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'Batsmen should have finished the game'

Skipper Dravid was critical of his batsmen for not converting their starts into big scores.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 16:42 IST

Rahul Dravid was critical of his batsmen for not converting their starts into big scores. "I think losing a couple of wickets from 149 for two pegged us back," said Dravid after the match.

Dravid, however, denied that his batsmen got ‘complacent’. "It's just that no one stayed till the end. Dhoni and Karthik, like Sachin and Sourav were batting well, when they fell.”

He singled out Kumara Sangakkara for praise, adding that the Indians could have done the same but pointedly backed the under-fire Sehwag, saying, "Sehwag batted well for the period he was there. I am sure he will be disappointed with his shot because it was a good opportunity for him to stay till the end and get the score."

He said India were hamstrung by injuries and it was "too late to rush somebody in" but added that he was happy with the bowling. "They did a good job. Even Sachin Tendulkar was good. We mixed and matched the combination well."

When pointedly asked about Kumble, the Indian skipper remarked that while the leggie bowled a "very good" first spell, the lack of bowling options meant he had to be bowled in the slog and went for runs. That can happen."