India needs inspiration from past heroics: Dravid

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Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 16:42 [IST]
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Dravid expects India's fightback

Sydney, Jan 5: As Australia find themselves on top in the second Test at the SCG leading by 354 runs, veteran Rahul Dravid feels team India need inspiration from past heroics.

India are 114/2 at the end of Day 3, need another 354 runs to survive an innings defeat after the home side's huge first innings of 659/4 dec.

Unfortunately for India, Rahuld Dravid was bowled out by Ben Hilfenhaus before the end of Day 3, but Dravid believes all is not lost yet with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman yet to bat in the 100th Test played at the SCG.

According to Dravid, team India must take inspiration from the batting heroics against Australia in the past.

During 2001, in the second Test played at the Eden Gardens, India produced one of the greatest comeback win in history as Aussies had a 274-run first innings lead, India posted a massive 657 runs eventually beating Australia by 171 runs.

VVS Laxman was the hero with a smashing 281, Laxman was intrumental again in the fourth Test at the SCG in 2004 when India scored 705/7 dec in their first innings.

Although that match ended in a draw, India batted for nearly two days, with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 248 and Laxman posting 178 with a partnership of 353 runs.

The Big 3 must fire similar runs if they are to have a chance of winning their first-ever series in Australia.

"There's nothing to lose in the sense that we're so far behind now," said Dravid.

"We've just got to go out and play and not even think about drawing the game or anything like that, just go out there to play and bat as long as you can and who knows?

"I think the key for us is obviously to keep them on the field for long periods of time. If we can keep the Australian bowlers and fielders on the field for 100 overs then we can put them under pressure or see some of their bowlers become weary."

Out-of-form opener Gautam Gambhir is not out at 68 and Tendulkar unbeaten at 8, the stage is set for the master blaster to be the hero for India and to bring up his 100th International century.

Dravid feels Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are capable of posting huge totals against the Aussies.

"Every situation is set up for (Sachin). For us and from a team's perspective I hope it happens tomorrow. Obviously that means we would have scored a few runs then," said Dravid.

"Who knows what can happen. We've got some quality players who can bat long periods of time but it's hard to think about two days from now right away.

"We need some inspiration, things haven't worked out but there's still time to go."


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