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'I'm not the last captain to be booed'

"I'm playing since the past 10 years and have received lot of cheers and adulation," said Dravid.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2005 13:18 IST

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid on Friday said he was not the last or the first Indian cricket captain to be booed by spectators after a poor performance by the team.

"That is life and you've got to deal with it," Dravid said in a press conference after India's humiliating defeat against South Africa in the fourth one-dayer played at the Eden Gardens.

The crowd, already angered by former skipper Sourav Ganguly's absence from the team, started jeering Dravid as the team crashed to a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of the visitors.

"I'm playing for India since the past 10 years and have received a lot of cheers and adulation. You get jeers as well when you don't perform but you have to deal with it and move on," said Dravid.

He attributed the team's debacle to the failure of the top order and said: "We will try to correct it. The game in Mumbai will be very important."

The fifth and final game will be played in Mumbai Nov 28.

On the poor performance of Sachin Tendulkar, who Friday became the most capped ODI player, Dravid said: "Sachin is a big player and the law of averages says he will score big runs in Mumbai".

He said bowling second was always a problem and it was not easy to bowl under these conditions (dew factor).

However, he gave full credit to the South African team saying: "they played well and kept the pressure on us".

First Published: Nov 26, 2005 11:38 IST