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India cannot replace Dravid: de Villiers

abdevilliersNagpur: Rahul Dravid is as important for India as jacques Kallis is for South Africa, said visiting middle-order batsman AB devilliers, insisting that the experienced right-hander’s absence will hurt the hosts in the Test series starting here on Saturday.

“The number three spot is the biggest one according to me. People don’t realise how big a spot that is. A guy like Dravid has stood like a rock under pressure for the Indian side and to lose that is like us losing Kallis. You can’t replace a guy like that,” said de Villiers at a media meet here on Thursday.

His younger teammate and rookie left-arm pacer Wayane parnell too echoed similar views on the absence of Dravid from the Indian line-up for the series opener.

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