Bangla series has put us where we belong: Dravid

Published: Monday, May 28, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Indian skipper Rahul Dravid yesterday said India had proved their strength in all departments of the game and there is no meaning in regretting about the past.

Talking to the media after India wrapped up the Test series against 1-0 within three days, Dravid said, ''The World Cup's happened. You can't look at something else to salvage something else. The past is behind us and there's nothing we can do about it.''

''We were here to play some good cricket. Get some rhythm, form, confidence back. I thought we did that. We played well in the One-dayers and the Tests. And we did it in tough conditions,'' he said.

He also lauded his bowling attack for their tremendous effort in dead Bangladesh pitches.

''It was a great effort on part of the bowlers to bowl 95 overs in these conditions. We adjusted to the wicket really well. Having batted on it for a long time we figured out what line and length to bowl. That was important as the Kookaburra ball gets older and softer.

We knew that the new ball was going to be critical. Getting it into the right areas was going to be very important as well. All our bowlers, especially Zaheer, did a great job,'' said a jubilant Indian skipper.

Youngsters showed a lot of character: On the performance of the youngsters since one of the objectives of the tour was to test India's young talent pool, he said, ''They applied themselves well. There were a couple of injuries which gave us more scope to play youngsters. They've promise. Now it's a question of learning, playing more, and getting opportunities. But it'll take time. We have to show patience and perseverance with them.''

Dravid also lauded debutant Ishant Sharma for his attitude saying, ''He was impressive. For a young kid with not many first-class games under his belt, he showed he's got the right attitude and has got the tools of the trade. Like Zaheer said, there's a good crop of young bowlers. RP Singh was a revelation on this tour. The two of them (Singh and Ishant) might not even have got an opportunity if not for injuries.''

''It enlarges our pool of fast bowlers and gives us an opportunity to try and keep most of them fit. In the season ahead we need all of them to be fit so that even if someone is injured the team is not affected that much,'' he added.

Opening it right: On whether openers Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Kaarthick had given him enough confidence to be picked up for the England tour, he said, ''We'll get some chances to see them in the couple of side games when we go to England. They've given me confidence. Wasim's comeback has been good for India. He's got some big scores, some low scores.

The challenge for him would be to be consistent, put a string of good scores together, which is what a good opener should do.'' ''Dinesh I think hasn't put a foot wrong in the last three games.

He shows character, attitude, hunger, desire. He's already started thinking ahead about what the challenges are going to be in England,'' he added.

When quizzed whether he expected the Test to finish in three days, Dravid said they did not have any specific plans in mind about finishing it in three days or four days.

Bashar is not the first to make mistake: When asked about Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar's decision to field first after after winning the toss, Dravid seemed philosophical, saying, ''Who hasn't looked back on a toss. I have been down that road too. As captain there are times when you think you could have done something differently. Hindsight is a beautiful thing. Habibul is not the first one to make a decision and wonder about it and won't be the last one. Obviously their decision gave us a great opportunity to pile on a big score and put them under pressure.'' Dravid also ruled out any excitement among his boys considering that the hosts were weak.

Keeping things in perspective: ''I don't get excited by most situations. My belief is to keep things in perspective whether it is victory or defeat. We will take some heart from this win, some positives. We know there are some tougher challenges ahead of us.'' He also added that their main focus in this tour was to get their batting and bowling in good form and they have achieved what they wanted to.

When asked to compare Greg Chappell with Ravi Shahstri, the 32-year-old Indian skipper said, ''It's not fair to compare coaches.

Each individual is different. Greg did his job for a long time.

Ravi has done it for one series. All I can say is I've enjoyed working with Ravi.'' However, he said that the conditions will be totally different in England as the pitches will be more lively and bouncy unlike here in Bangladesh.

''The conditions are going to be different. The series is going to be played a month later.''


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