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2nd Test England v India



Rahul Dravid
Dravid was at the crease as his team wrapped up victory
Captain Rahul Dravid said winning the toss was vital to India's seven-wicket win over England in the second Test.

Dravid had the option to bowl first in damp conditions on day one and he said: "It was important, if not crucial.

"But our bowlers still had to put the ball in the right areas. To get them out for under 200 was a great effort."

Asked if he thought the behaviour of players had crossed the line, Dravid said: "It was close to it in some cases but I don't think it got too bad."

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle revealed that no action would be taken against either England or India, but that both Dravid and Michael Vaughan would be spoken to about the future conduct of their players.

"I will be having a chat with them before the next game - that is the time to talk," he said. "The important thing is to remind the captains that they are responsible for the behaviour of their sides and it cascades down to the rest of the team.

Batsmen said it was a difficult angle and they were not used to it

Zaheer Khan on bowling from round the wicket

Dravid explained that the team vowed to improve after narrowly avoiding defeat in the first Test at Lord's when bad light ended play with their final two batsmen at the crease.

"We got together after Lord's and knew we had to put in a better performance and knew we had the players to do it," he said.

"It was brilliant bowling on the first day allied to a good opening partnership that set it up for us."

The captain praised Zaheer Khan, who bowled superbly on Monday to finish with match figures of 9-134.

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"He led the attack like a champion, you players to take the game by the scruff of the neck."

Of the century opening stand between Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffer on Saturday, he said: "We had seen promise in the last few matches, both are young boys learning but they set it up for the middle order."

Man-of-the-match Zaheer honed his English swing bowling skills during a stint in county cricket with Worcestershire, which he described as "a wonderful learning experience.

"Bowling day in and day out helped me to achieve consistency and I was able to experiment with things."

One of the experiments that paid great dividends was the tactic of bowling around the wicket, which uprooted Matt Prior's middle stump in the second innings.

"When my bowling was wayward I started going around the wicket to counter-balance it," the 28-year-old explained.

"I was able to get the ball to go away and batsmen said it was a difficult angle and they were not used to it."

SEE ALSO
England face battle to save Test
29 Jul 07 |  England
India take charge of second Test
28 Jul 07 |  England
India in England 2007
08 Jan 07 |  Cricket


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