Dravid admits of being outplayed in 1st Test

Published: Monday, March 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Nagpur:Team India captain Rahul Dravid today admitted that England had outplayed them and the hosts had their backs to the wall throughout the Test match.

Speaking to reporters after India had salvaged a draw with he and opener Wasim Jaffer playing a major part, Dravid said he was, however, happy at the way the team fought back from difficult situations during the match.

Dravid did not want to put blame on his bowlers, saying that the wicket was slow and got slower as the match progresses making batting easier. He said ''they will have to look at how to get 20 wickets in the next Test at Mohali.'' ''Hopefully the wickets in Mohali and Mumbai will have more bounce as traditionally they have it,'' Dravid said.

On the audacious late charge made by Indians to try and get to the victory target, Dravid said they looked at the situation at tea time and decided that they might as well give the Englishmen a bit of a scare.

''But scoring at eight runs per over was always going to be difficult.'' Dravid added that this Test did have some positives for them to take, like fighting back from difficult situations and being able to bat out the last day which is always a tricky situation on any wicket.

He also praised Kaif and Kumble for their batting in the first innings as well as Jaffer's knocks in both the innings.

''Wasim earned his place in the team with some good consistent domestic performances and I hope this kick-starts his career where he can be a consistent contributor to the team, as he has excellent temperament'' Dravid said.

The Indian captain also dismissed the view that England have the psychological advantage over India to go into the second Test in Mohali, saying he does not believe in such things and feels both the teams will take something out of this game.

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