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Dravid is pretty big wall, says King

The West Indies coach was all praise for the quality and example Dravid has shown for his batters in the final Test match at Jamaica.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 14:46 IST

West Indian coach Bennett King says he wants to get rid of Indian captain Rahul Dravid quickly on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test to entertain hopes of first series win for his side in a long time.

"Dravid is a pretty big snag, a pretty big wall. If we can get through him and the rest, our batters can bat on most surfaces on their day," King said after his side trailed by 225 runs after the second day of the intriguing match.

"Players who are committed can score as Dravid has shown. This is the occasion when our players can stick their hands up and make West Indies come up with a rare series win. This is their backyard."

King was all praise for the quality and example Dravid has shown for his batters in this match.

"He has been very good throughout this series. You don't get an average of 58 plus for nothing. He is regarded as one of the better players in world cricket.

"His technique is very good, he plays the ball very late and watches it as late as possible. (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni was bowled off a similar delivery. But Dravid played that one from the middle of his bat."

King, on the other hand, criticised the approach of his batters and blamed the new ball for causing the maximum damage to his team.

"The new ball did too much damage today. The bounce is uneven, it is kicking up shoulder high from a shortish length. Some balls are keeping low," King said.

"Looking back would not do any good and we have spoken about what needs to be done in the second innings."

The West Indian coach, however, patted Daren Ganga for Lara for their effort and expected their other teammates, who he said showed flamboyance, to take lessons from them.

"I thought Ganga showed a lot of application. Brian (Lara) was going along nicely till he got a ball which reared on him from a good length. They showed good application and I am sure some of those lessons would be learnt by other players.

"Most of the West Indian batsmen showed flamboyance when they needed to stay and graft for runs on such a kind of wicket.

"After lunch we thought there was no point in hanging around. You have to take your opportunities off the ball to score. The need was to pick the right one, may be a few of them picked the wrong one."

King praised his fast bowlers but cautioned that one needed to keep a close watch on Jerome Taylor who had already picked eight wickets in the match.

"Our bowlers have bowled most of the 180 overs on the first two days and taken 16 wickets against that quality of opposition. It is creditable.

"But we need to be careful with the likes of Taylor and Fidel Edwards. They are only 21 and history shows that most of the fast bowlers get injured before they are 25."