Focus on preparing hard for Pak series: Dravid

Published: Friday, February 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Refusing to hazard a guess on the outcome of the upcoming cricket series against Pakistan, India vice-captain Rahul Dravid today stressed on the importance of preparation and practice.

"The series is one month away. There are couple of domestic matches and it is very hard to predict about a series so early," Dravid told reporters here.

"I think it is important to focus just on preparing well and concentrating on practice and working hard. Once the series comes closer, then one will have a better idea of preparations, tactics and strategies to be adopted," he said after visiting a photo exhibition on the tsunami disaster.

"What we are doing now is playing domestic matches and training in fitness rather than worrying about a series which is more than a month away," he said.

Asked about the packed international calendar for cricketers which gave them little scope to play in domestic competitions, Dravid said "ideally we should be playing more domestic matches. (But) you have got to be realistic. You have got to understand that so much of international cricket is being played today, there are ten teams in the world...," he added.

"It is not only us. All over the world, people are not able to play that much of cricket at home. In early days there were'nt so many matches, they were'nt so many teams, it was possible for people to go back and play domestic cricket.

"But today lot of cricket is being played. The number of days people spend away from home is more. You have to understand that the number of games have also increased,"Dravid said.

Asked how much toll it took on the players, he said "Each one has to strike a balance of his own on how much he can play, realise what he can and can't play, decide and monitor his own fitness... in the end it is for the individual to decide".

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