Team not short on confidence: Dravid
"When you play against Pakistan you don't need motivation, it's already there," said the Indian skipper.india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 12:48 IST
India captain Rahul Dravid on Friday said his team's 1-0 test series loss to Pakistan had not dampened its motivation for the five-match limited overs series.
"It is not difficult to motivate players for international cricket," Dravid said at the launch of the one-day series that begins at Peshawar from Feb. 6.
"When you play against Pakistan you don't need motivation, it's already there."
Dravid said the Indian team was a young side which would develop for bigger events in future.
"We have learnt a lot from the test series and hope that the lessons help us in the ODIs," he said.
India lost the decisive test by 341 runs in Karachi this week after Pakistan seamers Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Asif captured 14 wickets between them.
Dravid said while the tried and tested pair of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar would open the batting in the limited-overs matches, VVS Laxman, former captain Sourav Ganguly are omitted from the one-day squad.
"We have opened with Sachin and Sehwag in the ODIs and also have Gautum Gambhir, so the tested and tried people are there," Dravid said.
Batsmen Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, and spinner Murali Kartik and fast bowler Sri Sreesanth will replace Anil Kumble, Laxman, Ganguly, Parthiv Patel and Wasim Jaffer in the limited-overs squad.
"When you do a post mortem after a defeat then you get to learn a lot from your mistakes," Dravid said.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq missed the series launch on Friday to be with his ill father, but has recovered from the back injury and will lead the side after missing the third test.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has recovered from a back injury to lead his side in the limited-overs series after missing the third test, missed the launching of the ceremony to be with his sick father.
Allrounder Shoaib Malik is also back in the Pakistan team after missing the third test following the death of his father during the second test, is likely to open the innings in one-dayers.
"With Inzamam and Malik back, we have lot of options available," said Younis Khan, who led Pakistan during the third test in Inzamam's absence and won the Man of the Series award for scoring 553 runs in three test matches.
The Peshawar match will be followed by games in Rawalpindi (Feb 11), Lahore (Feb 13), Multan (Feb 16) and Karachi (Feb 19).
First Published: Feb 03, 2006 18:42 IST