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We don't rely on Rahane and Shah, says Dravid

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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 16:31 [IST]
 
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Bowling at the death is a worry: Dravid

Jaipur, Apr 24: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid feels that his team's bowling at the death overs is cause of concern after his side were comprehensively beaten by 46 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.

"We had the game in control till the 13-14th over, but in the last seven overs things slipped out of our hands. It has happened before also, the bowling in death overs is still a big worry for us," Dravid said after the match.

Dravid also praised Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers, who posted a 122-run stand for the fourth wicket. The skipper was critical of his fielders but did not blame his bowlers.

"I can't blame the bowlers, they are inexperienced but they have been trying hard. You can do little when the likes of (Tillakaratne) Dilshan and De Villiers are playing. I would not take away the credit from them as they batted very well to post a formidable 189 for 3," Dravid said.

"The fielding was poor. We did not drop too many catches but we certainly could have fielded better," he added.

Asked about Rajasthan's dependence on opener Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah, Dravid replied, "We have been batting quite decently in all our eight matches and I don't feel we rely heavily on Rahane and Shah only," said Dravid, who scored a 42-ball 58 in the losing cause.

"When you are chasing a big total of 190 you have to play shots and you might fall 30-40 runs short. It becomes tough to chase the extra 35-40 runs which we gave away," he insisted.

Dravid also indicated a possible change in the side with Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait waiting to play his first game in IPL 5. The retired former Indian captain is eagerly waiting for the arrival of Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Shane Watson to provide stability to the side.

"We are also pondering over to play Shaun Tait. Sreesanth is another option, but I am not sure whether he would be available to play as he has been ruled out for at least two weeks.

"We have good bowlers in Pankaj Singh and Kevin Cooper. Ajit Chandela and Gajendra can be good options, but they all are rather inexperienced. I feel our attack would have a settled look only after Watson lands here.

"We are expecting him to be in India by April 29 and most probably he will play against Delhi on May 1, if he is fit and not wary of a jet-lag," Dravid added.

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