‘I was very happy with the team’
Rahul Dravid said in Dhaka on Wednesday that he had received enough support from the team during the World Cup. The Indian captain was responding to a question on statements made by four of the five national selectors in a sting operation that Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had not supported him during the tournament.
"To be honest with you, I felt I had as much support as I needed," Dravid said, though he did not name Tendulkar and Ganguly. "I was very happy with the team that I had and the support that I had. Other than that I really don't know what it is and what it is all about."
Dravid also praised new cricket manager Ravi Shastri but said it was improper to compare him with Greg Chappell in such a short time span.
"You can't go around comparing. People expect that in one or two days there will be tangible differences and we will be able to do a markedly different thing. I don't think it changes," Dravid said.
"At the end of the day, it is preparing people to play well. Earlier, Greg and his staff also tried to prepare us to play the game to the best of our abilities. They tried to prepare us to play good cricket. That's what this coaching staff is also doing," Dravid said.
Shastri was appointed as stop-gap cricket manager after Greg Chappell quit following India's dismal show in the World Cup.
The lanky former all-rounder took over the reins of the team at a five-day conditioning camp in Kolkata before the Indian players flew to Banlgadesh for the ODI series and Tests.