Test specialist Rahul Dravid, who was recalled to the Indian team that will tour Sri Lanka for three test matches from the middle of July, said he is up for the task after a refreshing break. Dravid did not participate in the last home test series against South Africa. He had picked up injury during the Bangladesh test series early in the year.
The former Indian skipper exuded confidence ahead of the tour, saying the Indian team loved playing in Sri Lanka despite meeting the islanders every year. “I am looking forward to touring Sri Lanka and it is always a great opportunity to play in that country. The spectators and the crowd support for the game is amazing,” Dravid, one of India’s most prolific batsmen ever, told media persons here.
“I hope I can stay fit and score some runs in the months to come. Gaps can be challenging at times, but it was a good preparation time ahead of the Sri Lanka series.” India had gone down one to two to Sri Lanka the last time they met in the isle, but ‘the wall’ is confident that the men-in-blue will do better this time. “We will try and play much better cricket this year and make good the disappointment of last time,” he added. Speaking to media persons at the sidelines of the function to launch the 2010 edition of Limca Book of Records on Monday, Dravid said, “Sri Lanka is a very formidable at home. We have a good team this time. On the last two occasions, we did win a test match, but lost the series. Since then, we have learnt our lessons. This time, we have a good chance to win the series. We have the bowlers capable of taking 20 wickets. But we have to put enough runs on the board.”
He was particularly pleased with the fact that India was set to play 14-15 tests in this calendar year and 11 tests over the next six months. “We are due to play both home and away against some exciting countries. I am looking forward to that.” This ‘Brazilian fan’ who had not missed a single match of his favourite team in the ongoing World Cup, was of the view that the referral system in football was not such a bad idea “when so much is riding on each game. We have seen use of technology in cricket, tennis and many sports in the US. I think there is room for the technology in football.”