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I hope we will do better in West Indies this time: Dravid

Last updated on: May 18, 2011 12:15 IST

I hope we will do better in West Indies this time: Dravid

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Former captain Rahul Dravid is hopeful about the Indian cricket team improving upon its 2006 performance in the upcoming tour of the West Indies. 

During the 2006 West Indies tour, the Indian team created history under Dravid's captaincy when they won a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time in 35 years. 

"We won the series there last time around but I hope we will do better this time," he said on the sidelines of a promotional event.

"If the West Indies play their full strength side, they will be a tough team to beat. But it will be interesting to see if they have their full side." 

Dravid became only the second Indian skipper, after Ajit Wadekar, to have won a Test series in the West Indies when he led India to a 1-0 victory in a four-match rubber in 2006.


Image: Rahul Dravid
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'Tendulkar vs Warne would be a good contest'

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Meanwhile, Dravid was confident that the last chapter in the rivalry between spin wizard Shane Warne and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, with the former announcing his retirement from the IPL, would be an engrossing one when Rajasthan Royals take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede on Friday. 

"Both are great players. If we see the history we will agree both are legends. It will be a good show by great cricketers.

"Every one will like to see such contests. Hopefully, there would be a good contest," he said.


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'Inexperience led to Rajasthan Royals' failure'

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The 38-year-old cricketer, who is part of the Jaipur outfit, said inexperience was the reason behind Rajasthan Royals' failure to make it to the playoffs of IPL 4. 

"Look, our side has got a little bit of inexperience if you look at our game.

"There are 10 teams and at the end of the day other teams had probably more experienced players in this competition."


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'We can improve next year'

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We are not in a position to get to the play-offs. We have got some up and down performances. We have some youngsters doing well for us. We can improve next year," Dravid said.

He pinpointed Rajasthan Royals' Ashok Menaria and Ajinkya Rahane as the players to watch out for in the future.

"Happy to see some young players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria come through...they have shown a glimpse of what they can do.

"Rahane has done well for Mumbai in Ranji and domestic cricket while Menaria has done well for Rajasthan."


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