India face NZ, minus Dravid and Laxman
NEW DELHI, India (AP) — India will embark on a future without batting stalwarts Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman when they play a two-Test home series against New Zealand starting tomorrow.
Dravid announced his retirement in March, while Laxman made a surprise announcement last week despite being named in the 15-member squad to take on the Kiwis in the series starting in Hyderabad.
The stalwart middle-order pair quit international cricket after being blamed for eight consecutive defeats in away Tests against England and Australia, resulting in the team losing its number one ranking. The New Zealand series will be valuable preparation for the visits of England and Australia later in the season.