India in England 2011 August 17, 2011

My first instinct was I had not hit it - Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has said he was too confused in the heat of the moment to contest the decision that ruled him caught behind off James Anderson in the second innings at Edgbaston. Replays showed he hit his shoelace and not the ball and Dravid said later that he wished he had asked for a review.

Dravid appeared to have nicked a delivery from Anderson in the 16th over and was given out, but he was not convinced by the decision. After a word with the non-striker Sachin Tendulkar, however, Dravid decided against using a review.

"My first instinct was that I had not hit it," Dravid told the Daily Telegraph. "But there was a loud noise, and I couldn't figure out where it had come from. I knew I hadn't hit the ground, or my pad, or my shoe, so it confused me as to where the noise had come from. But I didn't think I had touched it. So I asked my partner and he said there was a big noise. So I had Simon Taufel, one of the best umpires in the world, ruling me out, my partner saying it was out and I myself had heard the noise. I thought maybe it was just one of those instances where I hadn't felt the edge.

"As soon as I got back to the dressing room I told the guys I had to see the replay. I wanted to know where I had touched it [the ball]. I could never have imagined it was a shoelace. It was disappointing because I've been batting well and if I had batted longer with Sachin, who played well in that innings, and if we had seen off Anderson's spell before lunch, we could have at least put up a bigger fight."

It was an odd sequence of play, with the dismissal preceded by Dravid running off the field in between overs. "I rushed off the field because my bladder was full and I wanted to relieve myself. It is an uncomfortable feeling to bat with a full bladder, so I did not want it on my mind."

Dravid has been India's most successful batsman on a dismal tour of England. After he fell at Edgbaston, the rest of the line-up offered little resistance and India slumped to their third-biggest defeat in Tests. The result meant England replaced India as No. 1 in the ICC's Test rankings.

"It's been a hard series for a combination of reasons. The pitches have been conducive to good swing bowling, and also the quality of the England bowling has been superb," Dravid said. "Their seamers have bowled beautiful lengths, and have pitched the ball up. We expected England to be good in this series, but we expected ourselves to be better."

While the rest of India's batsmen, including Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, struggled to deal with the conditions and England's bowling, Dravid managed two centuries in six innings. He said there had been a change in his mental approach to the game since his early years.

"Early in my career, I used to try to block out thoughts while I was batting and that was very tiring. Now I let my mind wander a bit. I recognise that it is wandering and that helps bring me back to reality. I take a couple of deep breaths and that gets me focussed."

While Dravid heaped praise on England, he pointed out they still had to win in India. "You have to do well in conditions in which you haven't done well. England haven't won in India for 27 years, so they have to do that. They've got the team and the skills to do it but it still needs to be done. Hopefully we can stop them from doing that." England will play four Tests in India at the end of 2012.

Down 0-3 in the series, India go into the fourth Test at The Oval with little to play for. Dravid, though, said they were also thinking about climbing back to the No. 1 spot. "Of course we want to play for pride and to show people what we can do. But also the goal now is to get back to No. 1 and for that every Test matters."

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  • dummy4fb on August 20, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Batting Team in the Dressing Room or Captain Should have the privilege of asking for Review. As they will be watching the match closely and they will recognize wrong decisions faster then the tiered, tensed batsman in the middle.

  • LivingDead on August 20, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Since, 2007, India has played (not including current Eng series): Total tests = 48 Away = 26 Against Bang and WIndies = 7

    Lets compare it to England: Total tests = 58 Away tests = 26 Against Bang/Windies = 15

    So India played 54% of tests away, and 85% of them against strong teams. England played only 45% of tests away, and only 74% against strong teams.

  • dummy4fb on August 19, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    the writing is on the WALL :(

  • dummy4fb on August 18, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    dravid must prove himself as a wall for india

  • vsuria on August 18, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @Ashish - Please do not bring up the topic of ODIs between India and Pakistan. This isn't about that.

  • Joby_George on August 18, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Had it be shewag, he would have directly gone for review without even asking the partner.

  • ashish514 on August 18, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @mohsin9975- Where does that argument come from?? It wasn't an lbw decision. And Dravid could take a review but he wasn't sure. And I know, you are aggrieved of Pakistan loosing to India again in the semi final. I see you call India "our team", from which I take you are an Indian. Wow. @Ahmed Hashim- India has won against England in England in 2007, but England hasn't done that against India in India in 27 years. So that still needs to be done by England. They are capable, but India will not be so meek at home, and English seamers will not have the same effect in India. Moreover the spinners will come into play and England has never been comfortable against spinners just like Indians against seamers.

  • vsuria on August 18, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    India may not have been the greatest team ever, but they were no. 1 and so the best team for almost 2 years. It doesn't take a team to be great to become no. 1.

  • vsuria on August 18, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    I think you can say that England is no. 1, and the best team CURRENTLY, but not as great as the great Aussies and West Indian teams. England are nowhere near those teams. For England to be as great as them, they need to win all over the world. They won in Australia, now they need to win in subcontinental pitches.

    I do agree though, that this England team has the potential to do so.

  • vimalkm on August 18, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @Ahmed Hashim : Before I say anything...India were outclassed by England and looked at no point winning any of the Test matches. SAYING THAT: time and again i have typed here is: When India became No:1 its about CONSISTENCY!!! we played in SA drew the series ..won against NZ won against WI...yes the majority was played at home BUT ALL TEAMS PLAY MAJORITY AT HOME!!!!! its how you do it when you go out and we (THOUGH HAVE NOT WON) have drawn series....sure you would know Dhoni has not lost a series before this ...its consitency. Last time Eng was down in India they LOST so thats all Dravid was saying ....PLEASE give credit to a team where it deserves! I am not sure who you support but INDIA acheieved something Srilanka Pak (The other sub continent teams) have never acheieved! 4 series they dint lose thats something to say even if you are playing @ home! This England team is good BUT please mark this they will NEVER win in India. Not because they are bad! BUT Seam YES spin NO no!Thank u!

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