India v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lahore January 12, 2006

Dravid totally satisfied with preparations

Cricinfo staff



Rahul Dravid: "For strategic reasons, I wouldn't reveal my final XI. It's always good to keep the opposition guessing." © AFP

Rahul Dravid has admitted that going one-nil up is an ideal situation, while playing a three-match Test series, but was quick to add that they had to be good enough to fightback, in case it doesn't go their way. Stating that the pitch at the Gadaffi Stadium was a "good wicket" that will help both the fast bowlers and spinners, Dravid said he was totally satisfied with his side's preparation for the first Test.

While playing his cards close to his chest, Dravid refused to divulge any team information, but admitted that he had decided on the final XI. "For strategic reasons, I wouldn't reveal my final XI. It's always good to keep the opposition guessing. It's good to be in a situation where one can choose from so many good players. Five will be unlucky to miss out. Better to be in a position where we have choices rather than the other way around."

Adding that he was "very happy" with their preparations for the game, Dravid spoke about the quality net facilites that his team had been provided with. "We're happy with everything - the hospitality, the net facilities, the practice pitches. We had a few sessions at the NCA"

Dravid said that it was important for the team to win crucial points and big moments during the series and that could have a decisive influence on its outcome. He also added that the last tour in 2004 was also very much about cricket, though it was historic for a lot of other reasons.