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Rahul Dravid back after two-year gap

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Bangalore, Aug 17 (ANI): Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid is to make a return to one-day international cricket after a gap of almost two years.

After being announced as 'selected' on Sunday, Dravid gave made his first media appearance on Monday after his practice session at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Dravid said that he was quite happy to be back in the team, and hope to do well in the upcoming series.

"Pretty happy to be back. I am looking forward to the tri-series and looking forward to the one-day series. I have been preparing well. So I am hoping that it will go well. I will go out there, do the best that I can and hopefully repay the faith that the selectors have had in me," said Dravid.

The former captain's last one-day international appearance came in October 2007, before selectors opted for a more youthful side with an eye on the 2011 World Cup

The 36-year-old batsman has been selected for India's tri-series trip to Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

The tri-series in Sri Lanka, which also involves New Zealand, will be held from September 8-14, while the Champions Trophy runs from September 22-October 5.

Dravid has played 333 ODIs, and is among the few batsmen in the world to have made over 10,000 runs in that format.

The selected team also includes Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra and Abhishek Nayar. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, August 17, 2009, 17:59 [IST]
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