We didn't deserve win: Dravid
The Indian team captain, however, backed his teammates and humbly took responsibility for the defeat.cricket Updated: Mar 24, 2007 16:39 IST
Smarting under the humiliating loss against Sri Lanka that has all but put them out of the World Cup, captain Rahul Dravid said the Indian team "has not delivered" on its promises and did not deserve to win the trophy.
"It is too early to collect my thoughts. A lot of hard work has gone into it over the last year. But we did not play well in this tournament and did not deserve to go into the second round," Dravid said after the 69-run defeat at the Queen's Park Oval on Friday.
After restricting Sri Lanka to 254 for six, India were all out for 185 in 43.3 overs. The defeat left them with just one win from three games in Group 'B' and only a miraculous win by Bermuda over Bangladesh tomorrow would see them through to the next stage.
"The target was gettable. I am disappointed with the top order. We had an extra batsman but we lost wickets at regular intervals. We needed one big partnership but we did not get that," the skipper said.
"I don't think it was a wrong decision to field first. There was something in the wicket early on. It was the right decision, we bowled quite well."
"We did not have luck upfront as the ball beat the bats a few times, hit the pads a few times."
Dravid, however, backed his teammates even while being humble enough to accept the responsibility for the team's disastrous performance.
"We definitely do take the responsibility. I am not sitting here and trying to shirk responsibility," he said.