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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 09:27 GMT
Dravid laments India batting woes
Rahul Dravid is dejected after being dismissed three balls after lunch
Dravid's dismissal triggered India's spectacular collapse
Rahul Dravid blamed India's "collective collapse of reason" for their 212-run defeat by England in the third Test.

The hosts slumped from 75-3 to 100 all out as the series was tied in Mumbai (Bombay) and captain Dravid said: "It was quite bizarre the way we collapsed.

"We batted really poorly after lunch. England played well right through the Test and kept the pressure on.

"England played some very good cricket and I congratulate them - they fully deserved to win."

Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar added 42 after the Indians lost two early wickets on day five at the Wankhede Stadium.

But the skipper was caught behind off Andrew Flintoff's third delivery after lunch and Tendulkar fell soon after.

"We achieved our first target of getting to lunch without losing too many wickets and needed to bat to tea without losing wickets," Dravid added.

"Wickets in hand would have given us a chance like in Nagpur but we lost two wickets straight after lunch.

"That put a lot of pressure on us and we played some bad shots."

Greg Chappell
Some of the best lessons come from a bad day and there's a few we can learn from today
Greg Chappell

Coach Greg Chappell said the home side's demise had shown once again how badly they need more players who can battle it out for long spells like Dravid.

The Indian captain - known as "The Wall" - provided stubborn resistance throughout the series to finish with 309 runs.

"He's an incredible performer but we've relied heavily on him and it's time we found some others who carry their fair share of the load," the Australian explained.

"We knew the wicket was good enough if we had to save the game but we didn't play well enough.

"We're rebuilding the side and you take a few steps forward and some back.

"Some of the best lessons come from a bad day and there's a few we can learn from today."


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