Dravid, Sehwag flay Lahore pitch

"It was not a fair contest between bat and ball," said man-of-the-match Sehwag.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 17:50 IST

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid and his deputy Virender Sehwag may have made merry on the placid Gadaffi Stadium pitch, but they did not mince words in denouncing the track after the first Test ended in a tame draw on Tuesday.

"Bowlers would not like pitches like these," said Dravid who remained unbeaten on 128 in the match which saw only eight wickets fall over five weather-hit days.

Sehwag agreed with his captain and said even though the wicket was a beauty to bat on, "it was not good enough for international cricket" as it did not allow a fair contest between bat and ball.

Dravid was, nevertheless, happy that India came back strongly after "being under the hammer for the first two days."

"We needed a good batting display and I am happy that Viru and I could provide that."

Referring to his decision to open the innings, Dravid said "we decided that the best side should play and thought that I was the best equipped to come as opener."

Complimenting Sehwag's blazing innings, the Indian skipper said he had the best seat in the house.

"The balls which other batsmen defend, he was hitting to the boundary," Dravid said.

Sehwag, adjudged man of the match, said he was indeed disappointed at not breaking the world record for the highest opening partnership.

"We came to the field for that reason only even though the light was not good," said the cavalier batsman.

Sehwag said he enjoyed playing against Pakistan. "Everybody in the team gets charged up when playing Pakistan."

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq admitted that the pitch was not helpful to the bowlers but said his team did not bowl in the right areas.

"I hope that the wicket in Faisalabad for the next Test is a fast and good one which produces a result," he said.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 17:50 IST