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'Defeat will not take away sheen'

Skipper Rahul Dravid said taking on arch-rivals in back-to-back matches would be a tough task but a loss would not take away India's glorious run.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 20:32 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Captain Rahul Dravid on Monday said taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in back-to-back matches at the fag end of a season would be a tough task but a loss would not take away the sheen off what the Indians have achieved already this year.

"Two performances cannot take away anything, it is people's perception. Our performance still stands even if we lose these two games, we have taken good strides in this past season," Dravid said on the eve of the first one-dayer of the DLF Cup series.

India have not lost a one-day series this season - winning against Sri Lanka (6-1), Pakistan (4-1) and England (5-1), and drawing against South Africa (2-2) -- and have a 17-5 win-loss record going into the competition.

The captain expected the matches, played to raise funds for last year's Kashmir earthquake victims, to be as close as during India's visit to Pakistan two months ago.

"It is a one-day competiton at a new venue. We start afresh. The series that we won in Pakistan were all very close matches. We expect similarly close games here," he said.

Dravid said the players have to keep in mind the larger picture of playing for charity to lift themselves up for the two matches on the trot.

"It is going to be a challenge, it is not going to be easy. We hope that the momentum that we have built will take care of these two matches as well." More

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 20:32 IST

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