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Lack of experience hurt us - Dravid

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May 18, 2011

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Rahul Dravid tries to carve over the off side, Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Chennai, May 4, 2011
Rahul Dravid is confident of a better Rajasthan performance next season © AFP
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Rahul Dravid has said the lack of experience in the Rajasthan Royals squad hampered the team's performance but was confident of a better show in the next season. Rajasthan were top of the table midway through the season but four straight defeats have put them out of contention for a play-off spot.

"Our side has got a little bit of inexperience," Dravid said on Tuesday. "There are 10 teams and at the end of the day other teams probably had more experienced players in this competition." While most of the other franchises picked up at least a dozen players in January's auction of top cricketers, Rajasthan were content with buying only six players with international experience and building the squad with lesser-known Indians.

Even a victory in Rajasthan's final league match, against Mumbai Indians on Friday, won't lift them above sixth spot. Dravid, though, said there were bright spots for Rajasthan in the campaign such as the performances of 20-year-old Ashok Menaria and 22-year-old Ajinkya Rahane.

"We have some youngsters doing well for us. We can improve next year," he said. "Happy to see some young players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria come through ... they have shown a glimpse of what they can do. Rahane has done well for Mumbai in Ranji and domestic cricket while Menaria has done well for Rajasthan."

After the IPL, Dravid's next engagement is the West Indies tour, with the Tests starting June 20. One of his career highlights was leading India to their first Test series win in the Caribbean in 35 years when they toured five years ago, and Dravid hoped the team could repeat that success.

"We won the series there last time around, but I hope we will do better this time," he said. "If the West Indies play their full strength side, they will be a tough team to beat. But it will be interesting to see if they have their full side."

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Posted by D.Sharma on (May 21, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

Well what do you know? Dravid has a high SR than Tendulkar and Kallis.

Posted by   on (May 20, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

well the main problem with rr was the bad form of taylor. also they did'nt have any bench strength bcoz of the 2 million cut they sufferred just before ipl auction

Posted by indianpunter on (May 19, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

@balu bhat.. Speak for urself, mate!! And your ignorance is obvious. Not blissful anymore.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

RR has the weakest team in ipl in bowling and also a chain of inexperienced players compared to the other teams.So what rahul said is absolutely true.People should comment on this remark and not about anything unnecessary.Discrediting a player who has served India for the last 15 years honestly on meaningless remarks shows the stupidity of those who criticize him.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

RR should have tried this team Ajinkya Rahane,Shane Watson (as openers),Rahul Dravid (at one down ),Ross Taylor,Ashok Menaria,Pinal Shah (middle order),botha/Shaun Tait,shane warne,deepak chahar,trivedi. still one one slot is emmty in tht slot thy would tried some allrounder.this team is the combination experienced and inexperienced candidates.

Posted by varunvm on (May 19, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

A team with Shane Warne,Shane Watson, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, J. Botha and S. Tait is less with experience? Dravid is trying to defend the poor form of some all these players in this ipl with this comment. Remember what was the experience of RR in the first season. Compared to sides like KTK, RR was having well experienced outfit.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

Worst buy of the IPL... S.Warne($1.8million) J.Botha($9million) Watson($1.2million) and Dravid ... how can they win match with such a team having their best players like this...

Posted by   on (May 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

Seriously! What is with the Dravid bashing?! He certainly was one of the better performers in the RR line up and as regarding his form when he was absent for a Test against SA, we got wrecked with the likes of Vijay, Badrinath and Saha (Why the hell is he in the team with Rahane in line!) completely clueless against Dale Steyn's bowling on the Nagpur Track.

Posted by D.Sharma on (May 18, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

What's up with all this Dravid bashing? Dravid has done just as well as Tendulkar in the IPL. He just doesn't average as much as Sachin because Dravid didn't get enough time in the middle when he was with RCB. Check the stats, they're similar.

Posted by bismoy on (May 18, 2011, 15:49 GMT)

Dravid has not done anything in the last 4 year,sorry to say that he failed vs sl in sl very badly,not done well vs australia in india also was in awful form vs SA in SA,,,,, yes he scored heavily vs weak NZ side in Indian piches,,,,,,, To all Dravid fans who think that he is better than sachin in test, please have reality check....Sachin avg more than dravid and had 3 phenomenal year in test ....also not to forget that sachin is currently no 1 test ranking player....poor sachin alway taken for granted...other even scored a 100 is remembered for 4 years....

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