Gamble to play two spinners paid off: Dravid

Updated: 27 August 2007 14:04 IST

Indian captain admitted that he gambled by playing two spinners on a flat pitch and a small ground but it worked as Piyush Chawla picked three wickets.

Gamble to play two spinners paid off: Dravid

Bristol:

Indian captain Rahul Dravid admitted that he gambled by playing two spinners on a flat pitch and a small ground but it worked as Piyush Chawla picked three crucial wickets to lead India to series-levelling victory against England.

"We took a bit of a gamble there," said Dravid, after India beat England by nine runs in the second one-dayer.

"We knew there were small boundaries, but it was one of the areas we had suffered when we did not have wickets at the Rose Bowl in the middle overs. I think we took crucial wickets. We needed them (bowlers) to defend even a total like 329 in this ground," he said.

Dravid, who was declared Man of the Match for his superb 92 ahead of Sachin Tendulkar who scored a majestic 99, lauded the efforts of young Chawla, who removed Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and England skipper Paul Collingwood.

"He is a young kid. He played all his cricket outside India where the pitch and conditions do not suit his kind of spin bowling. He's got a terrific attitude for an 18-year old, he always wants the ball and looking to bowl to good batsmen, looking to set aggressive fields," Dravid said.

On the fitness problems to some of his key players, Dravid conceded that things were not as serious as they were made out to be.

"Sachin was fit enough to play the game. He spoke to me in the morning and he felt comfortable. Only Zaheer (Khan) we felt was not fully fit for the game. There was a bit of doubt about Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) as well, but he went through the training in the morning and felt good."



Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
Related Articles
PCB Not to Follow PHF, Won't Boycott Cricket Ties With India
PCB Not to Follow PHF, Won't Boycott Cricket Ties With India
Credit to BCCI For Encouraging Cricket in Country: Sachin Tendulkar
Credit to BCCI For Encouraging Cricket in Country: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Bats For Two Balls, Two Pitches in Single Match
Sachin Tendulkar Bats For Two Balls, Two Pitches in Single Match
Show Comments
Advertisement