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Dravid defends Kaif-Sehwag, hopes both would hit form soon

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Indore, Apr 14 (UNI) Team India captain Rahul Dravid today threw his weight behind his beleaguered deputy Virender Sehwag and batting colleague Mohammad Kaif and exuded confidence that both the batsmen will soon come out of their bad patch.

Admitting the repeated failure of the top order remains a woe for the side, Dravid said, ''We are little bit worried with that but I hope that the batsmen will soon find their form.'' ''Both Veeru and Kaif are very good players and we know how they have performed in the past. Both of them have proved themselves at the top level of the game and I'm sure they will soon come good. I have full faith in them and no one can write off such players,'' Dravid told reporters ahead of the seventh and final one dayer against England.

''Of course, we have to get the best of them,'' he added.

Sehwag's form has been woeful in the series with a top score of 26 while it's even worse with Mohammad Kaif, who totalled 37 in his last nine innings.

Sehwag was so dejected after the defeat in Jamshedpur, where he was the stand-in skipper, that he sought rest even though he is likely to open the innings again tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Dravid again refused to divulge the playing eleven and said everything would be revealed tomorrow.

On Robin Uthappa's chances of playing tomorrow, Dravid admitted, ''Frankly speaking, I have seen him little. Anyway, we'll announce the squad tomorrow.'' He said keeping in mind the World Cup, the team management and the selectors were doing a good job of blooding youngsters and the team would discover the best composition in the next couple of months.

''I think this is the best opportunity for the youngsters. They must apply themselves and grab the opportunities coming their way,'' he added.

Though India already has the seven-match series in their pocket, Dravid asserted, ''We want to win every match and will try the same tomorrow. I have seen the wicket and it looked good. The boundary, however, is rather small here and you may see lot of fours and sixes here.'' For England, stumper Geraint Jones addressed the reporters and he said though the side had lost the series, it was a good lesson for all the players, especially the youngsters.

''We have been learning things since the Pakistan tour and the process continued here. We could not win the series but there are a lot of positives from the tour.'' Jones also claimed that the team had its eyes set on retaining the upcoming Ashes series and the Indian tour was a good build up for that.

''Our main target is the Ashes series and the Indian tour was an experiment and we have been successful in picking the youngsters,'' he added.

Earlier, Team India coach Greg Chappell, accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) secretary and member of the senior selection committee Sanjay Jagdale, inspected the pitch and then both the host and visiting side had three hours' net session.

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