Australia in India 2008-09 October 27, 2008

Dravid happy with his batting form

Cricinfo staff


Rahul Dravid: "My runs-per-ball average is pretty good this series. I think you have to be a little patient and I am ready to be patient" © AFP
 

Rahul Dravid has said that he was batting well and remained confident the runs would come despite not making substantial scores in the first two Tests against Australia. Dravid aggregated 95 in three innings, with a half-century in Bangalore.

"It has been little disappointing for me," Dravid said. "I played on good wickets in Bangalore and Mohali but couldn't convert the starts that I got. I will just try and keep batting well. Keep the routine and runs will come. My runs-per-ball average is pretty good this series. I think you have to be a little patient and I am ready to be patient."

Dravid was hopeful that India will wrap up the series, which they lead 1-0, in the Delhi Test starting Wednesday. "It's a great venue for us. I haven't played in a Test that we have lost here. So it's always nice to come back here. Hopefully we will wrap it up here and make it seven in a row."

Dravid was optimistic that Anil Kumble, who made the venue memorable for India by taking all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999, will be fit for the Test. Kumble had to miss the match in Mohali after injuring his shoulder. "Kumble practised today," Dravid said. "He bowled and even batted. The physio is positive about his fitness."