Being the wall in front of and behind wickets is no big deal for Dravid

Published: Saturday, August 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Doubling up as wicketkeeper in One-dayers is something he is enjoying, said Rahul Dravid, who firmly believes that needs and demands of the team must always come first.

"I am enjoying," he said when asked about his dual role, on the sidelines of a function in Bangalore. "I know now; I have been doing the job for more than two years. I know that I will be doing it; it is nothing new for me."

Skipper Sourav Ganguly made it clear earlier this month that Dinesh Karthik would keep wickets only in case of an injury to Dravid in the coming three One-day tournaments to be held in Holland and England.

Asked if it's high time India went in for a specialist batsman-wicketkeeper in One-dayers, Dravid said that's for the selectors to decide but hastened to add that he would not like to comment on it.

"At the moment, I have been asked to do the job. I am quite happy to try and do my best. I know the needs and demands of the game. I know that the needs and demands of the team must always come first," Dravid said.

"So, if the captain and management feels that the team needs me for wicketkeeping, I will try and do my best; I will practise and hopefully not make many mistakes."

On the 'tiredness factor' as he has to bat as well as keep wickets, he said in 'very hot, humid, sweaty and tough conditions' in Asia, "you have to struggle a bit".

"But that's one area where I have improved and worked on fitness. But in countries like Holland and England where the weather is 'good' and 'very kind', the twin role does not put as much physical strain as in the sub-continent."

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