Dravid, Inzamam slam fixing allegations

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Inzamam-ul-Haq and Rahul Dravid reacted sharply against speculation that bookies might have influenced the 2-2 score in the Indo-Pak ODI series.

Dravid, Inzamam slam fixing allegations

Lahore:

Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Indian vice captain Rahul Dravid reacted sharply against speculation that bookies might have influenced the 2-2 score in the Indo-Pak ODI series. 'Gentle Giant' Inzamam bluntly told a reporter, who raised the question at the post-match press conference on Sunday, to "shut up". At another interaction with the media, Dravid lost his cool when a reporter asked him a similar question, thundering, "Will someone take this man out of the room".Betting and match-fixing allegations have often plagued Pakistani cricket. The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit has been keeping a vigilant eye on the high-voltage Indo-Pak series.A good game Meanwhile, talking about Sundaya€™s match, Dravid said he had been determined to stay on the pitch till the end of the game. a€œThe guys at the top of the order set a scorching pace. It was just a question of batting through till the enda€. Lauding Mohammad Kaifa€™s unbeaten 71, Dravid said Pakistan gave up the fight when India needed just 20-25 runs for the win. a€œThey tried hard, but once we saw their strike bowlers through without any damage, they knew we had to make the mistakes for them to have a chance." Wednesdaya€™s Match On Pakistana€™s prospects for Wednesdaya€™s match, captain Inzamam said while he and the coach had been working on the bowling, the bowlers would need to shoulder more responsibility themselves. On the other hand, Dravid seemed keen to play out the teama€™s best. "We didna€™t play our full potential in the finals of the World Cup and the tri-series in Australia. I hope we can pick ourselves for Wednesday's game". On his batting position, Dravid said, "I enjoy batting at number five. The fact that Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) and Kaif bat behind me has helped me a lot. They run well between the wickets which suits my game". Looking undaunted by the pace being generated by Pakistani fast bowlers in recent matches, Dravid said as long as the ball was hit in the right direction the speed of bowling did not matter. (PTI)



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