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TVS Cup unveiled

India captain Rahul Dravid (left) and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Fleming pose with the TVS Trophy.

India captain Rahul Dravid (left) and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Fleming pose with the TVS Trophy.  

Chennai Oct. 22. Amid much smiles, India's stand-in captain Rahul Dravid and New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming unveiled the TVS Cup for the one-day tri-series at a pleasant function in the Taj Coromandel Hotel here on Wednesday.

Speaking to presspersons later, Dravid said the series represented a challenge for India since it would be taking on Australia and New Zealand, two strong sides. "It is a good chance to test ourselves against them," he said.

Indicating his bafflement over Sachin Tendulkar's form coming under scrutiny after every two failures, Dravid expressed confidence that the master batsman would be among the runs again.

About Hemang Badani, who is on a comeback, Dravid said the left-hander had made runs in the domestic and `A' tours, and was hungry for more.

Fleming admitted that he would miss Nathan Astle, who was well equipped to bat in the Indian conditions. He, however, hoped that star player Chirs Cairns, eager to perform, would fire.

On switching from Tests to ODIs, he said: "the adjustments have to be made. The trick is how quickly you do it."

There was an audio-visual show about the two-wheelers from the TVS Motors during the function. Harish Krishnamachar, Vice-President (Marketing), TVS Motor Company, was present on the occasion. The Victor man of the match and man of the series awards are worth Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 50,000 respectively apart from the trophies.

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