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'WI tour a chance to prove potential'

Rahul Dravid said that it is important for the team to do well in the upcoming West Indies tour and correct the record outside the subcontinent.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 09:16 IST

Captain Rahul Dravid said that it was high time the Indian team justified its potential by setting right its overseas record on their upcoming tour of the West Indies later this month.

With the exception of a 2-0 win in Zimbabwe last year, India have not won a series outside the subcontinent since 1986 when, led by Kapil Dev, they beat England in England.

Dravid said the visit to the Caribbean would be an opportunity to correct that anomaly.

"Obviously it is a big challenge. It is important for us to do well and correct the record outside the subcontinent," Dravid said.

"Every international tour is an opportunity to rectify that. Hopefully we can try and fulfill some of the talents we have."

India depart for the West Indies on May 11 and are to play five one-dayers and four Tests from May 18 to July 4.

The captain expected the series to be 'not any easy' and said the West Indies were a bunch 'similar' to India in certain ways.

"They have good batsmen, and talented, young pacers. They are a developing side. They ran us close in the tri-series in Sri Lanka last year," he said.

"They are very much like us, a couple of senior guys and many youngsters. There are similarities."