South Africa tour of India, 2005-06 November 17, 2005

Dravid predicts close series

PTI



Despite the bowlers conceding a few extras, Dravid believed they had bowled well. © Getty Images
Predicting a close series against South Africa, Rahul Dravid, the Indian captain, has said that his team will strive to bounce back with an improved performance in the second one-dayer, to be played at Bangalore on November 19.

"Yes, we have got to come back strongly and play good cricket," Dravid told reporters in Bangalore, his howetown. He also insisted that he was satisfied with the courageous performance of Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh and Ajit Agarkar, who helped to score a respectable 249 after the team was 35 for 5 at one stage. "[But] I think, we did well in the last game," he said. "The boys showed a lot of character and courage to fight back. I am very satisfied. We can take heart from that. If we do a few things, we will end up with better results."

He also said the team was looking to improve its batting in the first 15 overs and cut down on the number of extras. However, about the 24 extras conceded in the match, Dravid dismissed the issue as "not a problem" because despite conceding a few extras, he believed the Indian bowlers bowled well.