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India secured their first Test series victory in England since 1986
Rahul Dravid refused to apologise for what some labelled defensive tactics in the third Test against England at The Oval, saying "we got what we came for".

The India skipper faced criticism from some fans for not forcing England to follow-on on day four, allowing the hosts to come back and claim a draw.

But, with the series wrapped up 1-0, he said: "I know my bowlers and team and I could not force too much from them.

"In the end, we came here to win the series and that's exactly what we did."

Kevin Pietersen's 101 helped England bat out the final day in the third Test to save the match, but Dravid insisted it took no gloss off a fine series from his side, their first triumph in England since 1986.

"I'm so proud to have captained this team," he said. "Everything we have achieved here is down to team effort and it is a fitting finale for some of our older players who won't be playing here again.

"It will be fantastic when we are older and we can look back at a time when we came to the home of cricket and came away with a series win - it's amazing."

I have really fond memories of this country but none better than making a hundred at The Oval and winning the series

Anil Kumble

Man of the match Anil Kumble will be one of those who won't be returning to play Test cricket in England.

He said: "This is a very special moment, winning a series in England for the first time in 21 years.

"This is definitely my last Test in England and it will be nice to go home with this memory. We deserve it.

"I have really fond memories of playing Test and county cricket in this country but none better than making a hundred at The Oval and winning the series.

"It is a great way to finish my career here."

The veteran, who made a maiden Test century in the first innings, revealed Shane Warne - the highest scorer in Test history without a century to his name - sent him a congratulatory text to mark the occasion.

"It was lovely of Shane to send me a message," said Kumble.



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India in England 2007
08 Jan 07 |  Cricket


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