Kolkatta: India captain Rahul Dravid will lead the team when it leaves on 7 May, for a cricket tour of Bangladesh, despite nursing an injured nose sustained in practice.
“Rahul is fine,” team manager Ravi Shastri said , adding that he was a tough cookie and one who could brush off the injury.
Dravid was hit in the face by a ball during batting practice Saturday. He was resting on 6 May and did not attend the coaching session.
The Indian team will play three limited-overs internationals, followed by two tests on its tour of Bangladesh. The one-dayers will be played May 10, 12 and 15, while the tests will be held from May 18 and 25.
Earlier this week, India’s top batsman Sachin Tendulkar injured his right ankle during a similar practice session. Tendulkar, who was scheduled only to play in the test matches, has yet to fully recover but has since taken part in some batting practice.
India suffered an upset loss to Bangladesh at the just-concluded World Cup in the Caribbean, hastening the former champion’s exit from the preliminary round of the tournament.
Shastri described the current Indian team a “brilliant bunch,” and said it will prove its worth during the tour. India last toured Bangladesh in December 2004, when the hosts registered their first ever limited-overs international win on home ground, beating the more fancied Indian squad by 15 runs in one of the matches.