India looking to solve fifth bowler problem: Dravid

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

Having paid a heavy price for the lack of a quality fifth bowler, India are making their part-time bowlers put in more hours at the nets.

India looking to solve fifth bowler problem: Dravid
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Colombo:

Having paid a heavy price for the lack of a quality fifth bowler, India are making their part-time bowlers put in more hours at the nets in an effort to tide over the long-standing problem. Captain Rahul Dravid admitted that his side was taking the issue of fifth bowler seriously and was now trying all it could do to plug the loophole for the remaining matches of the cricket tri-series. "The fifth bowler hasn't bowled well but we are hoping that Sehwag, Yuvraj and Sourav could bowl better in the next two games," Dravid told reporters on the eve of India's last league match against the West Indies at the Khettarama Stadium. "If you have noticed they are bowling a lot in the nets these days. The more they bowl the better they will get," he said. India have lost both their matches against Sri Lanka largely on account of some poor batting and the fifth bowler giving away too many runs. The stylish middle order batsman also hoped that the conditions in Colombo could produce a different result for his team. India were beaten in both the games by Sri Lanka despite running them close in Dambulla. Dravid said he was not daunted that the hosts achieved wins even when their stalwarts such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Zoysa were missing. (PTI)

Topics : Cricket Rahul Dravid
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