Dravid heaps praise on Dhoni, Karthik

Published: Friday, May 11, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:India skipper Rahul Dravid on Thursday praised Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthick for their matured batting under difficult conditions, but expressed concern over the top order failing to fire yet again.

''The partnership between Dhoni and Karthik, I think it was a really special partnership we have seen today (Thursday). The conditions were difficult and after fielding for 47 overs and Dhoni having kept wickets, while Dinesh having run around,'' Dravid said at the media conference after India completed a five-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

''Under those conditions, their batting was exceptional.

The way they controlled the innings, not taking many risks and at the same time rotating the strike. They kept the run rate within one or two hits away and when they needed the boundaries they got them,'' Dravid said.

Dhoni remained undefeated on 91 and added 107 runs during a sixth wicket stand with Karthick to lead India to victory after the visitors were sutruggling at one stage on 144/5.

On the top order coming a cropper, the Indian skipper said, ''We need to bat a little well at the top. We should not have lost as many wickets as we did, but I am quite happy and I am sure as the games go on, the top order will fire.''

Asked whether he found the victory satisfactory, Dravid said, ''Yes. But there are some areas we can get better at and do better at.'' However, he hastened to add that it was to his boys' credit that they got to the victory from a difficult position.

''To come from a position we were in and to win is a huge credit to the boys and the way they performed. As you said a win is a win and we will take it. It was a hard fought win, there were really tough conditions out there. We probably got the rough end of the conditions,'' he said.

Dravid agreed that the Indians needed to improve their fielding. ''Fielding first is not really going to be easy in these conditions and then having to chase a score of around 250 against three quality spinners, whose strike rates are very low. It is a credit to the boys for the way they stuck at it,'' he said.

''But yes, we can do better in that department and we expect to better in that department irrespective of the conditions.'' Praising Bangladesh, Dravid said, ''They are playing some good cricket no doubt. Having put up those kind of total as today they would have definitely beaten a few around the world in those conditions.''

On the decision to promote Dhoni, he said, ''It was done in view of the target we had to chase and also the conditions. We knew that the ball comes on to the bat early when it is new.

''Dhoni, if he gets set, has got the ability to think and he does not play in just one fashion. He has got the ability to change gears, to change the tempo of the game, play according to the situation and that's a fantastic gift to have at such a young age.

''Sometimes it takes a lot of experience to learn these things and he has got that and we would like to use and that he gets as much opportunities as possible,'' he said.

Dravid said Dinesh Karthik has been inducted in the team as a batsman because of his potential. ''He has shown enough ability and promise with the bat to be considered as a batsman.''

On playing five specialist batsmen in the coming matches, Dravid said that will depend on the conditions.


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