Dravid wants team to play 'fearlessly'
Dravid says "fearlessness" and "experience" will be India's main weapons as they look to clinch the ODI series against England.cricket Updated: Sep 07, 2007 23:14 IST
Skipper Rahul Dravid on Friday said "fearlessness" and "experience" would be India's main weapons as they look forward to sign off a great England summer of cricket in style with a perfect finish at Lord's on Saturday.
"Fearlessness as much as experience has proved key this series so we will approach it as we have done the last two games," Dravid said on the eve of the seventh and deciding one-day match.
"We really had to fight hard when we had our backs to the wall. We had to script a good comeback from 1-3. After that also I felt that the games were really close a wicket here or a wicket there and the scoreline could have been so different at that stage even."
"We have played well in the last couple of games and had a rub of the green. It has been a good comeback for us in the series. If we can win tomorrow it will be great comeback."
To a query about Saturday's match being the final game at Lord's for himself, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Dravid was not too keen to talk about it.
"You never know what is going to happen in the future. But every time we play here it is a special occasion. The last game of the tour set up very nicely. Some good tough cricket played by both teams. Good competitive spirit."
"It is going to be a good occasion coming to this ground and enjoying. We have played some good one-day cricket here we'll have some special memories of that. We'll look at those memories and get some confidence from that."
Asked which victory the fans back home would cherish most -- the Test series triumph or the one-day series triumph (if it happens) -- Dravid said the habit of winning was more important.
"Winning matters, irrespective of whether it's the Test or one-dayers. It's a bit hard to judge too. One-day is followed strongly but we haven't won a lot of Test cricket abroad and winning in England after 21 years is a huge thing for the supporters as well.
"Just from the congratulations and the response we've got from back home they are really excited about us winning the Test series."