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Dravid not pleased with team’s approach

cricket Updated: May 19, 2008 02:08 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan
Hindustan Times
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Perched at the top of the table, Jaipur’s outstanding run — they have won all their six home matches — have made every other team look at them with envy.

On a scorching Saturday afternoon, they swept aside a beleaguered Bangalore team, handing them their eighth defeat in 10 games, their fourth loss on the trot.

“We did not want anyone to come here (Jaipur) and win. We wanted to defend it like a fortress,” said Warne when asked about his team's domination at home.

On the other hand, still struggling to find their feet in the IPL, Rahul Dravid’s team is left to do with nothing but win their remaining four matches and restore some pride. The struggling bunch would do well to pick up a few tips from all the teams that are doing well in the tournament and win back the faith of their fans and franchise.

Even as he refused to comment on the Bangalore team, Warne felt Dravid’s men would bounce back. “Rahul (Dravid) will bounce back. This IPL is new to all of us and a lot of people are still learning about tactics,” Warne said.

“While things have clicked for us it didn’t for Rahul’s team. Bangalore are a lot better side than they seem,” he added.

Remarks like ‘Bangalore played without meaning’ and ‘they are of no use’ by experts as well as fans after Saturday’s loss are something that should spur Bangalore to do better against Delhi on Monday.

Thanks to their unforgettable run in the tournament, it has given rise to speculations that Chief Cricket Officer Martin Crowe and coach Venkatesh Prasad may not be part of the team management next year. “I have a three-year contract. UB bosses may see otherwise over the next 12 months. What is meant to be will be,” Crowe told the Hindustan Times on Sunday.

“Sky TV (for which Crowe is a commentator in New Zealand and also his permanent employers) may not give me leave next year, but I am hopeful."

The former Kiwi opener though admitted that he is disappointed with the results. “I'm hoping things fall in place next year and we deliver the goods.”

Dravid on his part said that he was unhappy with the team’s approach on the field. “I was disappointed with the effort on the field on Saturday. We have talked about intensity on the field. We have lost matches before but had shown intensity. On Saturday, that intensity was missing,” he said.

“You don’t mind losing but the way we are losing is disappointing,” the former India skipper concluded.