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Dismissing Dravid is a hard task: Windies coach

Published: Sunday, July 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Jamaica:West Indies coach Bennett King admitted that dislodging Rahul Dravid has been the biggest headache for his team even as he praised the Indian skipper on reaching the milestone of 9000 Test runs during the fourth and final Test against West Indies here.

Dravid is only the third Indian batsman to reach the milestone when he was on 19 in India's second innings.

On a pitch where every other batsman struggled to stay at the wicket, leave alone scoring, Dravid was unbeaten on 62 to keep Indian hopes alive in this Test.

''To average 50 odd in Test is not easy and obviously he is regarded among the top batsmen. Dravid has been doing very well the whole series. He has shown how to bat on this pitch. We have some work to do,'' said King.

''It is his technique that stands different from the rest of the batters. He plays the ball very relaxed, plays it under his chin and so is in less trouble. Every time he hits it comes from the middle of the bat. Dislodging him has been the biggest headache for my team in this series,'' the West Indies coach added.

Harbhajan Singh, who took five wickets in the West Indies first innings and was instrumental in India getting crucial 97-run lead, was also fulsome in his praise of his skipper.

''He is a champion. Every team will like to have his kind of batsman in the team. He is something special, whenever we need someone to stay at the wicket and get runs he is always there. It's great inspiration to see him fighting there and scoring those runs for India,'' said the Indian off-spinner on Dravid's contribution to the team.

Regarding the outcome of the match, the Punjab bowler said a lot would depend on how India play on the third day.

''It is very hard to comment who would win. But we have good chance. Kumble and Dravid would like to get as many runs as possible. It would be challenging for us as it won't be easy to get them out quickly again and again,'' said Harbhajan.

Harbhajan also said his 19th five wicket haul was very satisfying.

''I wasn't bowling differently, I was just working hard keeping the ball in the right areas. I'm happy with what I have done but the biggest challenge is now. We want to win the series.''

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