomed past them.

     

    During Kohli's 40 minute hit in the North Zone nets on the eve of the Duleep Trophy semi-final between the two teams in Rajkot, the home side was constantly on the lookout as Kohli unleashed his fury, almost with venom and the internal strife to prove a point. Just like his pull shot, everything has fallen in the right place for Kohli in his short international career as success has come thick and fast for the

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  • VVS Laxman, who is just seven short of crossing the 7,000-run mark, spoke to The Indian Express about the pressures of playing in only one format and about fitting into the dressing room.

    Of late, VVS Laxman has pretty much become the invisible man of Indian cricket. While he has notched up half-centuries quite regularly, it's easy to miss his languid grace in a line-up that now bristles with aggression and intent.

     

    Having last represented India in a one-dayer more than three years ago, and with India's few Test matches sprinkled between generous doses of limited-over competitions, the 35-year-old middle-order mainstay has been reduced to cameo appearances in whites these days.

     

    Laxman is, however, looking forward to the coming year when, if all goes according to schedule, India will play 12 Tests - including the ongoing series against Bangladesh.

     

    The batsman, who is just seven short of crossing the 7,000-run mark, spoke to The Indian Express about the pressures of playing in only

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