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Kaif is the best runner: Dravid

India will play their first match in the ICC Champions Trophy against England on October 15 at Jaipur.

October 10, 2006, 5:48 PM IST
Kaif is the best runner: Dravid

New Delhi: Even after the influx of a lot of young blood in the side, Mohammad Kaif was still the best runner between the wickets in the Indian team, skipper Rahul Dravid said on Tuesday.

"Kaif is the best runner between the wickets in the team," Dravid said.

"There is a shuttle run called the beep test in our fitness drill and Kaif regularly comes out on top," he said.

When asked who was the worst runner between the wickets in the team, he jokingly said, "all the rest of us."

Dravid was speaking at a lead-up event for the Delhi Half Marathon to be held on October 15.

He expressed regret that he had not been able to participate in the event thus far due to his tight cricket schedule.

Dravid was playing in the 'Super Test' between Australia and the Rest of the World during last year's race and would be leading India in their Champions Trophy opener against England in Jaipur on the day of the race.

He said he would try to participate in the event next year, but stopped short of making any assurances for the rest of the team.

"I cannot make any assurances for the other players, but I will try and come," the skipper said.

"But we have no chance of winning the race," he conceded.

Dravid said such events showcase Delhi and also raise money for several worthy causes.

"The way this event brings a lot of smiles on the faces of a lot of people is absolutely fantastic," he added.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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