'Sachin's dismissal put pressure on me'
Rahul Dravid said the early dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar did put him under pressure but he relied on his perfect "tuning" with VVS Laxman.india Updated: Oct 09, 2003 00:16 IST
Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravidon Wednesdaysaid the early dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar did put him under pressure but he relied on his perfect "tuning" with VVS Laxman to pull the team out of the woods.
Dravid, who cracked an unbeaten 110 in the first innings against New Zealand in the first Test match here, also told reporters after the day's play that he was keen to make the most of the opportunity he got and was confident of scoring his fourth century against the Kiwis.
"There was a little bit of pressure after Tendulkar got out and we needed a good partnership at this crucial point.
"But I have been playing alongside Laxman since my junior days and I knew we could come up with a partnership as our tuning always matches with each other's game," Dravid said.
"When I started playing a slow game, Laxman speeded up his game and vice versa and it helped us to come with a good partnership," Dravid said when asked about their sucessful association on the ground.
The duo had scripted a historic partnership to help India snatch a Test victory against world champions Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in early 2001.
On the Sardar Patel wicket, Dravid said it was a good track to bat though a bit slow . However, he hoped that the wicket would crack so that it would help the Indian spinners later in the match.
"The Kiwi seamers were restrictive in the first two sessions and moreover the outfield here is not one of the quickest. They bowled to a plan and I think we should have got another 30 to 40 runs as our target was around 280 on the first day", Dravid said.
On debutant Aakash Chopra's knock of 42, the Karnataka star said it was a good effort and he was playing the new ball bowlers well. "With a little more experience he can improve".
Scott Styris, who got the prized wicket of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, said he was reasonably pleased with the bowling and it was always "great to get a batsman of his class out cheaply."
When asked whether the Kiwis had a specific game plan to get Sachin out, the allrounder said "we have a strategy for all the players and it would be wrong to single out any one."
"Though it is a fantastic batting wicket, it is beginning to break up. Our seam bowlers did pretty well to restrict India's run rate," he added.