No must-win situation for Rajasthan yet: Dravid

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Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 17:15 [IST]
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Royals have nothing to lose yet: Dravid

Jaipur, May 2: Rajasthan Royals may have slumped in the last four matches, but their skipper Rahul Dravid feels his side has nothing to lose yet and have not reached a must-win situation in the ongoing IPL 5.

Rajasthan's recent loss came against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday to slip to the sixth spot in the teams standings with eight points in 10 games.

But with six games remaining, Dravid is positive that a win will get his team back on track.

"We have six games left and I don't think we have reached must-win situation. First we want to win one and get back to our winning momentum which we have lost for a while. We are looking one match at a time. A win will put us back on the road," the Rajasthan skipper said at the post-match press conference.

"In the previous edition 16 points were enough to reach the play offs but who knows a few rain curtailed matches could change the whole scenario. I don't look at the table but we wish to win every game," Dravid added.

Dravid blamed his batsmen for the loss against Delhi, "It was a combination of good bowling (by Delhi Daredevils) and bad batting (by Rajasthan). We were going well at one stage but suddenly 4-5 wickets fell and there after we could not recover," said Dravid, who scored an impressive 57 and along with Ajinkya Rahane(42) added 71-run opening stand.

Dravid refused to play the game when asked whether Rahane's reverse sweep led to the downfall of the batting order.

"No, I would not like to blame anyone. You have to be positive and take few chances too. We were well placed at that moment but lost few quick wickets. We were looking for 170-180 score which could have been competitive. But we did not bat well," he said.

Dravid also praised young Delhi left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, who finished off with impressive figures of 18/4.

"The youngster really bowled well. He stuck to his discipline and line but there were poor shots too. We were trying to increase the pace of the innings," he said.

Asked whether Australian import Shane Watson was fit and had recovered from jet lag, the Rajasthan skipper said, "He had participated in practice session and was bowling well. With injury to Kevin Cooper we had to include an all-rounder in the team. Shane will improve with every match.

"You know about his capabilities. He can be destructive."


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