Dravid plays down dew factor

The skipper says India have to take things into their hands in the event and not depend on chance, reports Kadambari Murali.
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Updated on Oct 26, 2006 11:20 AM IST
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None | By Kadambari Murali, Motera

Throughout this event, there has been a certain emphasis on the importance of the toss because of the dew factor in day-night games, but Indian skipper Rahul Dravid suggested on Wednesday that more was being made of it than need be.

“I don’t think any team can be used to playing under dew, nobody has cracked it but while it does play a part and you have to look at ways to counter it, I think you can’t use it (as an excuse). It plays a part in the game, whether it affects the outcome, I don’t know. You just have to take it into account, that’s all.”

He said India had to take things into their hands if they wanted to progress in the event and not depend on chance. “We are ready for the game and can only focus on what we can control,” said Dravid, adding that the batsmen had spent the last four days here working on staying at the wicket.

He also admitted it had been a year of change, one that had seen several highs and lows, and hoped that coping with the changes would be the making of his men. “Exactly a year ago, we were actually going through a difficult period. We had struggled in Lanka and Zimbabwe, and in October we were playing the then No. 2 team in the world, Sri Lanka, at home.

“From there on though, we had a great run. And now, again, we’ve gone through a tough time in the last couple of tournaments and while we wouldn’t like it to happen, we can learn from those lessons and hopefully bounce back.”

India are likely to play an unchanged XI from the game against England. Dravid, who said he picked his team based on conditions, said he wasn’t overly worried about “premeditating the conditions” instead of just going by who his best 11 were. “I think it could be a danger but you need a balance of both. You can’t keep a blindfold to conditions, say they don’t exist.”

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