Just another series for us, says Dravid
The Indian skipper Rahul Dravid says his young team is 'well prepared' and is looking for a series win in Bangladesh.Updated: May 28, 2007 14:07 IST
Hours after landing in Bangladesh for their first cricket assignment after the World Cup fiasco, Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Monday sent out a strong message to the rivals, saying his young team was “well-prepared” and would settle for nothing less than a series win.
“We are well prepared for the series. I think we will have a good series. It is definitely like any other series, we are here to win,” Dravid said after arriving in Dhaka.
India will play three ODIs followed by two Tests, during the 23-day tour. Dravid did not see the current tour as a revenge series after India were upset by Bangladesh in the recent World Cup match resulting in their first round exit from the mega event.
“We are not here for revenge,” he said. Complimenting Bangladesh for their recent performance in the World Cup, Dravid said the Indians were hoping to face a quality opposition.
“They are playing well. And we hope to face good opposition. (But) our team is also in good shape. We had a good camp. It was intense and successful.
“We have a blend of youth and experience and some of the senior player have been rested. The players are looking forward to performing well,” he added.
The team is not scheduled to play practice matches and would straightway face the home side in first ODI on Thursday. Dravid said acclimatisation would not be a problem as the weather conditions in Bangladesh were quite similar to India.
“We are used to the conditions here, because the weather is almost the same as in India,” he said.
Team Manager Ravi Shastri said the players were ready to play “hard cricket” in the next one month.
Tight security for team
Dhaka: A tight security cordon has been thrown around the Indian cricket team which arrived here on Monday for the a three-match one-day series against Bangladesh starting on May 10.
Policemen lined the entire route from the Zia International Airport to the team hotel, where a large number of police personnel have been posted.
Apart from the police, the Rapid Action Battalion, commandos and plain clothes detective department sleuths are also guarding the team hotel where entry has been restricted.