Jaipur, 19 September
The Champions League Twenty20 competition is Sachin Tendulkar’s swansong as a Mumbai Indians player but Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid says that it still doesn’t make the teams’ match set for 21 September anything special.
“Yes, Sachin is a great player and we have played against each other and also as team-mates but I feel that there is nothing important in this match. It would be a challenge for us but it should be seen only as a match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians,” Dravid told reporters here, adding: "I hope we face them in the semi-finals too.”
Asked if this tournament could be his last too, Dravid said that he had not yet taken a call on that. “I have still not decided. I wish to concentrate on this tournament,” he said.
Talking about the inclusion of left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh, acquitted in the spot-fixing case, Dravid said that his team would decide on that in a day or two.
“We are thinking of a replacement for Siddharth Trivedi, who has been banned for a year. Harmeet was called a couple of days ago. He has been practising with us but we still have to decide whether to include him. Moreover, it would be the decision of the management,” he added.
Dravid avoided answering questions about S Sreesanth and the others found guilty of spot-fixing. “Investigating agencies know the facts better than we do. We don’t have the information that they have and we have played well even when we’ve been without the controversial ones," said the skipper.