Weather deprived us of full points: Dravid

Published: Sunday, September 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: Despite being rescued by rains in yesterday's ODI against Australia, Indian skipper Rahul Dravid blamed the weather god for the hara kiri batsmen committed and said the team could have fetched full points had the full quota of overs been played in the match.

Rain intervened once again in an India match that was ultimately abandoned. Though India were precariously placed at 35 for five at that stage, Dravid said things could have been different if 100 over play was possible.

''It's not easy to maintain momentum when rains keep coming in.

We restricted them below 250 and if whole 50 overs were bowled we thought that the target was comfortable. But we have no control over weather,'' said Dravid.

''At 35 for five maybe we were lucky to get two points but if you look at full 50 overs, I was disappointed as I thought we could have snatched full points from this tough game,'' he added.

Dravid also said that India lost quick wickets as the team was trying to force the run rate.

''We lost quick wickets because the power play got reduced from 20 to 12. We needed to score fast but maybe we rushed it a bit,'' he said.

Dravid, however, had praise for the Aussie bowlers including Mitchell Johnson who took career best four for 11.

''They kept bowls in the right areas. But it was ideal condition for seamers with rain freshening up the pitch. Mitchell bowled well in right areas and is a positive sign for Australia,'' said Dravid.

''McGrath's bowling is a fantastic lesson to the young bowlers in our team. He can come after 6 months and bowl at right lengths very quickly. It's nice to watch a good craftsman at his art,'' said Dravid.

Dravid said that sending Irfan Pathan up in the order was a ploy that didn't work well last night.

''Sending Irfan ahead was to mix it up with left right condition and give Irfan the license to go all out. But it didn't work,'' said Dravid.

However Dravid also said that Irfan has to find his bowling form back and each performance was being assessed.

''Irfan's bowling is struggling. Sometimes controlling white new ball is difficult. He has to bowl in the right areas whether he is opening bowling or in middle overs. Concern is a strong word for him but we would like him to bowl better,'' the skipper said.

Dravid also singled out McGrath for his tight bowling. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said he was disappointed that weather played a spoil sport again.

''At five for 35 we were in good position to win the game. But it is a shame that weather played part again,'' said Ponting.Ponting was all praise for Johnson.

''Mitchell bowled very well. He was bowling fast and seaming, he has got pace, he is left arm, he can swing it. Just we need to give him more exposure. He will improve with each game,'' said Ponting.

Ponting also praised Shane Watson for his innings of 79 and said he was a player to look out for.

''It was very impressive innings from Shane. He has impressive technique against new ball and he showed he can be very aggressive.He is one of the new guys who have impressed,'' he said.

The Aussie skipper also informed that Johnson, Phil Jacques and Mark Cosgrove would be flying back to Australia tomorrow. He said this was pre-planned by the team management and the selectors and didn't reflect their performance on this tour.

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