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We can rest senior players and try out younger ones: Dravid

Written by: Staff

Kochi, Apr 6 (UNI) Victorious Indian skipper Rahul Dravid today said the series clinching victory against England here would enable the team to rest senior players and try out younger ones in the remaining three matches.

Talking to reporters after India went up 4-0 with a four wicket win at the Nehru Stadium here, he said, 'We are looking to develop a squad. This is an opportunity to try out a few things.' 'A lot of our players have not had enough practice in match situations, which helps them learn a lot of things. The series win provides an opportunity to try out a few things, we will look to make them better players and play a few guys in different positions'.

''Besides we should give rest to a few people, who have been playing a lot of cricket during the last eight months,'' Dravid said, expressing satisfaction over today's victory.

Dravid described as premature the talk of India making a 7-0 sweep and said his immediate attention was on the next match at Guwahati.

''It was a very good performance today. We have been playing a lot of cricket of late and to keep coming back and winning is very creditable. England put us under pressure at various stages in this series, but we have always fought back, I think we played really well today''.

Dravid said his team did extremely well in restricting England to 237 on a flat wicket. ''The fielding was exceptional and some good catches were taken. India also chased very well, except for the hiccup in the middle. It was a very satisfying way to win the series.'' On delaying the second power play till 29th over, Dravid said he was aware that the batsmen would find it difficult to maintain concentration after getting 60 or 70. ''India were hoping that Pietersen would get tired and that was the reason why taking the Power Play was delayed until the last possible moment,'' the captain said.

''It's never easy to stop a player of Pietersen's quality from scoring runs. It was a gamble that we took the second power play in the 29th over and it paid off.'' UNI GV AA PDS BD2047

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