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Toughest Windies pitches I have played on: Dravid
N Ananthanarayanan, Hindustan Times
Roseau, Dominica, July 05, 2011
First Published: 22:56 IST(5/7/2011)
Last Updated: 12:44 IST(6/7/2011)
Rahul Dravid plays a shot during the fourth day of the second test match between West Indies and India at the Kensington Oval in Georgetown, Barbados.

India have expectedly held the advantage on the West Indies tour so far, but their younger batsmen have come second-best against the pace of Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul on lively pitches.

Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman underlined their class in binding the shaky lineup while the newcomers, barring Suresh Raina, have realised what it takes to consistently succeed overseas.

Dravid, with his century in the first Test win at Kingston, and Laxman, the other batsman probably playing his final series in the Caribbean, with half-centuries in both innings in Barbados, held the innings together. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/06_07_11-metro20b.jpg

However, Dravid, who first toured the West Indies in 1997, felt the younger batsmen should not be judged harshly as the Sabina Park and Kensington Oval pitches were loaded in favour of the fast bowlers.

"It is not easy for young batsmen to come and play on some of these tracks, especially against the hard new ball," said the former skipper, who led the team to a series win in 2006.

"I have been here on four tours and these two wickets were probably the toughest I have played on. People would say the batting hasn't fired as much as we would have liked to. But in the context of the wicket and the series, we haven't done badly."

India's previous two series wins in the West Indies were 1-0 efforts. The visitors could not achieve their maiden win in Barbados but it will be creditable if they can sign off on top against the hosts.

"We want to go out and win the Test without worrying about being safe. Both the tracks we have had were good advertisements for Test cricket. We have seen some runs being scored but it has always been a challenge for the batsmen."


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