Dravid urges team to focus on playing good cricket

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Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 11:57 [IST]
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Do not look at the points table: Dravid

Pune, May 9: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said the team should not look at the points table instead they need to focus on playing good cricket after their sixth win in IPL 5.

Dravid urges team to focus on playing good cricket after a comprehensive 7 wicket win over Pune Warriors at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Tuesday.

"I've been telling the team to not look at the points table, and look to play good cricket," Dravid said after his team's seven-wicket win over Pune Warriors here.

"That's what we would look to do over the next four games," he said.

After restricting Sourav Ganguly-led Pune Warriors to 125/6, Dravid's XI had to chase 126 to win, on a wicket that wasn't easy to bat on, according to the cricketing legend Dravid, who retired from international cricket recently.

"It was not an easy wicket to bat on but (Shane) Watson had the power and technique to hit it," the skipper said in praise of the Aussie who struck 90 off just 51 balls at the Subroto Roy Sahara stadium.

Bowlers played a vital role in Rajasthan Royals' seven wicket win, as Shaun Tait was clinical in his approach as he conceded only 13 off his 4 overs and picked up three valuable wickets as skipper Dravid also credited the win to his bowlers.

While Watson finished the job, the bowlers set it up for RR. "Happy about winning, and the way we are playing, I thought the bowlers really delivered for us, as clinical as it gets," Dravid said.

After their sixth consecutive loss, Pune Warriors skipper Sourav Ganguly rued the fact that Warriors couldn't score boundaries as Watson lofted four deliveries to the stands, while Warriors in total had recorded only five boundaries and two sixes, which summed up everything as Pune struggled while Watson used his arm power helped Royals surpass the target within 16.2 overs.

"We were surprised we couldn't get the ball out of the park. 140 could have been a good total on this wicket but even then we had to get Watson out early, unfortunately that did not happen," Ganguly said.

Ganguly also admitted that the team is not in contention for the play-offs anymore, as they have lost too many matches and hopes the team does well in the remaining matches to salvage pride.

"We are out of the play-offs, that is the fact, we have to play well in the remaining three."


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