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Dravid suits at the top order: Chappell

Giving credit of India's win to captain Rahul Dravid, coach said that he deserved the top order place due to his past record.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 15:16 IST

Indian coach Greg Chappell gave the credit of India's sensational five-wicket win to centurion captain Rahul Dravid and said it suits the team to have him at the top of the batting order.

"His hundred was awesome as some years ago it was said he couldn't play one-day cricket. He's got better and better and I think he is enjoying the role at the top of the order. It suits to have him at the top for he can play an innings like that," Chappell said showering high praise on Dravid, who did not address the press conference because of day's exertions.

The coach said of late India was seeing a frequent top order collapse and unless the team had someone to score a hundred, the win would not have been possible.

"We needed somebody to get a hundred at the top of the order. Unless we had it, we wouldn't have won today," he said of Dravid's match-winning 105-run knock in the first one-dayer against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Thursday.

The Australian great picked Mohammad Kaif, who struck form with an unbeaten 66 after sitting out four successive games in the past few months, for a special mention.

"He is a very experienced player, who has played well in patches. He deserved those opportunities because of what he has done in the past."

First Published: May 19, 2006 12:26 IST