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'Defeat against Kiwis a collective failure'

Published: Friday, November 7, 2003, 20:02 [IST]
 
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Cuttack: India's stand-in captain Rahul Dravid described his side's defeat against New Zealand in the TVS Cup tri-series cricket match here as a "collective failure" but also blamed the dew factor for his team not posting another 25-odd runs on the board. "I don't want to blame the bowlers or batsmen. When we win, it's a victory of the entire team. Similarly, our defeat is due to the failure of the entire team," Dravid said at the post-match press conference here.

"It is due to the dew that we failed to score another 20-25 runs. The dew factor has indeed played a crucial role. Even when we fielded, our bowlers could not grip the ball properly as it was moist," he said. "It is not easy to bowl in these circumstances," he said. Dravid said the four- wicket defeat to the Kiwis has made the next two matches of his side very vital.

"We have to put up a better performance in the next two matches at Bangalore and Hyderabad."We have to play well in these games if we are to make the final at the Eden Gardens on November 18," he said. Dravid defended his decision to play three spinners saying that he was guided by the low bounce of the wicket.

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