India in West Indies 2011 July 4, 2011

'Some of the toughest pitches I've faced' - Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has described India's Test series against West Indies as a tough learning experience for the younger batsmen and he hopes it will hold them in good stead for the future. India have not posted 300-plus in any of the four innings so far, but they lead the three-Test series 1-0 heading in to the final match.

"It's been tough for the batsmen," Dravid said. "It's not been easy for young batsmen to come in and face the new ball on these tracks. I have played four tours here and this has been some of the toughest tracks I have faced. Guys will learn a lot from this experience. It will hold them in good stead. As I was telling some of them they probably might not play on these kinds of tracks."

The likes of Virat Kohli and M Vijay haven't really come to the terms with the pitches and neither man has made 50 runs for the whole series. Vijay battled hard for nearly two hours in the first innings in Barbados and Kohli fought hard in the second innings but neither converted their starts. Abhinav Mukund made 48 in the second innings but couldn't carry on. Dravid felt that in the circumstances, India's batting had held up well.

"It's been a tough, hard series from the batsmen's perspective," he said. "The tracks have been slightly tilted towards bowlers, which is good. The West Indies' bowling has been good. From that perspective we have been challenged in this series and that has been good. People might say the batting hasn't fired but in the context of the series we have not done too badly. The tracks have had pace and bounce compared to the tracks they played in ODIs and tracks we played last time. If not for rain in Barbados we would have had two results."

Dravid counted Ishant Sharma as one of the big positives to emerge from this series. "Ishant has been sensational. Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Abhimanyu Mithun and Amit Mishra all have done their job. The slip catching has been good. Touch wood, I hope I don't jinx it but slip catching has been top class. These are all the positives."

Ishant suffered a light cut under his eye while playing football in the training session today but Dravid said the injury wasn't serious. "Ishant has just a small bruise. A little bit of cut. He should be fine."

Dravid said India would go in to the final Test in Dominica with a winning mindset, rather than opting for safety first and trying to keep their 1-0 lead. "The Test match is an important one," Dravid said. "We are not worrying about the series. We've got the team to win this Test match. We would have liked to win the series in Barbados but to lose 130 overs due to rain was disappointing. We were in control of that Test match, especially from the second innings onwards. This is a good chance to win a series here again. We have to put up five days of big performance here."

Dravid said he hadn't seen the pitch yet but that he believed it would have some pace and bounce. "There will be some good atmosphere - this is the first Test match here and I believe when a one-day match was played here there was good crowd," he said. "Hopefully they will come in for the Test."

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  • HSAF on July 6, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    @Ravi Darira & uglyhunK :

    uglyhunK - Stats don't lie - right - check the stats of both......and give me ur stats to prove that Sachin is Legend and Dravid is not...

    Ravi Darira - Truth always bitters dude, it bittered u and in return now u have accepted that he is good in Tests (which you have not agreed before in ur comments abt his play). Still some more stats will prove u that he is comparable to Sachi in ODI too. Like compare the AVG and Stats of the both in ODIs and check their failures and success and their term of services (no of years). I haven't told Tedulkar is a failure but he is not different than Dravid when it comes to Cricket.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Oh... common man... Sachin teared apart the pak bowling.. true... But you should remember... that was an in consequential match... india had already qualified for super six,,And in this world cup semi..He got 5 lives... Forgot that...!!!!! Includind one UDRS assisted one... Pls..Be real..Not a fan.. :-)

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @HSAF - regarding the stats of dravid averaging more than sachin in the world cups, that is really most ridiculous comparison, i mean it is one thing if u compare them in tests, but ODIS??????? apparently you didnt see any of the games or you would have remembered - sachin tearing pakistan apart in 2003, scoring a 90 in the semi finals against pakistan in 2011, (all crucial innings under pressure) and i make you count a lot more.

  • uglyhunK on July 6, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @Ravi Darira - Man, I admire your guts to take on all Dravid's irrational fans. While you state facts about his career they come up with abstract nonsense like "he plays for team", "he protects others" and such. I understand stats won't tell the whole story but they never lie. Kudos dude.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    @DrArun Pras : True Comment ever about Sachin. 2011 World Cup - sachin performance is THE WORST. Last 2 years - His run scoring is WORST.

  • KPushpak on July 6, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Hi HSAF, Thanks. I m biggest fan of Rahul. He is very great man but very unlucky also...I want to see another double hundred from him...I

  • HSAF on July 6, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    @Ravi Darira: If you consider just 3 or 5 series as failures (even its not consecutive series and he is not most worse at that period), then please look at stats list of your Sachin who had much worse failures for years before he comes up again after everyone asks about his form and retirements. I don't hear much of that controversies about Dravid's form,etc..Dravid always stands tall.....While Sachin is short (on either state of his down / up forms).

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Who ever saying sachin as GOD... pls count out the times he scored a century...or atleast won the match for india in a difficult condition.... He never performed in crucial matches...especially in finals...The only occasions when he won finals/crucial matches wer In 1998 sharja and 2008 Australia triangular series finals... Am agreeing that he is great... soo great that once in a life time player.... but a non performer in crunch situations....For that matter the real number one is our own VVS Laxman..hen comes Rahul Dravid...Sachin's name is far low in this list...

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas - thkz buddy :) nice to meet u

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I like the passion of dravid fans here, he is great, he scored a century against the #7 team's second grade side, he even scored centuries against new zealand in india when harbi score two centuries, and of course no one remembers most recent south africa, sri lanka or australia series when he flopped...but they directly skip to 5 years back ....

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