Dravid backs batsmen against South African pace

dravidCaptain Rahul Dravid bristled on Tuesday at suggestions India were poor players of fast bowling.

South Africa host India in the second One-day International (ODI) here on Wednesday (today) and recent rain and humid conditions are likely to ensure the traditionally responsive Kingsmead pitch will favour seam and swing bowlers even more than usual.

“Have we consistently performed as a group in the last couple of tours to South Africa in the Test matches?” Dravid told a news conference.

“Probably not but there have been guys who have put their hand up and played pace well across the world. Every time India travel you hear these things and every time South Africa travel to India you hear about how they can’t play spin bowling,” he revealed.

“Each team has its strengths and weaknesses and the challenge is to play well in conditions which are not similar to those you have at home,” he added.

India have yet to win a Test in South Africa in nine attempts. The visitors have won three and lost 12 of the 16 one-dayers they have played in this country. Dravid said his side would take heart from reaching the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

“We did well in these conditions the last time we playe

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