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Monday, November 28, 2005

Dravid, Kallis on the game

On Cricinfo, close of series comments from Rahul Dravid:
"We've played some really good cricket in the last few weeks," said Dravid, "and it's a satisfying feeling that we could win this game and square the series. All our bowlers bowled beautifully today and the manner in which the spinners responded was particularly impressive. Though these performances have given us a lot of confidence and hope, we're not getting carried away and are making sure we have the long-term plans in mind."

And on crowds, this:
While adding a good word about the Mumbai crowd, Dravid said that the team had endured a tough week in the lead-up to the game. "The ways the boys responded here, in all aspects, is a tribute to them. The crowds have been nice to us in all venues, with the exception of one city, and it's understandably that crowds will not support us when we play badly. The Indian public deserves a good cricket team and expects us to always perform. I'm glad we fought back well today."

Jacques Kallis, meanwhile, standing in for the Proteas skipper, on what made the difference:
I think 240 would have been. It certainly got easier to bat on as the evening wore on. In the afternoon, it wasn't easy to score. We lost a couple of wickets early and had to get the innings back together. But I think it boiled down to the half-chances that we had when we fielded. They certainly weren't easy, but the three or four we put down made a huge difference. We certainly practice enough, so we'd have backed ourselves to take them.

And his take on the Indian side:
They're very strong. Some of the young players have put their hands up and come through for them recently. No matter where you play them, they'll be hard to beat. They're an exciting side.


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