Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- ~~Bowlers will learn from their mistakes~~

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Rawalpindi:Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid was sympathetic of his "inexperienced" bowling attack that nearly cost India the Karachi One-dayer, but admitted it was an area of concern on which they were working.

"Bowling is an area of concern and we are working on it. Ours' is a rather inexperienced bowling attack and I am sure they will learn from their mistakes," Dravid said ahead of the second match of the One-day series against Pakistan. "Not many of our bowlers have played too many One-day Internationals, so obviously they lack a bit of experience." he said giving some leeway to his bowlers, playing on tracks, which have nothing for them.

Asked whether the failure of the bowlers put additional pressure on the batsmen, he said, "Not exactly. On some days we get 350, but when we do not get that total, we hope the bowlers will do the job for us with the ball."

Dravid also downplayed suggestions that left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, who picked two wickets while giving away 75 runs, had performed below par. "Bowling is an area where we can improve. We know what Kartik is capable of. He has done well for us in the past and I am sure he will get back his rhythm."

The vice-captain was pleased with the display of the top-order batsmen. "We have been batting well for the last two months. We had a good tour of Australia. Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Virender) Sehwag have given us good starts and we have capitalised on them," he said.

On whether he found the additional job of keeping wickets a burden, he said, "it is a challenge. After batting for long, to come and keep wickets is tough. But at the end of the day, all the strain is forgotten if you win."

Dravid was all praise for the Karachi crowd, which gave him a standing ovation as he walked down to the pavilion after being dismissed for 99. "The crowd was very appreciative. They responded very well," he said.

The right-hand batsman also said the morale in the side was "very good" after the sensational five-run win in Karachi. "The morale is very good. It is nice to be one-up in the series and we have to keep the momentum going."

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