|Player:||RS Dravid, VVS Laxman, KD Karthik, PP Ojha|
|Event:||India in New Zealand 2008/09|
DateLine: 6th March 2009
On loan to Canterbury for their four-day match against Central Districts, starting at Mainpower Oval today, the word from Indian management was that none of the four test players – Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman, Dinesh Karthik and Pragyan Ojha released to New Zealand domestic teams would be speaking to the media.
Canterbury coach Bob Carter said Dravid is fits in well in the new camp. "This is quite a unique situation and a lot of the boys have already come to me and talked about the great things they're seeing from him in the nets and I think he's enjoyed himself at our practice today."
With Peter Fulton in the New Zealand A team, which play the England Lions in a four-day match at Lincoln starting tomorrow, Dravid will occupy his usual spot at three in the batting order of a Canterbury team keen to turn their limited overs form into results in the longer version of the game. The defending champions are pointless after the first four rounds of the competition, but did produce some encouraging performances in the State Shield and Twenty20.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik and Pragyan Ojha will play club cricket in Christchurch on Saturday. So far not required for India's Twenty20 and one-day matches against the Black Caps, the pair will go head-to-head on Hagley No3, with wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik, who is playing for Riccarton against Ojha's East-Shirley team. Backup to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Karthik will remain for the test series, while left arm spinner Ojha heads home.