Leave Oz alone for now
India's unexpected elevation to number two on the ICC Test ladder has triggered a new talking-point: what does the team need to do to unseat the Aussies? Rahul Dravid pours cold water on such thoughts (interestingly, his public statements of late have been calculated to downplay hype, to shift the focus back from the imponderables to the actual cricket).
"This series would be a step towards the destination of becoming one of the best teams in the world and put to test our skills against a tough opponent", Dravid said.
But Dravid made it clear that a victory against Pakistan would not make his team a challenger to Australia as the top ranked side.
"I think both teams know that in order to challenge Australia we need to start winning overseas more regularly. What the Australians have done in recent years is hard to match," Dravid told a packed news conference in the team hotel in Lahore.