Sunday, March 11, 2007

Dravid's take after the warmup win over Windies

India captain Rahul Dravidsaid Friday's rout of hosts West Indies in a warm-up match had given his teamthe perfect pre-tournament morale boost.Munaf Patel took four for 10, whileleft-armer Irfan Pathan took three for 25 as the Indians skittled West Indiesout for 85 and then Dravid's men comfortably knocked off the target with theloss of just one wicket.
"It was a very good day and we can take a lot ofconfidence out of what was a very professional and clinical performance," Dravidtold reporters."We were playing against the West Indies in their own conditionsand so we can take a lot of confidence and build upon that."Dravid said therehad been a number of key elements behind the impressive display from his side."
The bowlers bowled really well, we took good catches and obviously there weresome not good shots," he said adding that he was particularly pleased with thecontribution of his seam bowlers."The fast bowling will be very critical for usin this World Cup if they can get us the early breakthroughs," he said.Formerskipper and opener Saurav Ganguly was withdrawn from the field after 13 overs to protect an ankle injury and did not bat but Dravid said there was no risk of thebatsman missing the opening World Cup encounter against Bangladesh on March 17."He has a slight niggle, a bit of a sore ankle. With 13 players we had theadvantage of being able to bat someone who didn't need to field and so we tookadvantage of that."With a couple of days rest he should be ok," added Dravid.

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