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It was a hard fought innings: Dravid

Dravid said it was his eagerness which cost him his hundred rather than a lapse in concentration when he was bowled for 98.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2005 14:07 IST

Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid said he was satisfied with his performance after he narrowly missed a century against Zimbabwe in a "hard-fought, grinding innings" on Wednesday in the second Royal Stag Test.

Dravid termed his 98 as difficult and grinding, also frustrating but in the end satisfying for what it did for the team which is now in a position to win the Test as well as their first overseas win in 19 years.

"It was one of my most difficult innings, a hard fought one, a grinding one of sorts."

"It's not an easy wicket to bat on. It's stopping a bit more, seaming a bit more and if the bowler hit the right areas, there is lateral movement."

"The wicket seems to have firmed up since the first day and it's not an easy wicket to play your shots on."

Dravid termed it was his eagerness which cost him his hundred rather than a lapse in concentration when he was bowled for 98.

"It was disappointing as it would have been a nice hundred to have. More than the concentration, it was my eagerness which cost me my hundred. I probably went across too much and hurried on to my shot."

Dravid said unlike Bulawayo, it was a different wicket and he needed to adjust his methods accordingly.

"It was a very different wicket from Bulawayo which was flat and where you could trust yourself a bit more. But still, it was equally satisfying here," he said.

"However, even when their change bowlers came, they bowled the good right areas and there wasn't much breathing space till after lunch."

"We lost a few wickets and we needed to bat on and put up a decent score on the board. So I had to play differently."

Dravid praised Heath Streak for the quality of his bowling and said he needed watching all day.

"He wasn't easy to negotiate at any point of time, especially with the second new ball when he bowled a searching spell."

Dravid picked up a catch in Zimbabwe's second innings which gave him three in the match and an overall tally of 127 catches, the best among Indians and on way to overtaking Mark Waugh's tally of 161 catches.

"Greg Chappell and Ian Frazer have focused very hard on fielding. We have taken some good catches and hopefully we would keep doing it," the vice-captain said.

"It's important when you get chances you need to hold on to it, especially against good teams."

Streak, who took career-best 6 for 73, praised his team-mates for his unprecedented success and said he concentrated on bowling on one side of the wicket.

"All of us bowled well and created pressure on the batsmen and I would think it helped me as well. I concentrated on bowling on one side of the wicket," he said.

First Published: Sep 22, 2005 14:07 IST