Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has brushed aside talks that pacer Sreesanth was rested for the match against Mumbai Indians to avoid a possible confrontation with Harbhajan Singh, saying it was tactical move aimed at managing the workload of players.

Sreesanth and Harbhajan were slated to meet for the first time in an IPL game after the former reopened the ‘slapgate’ wounds with his explosive tweets.

However, Sreesanth was surprisingly left out of the match against Mumbai and in his place spinner Ankeet Chavan was drafted in.

“No there was nothing like ‘Bhajji factor’ (behind Sreesanth’s omission),” Dravid told at the post-match press conference on Wednesday night.

“Sreesanth has played four matches and has performed well. We still have a long way to go and we want to keep him going throughout this long tournament. He can’t play all the matches,” the Rajasthan skipper clarified.

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