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Sachin will bounce back: Dravid

"He and Sourav have played enough cricket to know these things do happen," said skipper.Will Sachin fail India again?

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 18:51 IST

Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Sunday backed Sachin Tendulkar to bounce back from his form slump and also expressed confidence in his side to rise to the challenge of facing Pakistan in the one-day series beginning in Peshawar on Monday.

Seeking to put up a bold face, the Indian captain said there was no "extra pressure" on his team to perform well in one-dayers in the wake of the defeat in the Test series.

"We are under no extra pressure. It's the normal pressure or anxiety to perform well which is good. We know Pakistan's recent performance against us (8 wins in ten matches) has been good. But statistics don't count much as in one-day cricket the team that performs well on that day will win," Dravid said at a pre-match press conference.

"We do respect the Pakistan team but we also have a young, good side. We are here to play good cricket, learn a few things along the way. It is sort of a learning curve that will serve us well in the future," the Indian captain said.

Dravid said Tendulkar, who has triggered off a debate following his recent form slump, will definitely bounce back in the one-day series.

"Sachin will bounce back. He and Sourav Ganguly have played enough cricket to know these things do happen. When we do not do well there are brickbats and there are praises sky-high when we do well. It's all in the extremes and all of us know how to handle these vagaries," said Dravid.

The Indian captain said that Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had done well in opening the innings and the ploy would be continued though the team had the other options.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 15:49 IST