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Dravid spoils his own party!

The skipper's decision to put England in after winning the toss will haunt him for a long, long time.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 17:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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It was his party, but he spoilt it.

For Rahul Dravid the third Test against England here was his 100th, a landmark in his illustrious career. Before tea time on the fifth day today when his side collapsed for 100 in a batting display that he himself described as "bizarre", there was nothing for Dravid to celebrate.

His decision to put England in after winning the toss will haunt the Indian captain for a long, long time. It will rank among the most glaring tactical blunders made by a Test captain.

No wonder rival skipper Andrew Flintoff today described Dravid's decision as a bonus. England ran away with the match and tied the series 1-1 after amassing 400 in the first innings which put India on the backfoot.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 17:02 IST