Dravid admits defeat has shaken the team

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Port of Spain:Skipper Rahul Dravid has admitted that the shock defeat to Bangladesh in their opening World Cup match has shaken the Indian team.

Talking to mediapersons after the match late last evening, Dravid said, ''Yes obviously coming into the World Cup it is really disappointing to lose.....It is probably one of the biggest defeats .... I don't know. It is definitely a big disappointment.''

The skipper opined that the middle order collapse cost India the match. ''We could have batted lot better....the ball seamed for longer than we thought it would.'' He went on to add ''The wicket was pretty dry. We thought it would settle down after doing a bit later and we could put runs on board. But it didn't work out like that. We were 30-40 runs short at the end.''

India were bundled out for 191, their lowest total against Bangladesh, and the rivals chased down the target with nine balls to spare.

The skipper said he would consider it a bad dream if India wins their forthcoming games. When asked whether it was one of his most disheartening performance, he said, ''Most....well its right up there with some of the other defeats I have seen as player and captain. Is this the most?.....I don't know. Maye I'll be able to give a better answer after the other games.

''If we win the next two games then I'll forget it as a bad dream.

Our batting line up didn't fire today. Didn't click as we would have liked it to,'' he said.

He was of the view that after winning the toss, the decision to bat was not all that wrong. ''I don't think too many guys felt differently. Every one saw it and said they knew it would do something initially.''

He, however praised the Bangladesh spinners who restricted the Indian batsmen and kept up the pressure. ''You have to give little bit credit to their spinners. We had a quick partnership going between Sourav and Yuvi but then wickets fell in quick succession ..including Dhoni's that cost us.''

He was candid enough to admit that early loss of wickets put pressure on the team. ''We lost Sehwag upfront and they took early wickets that put pressure on the middle order. Things didn't go our way. We couldn't convert the half chances,'' he said, adding ''if we could have got early wickets then we would have had a chance... but that didn't happen.''

''Bangladesh openers played very positively so the run rate was never a problem and the wicket also was getting better'' he tried to expalin.

To a query that the body language of Indian players did not look positive, he said, ''Maybe it looked like that from the outside but it was not a problem inside. Whenever we got together we knew that a few wickets were needed.. the boys gave their best.''

He also gave full credit to Bangladesh for the victory, saying ''Credit to Bangladesh. Their batsmen played big shots and it paid off today. We knew Tamim Iqbal did that...that's the way he plays.

''They have really improved. We didn't play anywhere near our potential. And we paid the price for it.'' Dravid said the job is all the more difficult now as the team faces a do-or-die situation. ''We have got to win the next two games and win them well. The task is cut out for us. The boys have got to knuckle down now they have their backs against the wall,'' he said.

''Everyone will be disappointed by it, nothing much we can do about it. We have to learn a lesson from this game,'' Dravid added.


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