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'Wall' vulnerable to 'Pigeon'!

Rahul Dravid, who is playing his 100th Test at Mumbai, says McGrath is hot to handle.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 14:05 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The only bowler in the world Rahul 'Wall' Dravid fears is champion Australian seamer Glenn McGrath whose nagging off-stump line is too hot for even the ever so solid Indian skipper to handle.

Dravid says he is comfortable against most of the bowlers in the world but for the Australian pace spearhead, nicknamed Pigeon by his teammates.

Asked which bowler was he vulnerable to, the Indian captain had no hesitation in stating, "Glenn McGrath. I'm generally sure where my off stump is, but against the bounce and relentlessness of McGrath I never know."

Dravid modestly confessed that he did not consider himself to be in the league of players like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

"I don't feel in that company," he was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph.

"I feel I've made the most of my talent but the Tendulkars and Laras and Pontings have skill levels in a totally different league.

"People love to watch them. I'm not saying they don't like to watch me. But it's a totally different experience," he said.

Dravid said he was happy to take backstage and allow "strokemakers to express themselves".

"I know my role is to spend a lot of time at the crease and wear the bowlers down to allow the strokemakers to express themselves. My 95 at Mohali did that which gave me huge satisfaction," he said.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 14:05 IST