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Friday, June 24, 2011

Dravid: Give youngsters time

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Veteran Rahul Dravid has come out in support of the young India batsmen who failed to live up the hype in India's 63-run win in the first Test against the West Indies.
Rahul Dravid's 112 in the second innings proved to be the platform for India's win but the youngsters, drafted in place of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh, failed to make their mark.
Dravid, however, said the youngsters need to be backed and given time to prove themselves.
India's middle order has been well served by Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, but vacancies are going to open up sooner than later.
Dravid said youngsters look even better than the famous quartet in talent.
"We all needed time - we have been around for 15 years since we were given a bit of time and you can't expect performances straight away," Dravid said.
"To be fair to these guys, they have been performing brilliantly in ODIs and I believe Indian cricket is in good hands and these youngsters are going to perform much better than we did even."
India ended up with a comfortable win but there were moments in the match when India looked own and out and Dravid admitted the team will have to play much better in the coming days.
"We know we need to do better than we did in this Test. If we are honest we know there are areas we need to improve on, and hopefully we will get that right in Barbados. It has not been easy: a lot of guys have come off a flight two-three days before the Test and there's been no practice game. Hopefully this win is a good lead-up, and the guys will do better in the next game."


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