Dravid blames 'poor batting' for defeat
Rahul Dravid blamed the "terrible batting" performance for India's loss against Australia, saying not playing out the full 50 overs was "criminal".india Updated: Nov 18, 2003 23:43 IST
Stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid on Tuesday blamed the "terrible batting" performance for the team's defeat in the final of the cricket tri-series here against Australia, saying not playing out the full 50 overs was "criminal".
"A total of 235 was easily gettable. We just needed to bat out 50 overs to get to the total.
"But we put up a terrible batting performance when it really mattered in the final," Dravid said after India lost to world champions Australia by 37 runs.
Dravid denied that the condition was not favourable for batting and said "not batting for 50 overs is nothing but criminal."
Admitting that the fielding was below par in this crucial encounter, Dravid said "it was not a good day for us in the field as many chances were not taken."
India dropped as many as six catches with VVS Laxman being the culprit on three occasions.
"Even then the bowlers did a good job to restrict the Australians to 235. But the batsmen let us down," he added.
Dravid admitted that Australia was best side of the tournament and said India needs to do "some catching" up before going for the tour Down Under.
"They (Australia) played well through out the tournament and are deserving winners. We now have to sit down and work on our weaknesses before going to Australia and need to do some catching up."
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was elated with his team's performance and said the performance of "second string" players showcased the depth of Australian cricket.
We are extremely happy with our performance. After losing the first match we came back strongly and capped it off with a good win today," Ponting said.
"It did not matter to us that the top guys were not there. (Nathen) Bracken and (Brad) Williams bowled extremely well and this shows the depth of Australian cricket."
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who won the Man of Series award, said the bowlers had done an excellent job but the batsmen failed to complete the job.
"235 was not a big total. I am quite disappointed, I got out at the wrong time," Tendulkar said.
Left-arm spinner Michael Clarke, who scored a quickfire 44 and also took the wickets of Hemang Badani and Rahul Dravid was elected the Man of Match.