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Last Updated: Monday, 13 March 2006, 10:32 GMT
Selection dilemmas please Dravid
Rahul Dravid
Dravid was delighted with India's new seamer Munaf Patel
India captain Rahul Dravid admitted that it would be difficult to decide who to leave out after his team sealed an emphatic nine-wicket win in Mohali.

"Losing a lot of time we had to put in a really good performance to win and the boys responded beautifully.

"We have some happy problems, we have worked hard with the young boys and the results are showing, we've a good blend of youth and experience," he said.

"You must take 20 wickets so we'll look at options and try and be flexible."

Meanwhile, the India selectors were quick to announce an unchanged squad of 15 for the final Test in Mumbai beginning on Saturday, with batsmen VVS Laxman and Mohammad Kaif, plus pace bowler Sri Sreesanth hoping for a return to the side.

Dravid was delighted with the conditions at Mohali, which was staging only its seventh Test match.

"It was a great wicket, if you were a quality bowler you could get some bounce, a good spinner could get some turn and you could play your shots," he said.

The captain was full of praise for debutant Munaf Patel, the 21-year-old swing bowler who captured seven wickets.

"He really helps to knock teams over with reverse swinging yorkers," Dravid enthused.

Anil Kumble
England had little answer to the wiles Kumble in Mohali

"We faced a lot of that in our time so it's nice to have someone who can give it back!"

Veteran spinner Anil Kumble was named Man of the Match after taking nine wickets and he is hoping his impressive display will earn him a recall to the one-day squad.

Kumble, who took nine wickets in the match, was left out for the home series against South Africa and also missed the series in Pakistan.

Asked if he would welcome a recall to the shorter version of the game he said: "If the management has a place for me, then yes."

The match represented a milestone for the 35-year-old, who captured his 500th Test wicket and received a commemorative silver plaque.

"I never thought I would get this far," said Kumble, who made his debut in 1990.

Analysing India's crushing victory, he said: "We had to put some pressure on England and I thought we did really well getting them out for 300 and the debutant Munaf Patel bowled beautifully."

Kumble also defied England with the bat, contributing a dogged 32 that ensured a useful first innings lead of 38 for his team.

"When you are playing an extra bowler it is important for the tail to wag," he said.

Coach Greg Chappell ruled out any possibility of India adopting safety first tactics in the final match of the series.

"We're not the sort of team that's going to go to Mumbai and try to make sure it just finishes 1-0, we'd like to win that Test match if we can, but obviously we've got to keep playing good cricket," he told the BBC.

India squad for the final Test with England in Mumbai on Saturday:

India (from): R Dravid (capt), V Sehwag, W Jaffer, S Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, M Kaif, Yuvraj S, M Dhoni (wkt), I Pathan, S Sreesanth, A Kumble, Harbhajan S, RP Singh, M Patel, P Chawla.

Interview: India captain Rahul Dravid

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