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We are keen to settle scores, says Dravid

Indian captain Rahul Dravid says his team had reviewed its stunning loss to Bangladesh in the World Cup and was keen to avenge the defeat in the three-match ODI series.

cricket Updated: May 10, 2007 12:58 IST
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We are keen to settle scores

Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Wednesday said his team had reviewed its stunning loss to Bangladesh in the World Cup and was keen to avenge the defeat in the three-match ODI series starting on Wednesday.

Dravid said that the Indians were not looking to target any particular player from the rival camp, but the opposition as a whole in the series opener at the Sher-e-Bangla national stadium.

"We definitely got to review and look at all their players. We have a bit more first hand information about them now after watching them at the World Cup. I think that should help us," Dravid said at the match-eve press conference.

Draivd did not agree that the Bangladesh tour was a fresh beginning for his team, battered by the shock early exit from the World Cup.

"The media likes to use such terms. I don't see any fresh beginning or end. International cricket is a continuous process."

On how he rated the present assignment, Dravid said "Any assignment is difficult or easy as it is made out to be. I don't say whether some are more difficult and some are less. Each of them have their own challenges.

"It's a good opportunity for us to play well after a disappointing World Cup," he added.

Dravid said he had only a quick look at the picth in the afternoon and it looked to be fast.

"I will take another look on Thursday. But it looks fast with lot of grass on it. I have never had an issue with wickets. It will be the same for both sides. We get to play in different conditions on different types of wickets. That's the challenge of international cricket," he said.

On chances of the rookies making it to the final XI, Dravid said "Everyone who is in the team has a realistic chance. We are going according to the conditions and the quality of the opposition. We are very clear about that. We will try to put the best team on the field to win. So, some have to sit out. Some will be making their debut, some will not."

Local journalists showed keen interest in getting to know the cricketing backgrounds of Manoj Tiwary and Piyush Chawla.

Dravid gave them the details about the youngsters' recent showings in domestic cricket, and termed them as exciting talents.

"There are a few others also in the side who are exciting talents. It seems they have a long term future," he said.

Dravid said Chawla, who had captained India in the Under-19 World Cup, was being groomed for some time.

"This tour is part of the long process. It's part of their learning experience."