Blame the rain: Dravid

Indian skipper says the revised target in the washed out encounter affected their mindset.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 21:48 IST

Defending his side's batting collapse in the DLF Cup tri-series match against Australia on Saturday, Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said the revised target in the rain-ruined encounter affected the mindset of the players.

"It's always tough for the batsmen as the mindset becomes different. You come out differently for a 50-over game where you play safe. But when rain intervenes and you come out to score 6.5 runs per over, then it changes the whole mindset," Dravid said after the match.

Chasing a revised target of 170 in 29 overs, India were tottering at 35 for 5 in 8 overs when play was called off.

Dravid, however, did praise the Australian bowlers.

"It's always difficult to play the new ball. They bowled in good areas and got wickets," he said.

Dravid also had a word of encouragement for the Indian bowlers for pulling the team back into the match in the middle overs.

"We bowled well today, especially in the 20-40 overs period during which we pulled ourselves back into the match. Harbhajan bowled well and Viru (Sehwag) gave him good support," he said.

However, he expressed disappointment over missing out on opportunities to play a full game for quite some time.

"We had a good knock with the bat the other day and our bowling was good today. But, we have missed the last 6-7 games due to rains and it's quite frustrating," he said.

First Published: Sep 16, 2006 21:16 IST