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UAE leg is a success for RR: Dravid

Rahul Dravid

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid is a satisfied man at the end of the UAE leg of the IPL VII. While the former India captain feels his team have done well by winning three of the five matches there, what has given him the biggest pleasure is the Super Over victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the concluding tie on Tuesday night.

“The victory over KKR last night was definitely a huge step forward for the entire squad,” Dravid said during a promotional on Wednesday evening. “A win like this works wonders for the team spirit and bonding,” he added.

Asked what should be his team’s plans in the India leg of the tournament, Dravid laughed and said: “The target is to win all matches and to score at least one run more than our rivals.”

On a serious note, Dravid said he considered the Royals’s UAE campaign a success. “The very fact that we won more matches than we lost was a very positive sign. We played some good cricket in the UAE and that keeps us in good stead. We now head into the India leg where the competition will be tough, as all teams are equally matched and would go all out.”

Playing in India, Dravid said, would be more challenging. “Here the teams would play at various grounds. The pitches are different. So, it won’t be an easy task for any team,” he said.

Asked whether he would miss the opportunity of playing at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, where Rajasthan Royals became an almost invincible side by not losing a single match in the IPL VI, Dravid said he would have loved to return to Jaipur.

“We will miss Jaipur because we had a wonderful time there – on and off the field. We were able to create a huge fan base and people out there backed the team in a great manner… they were nice and warm.

“On the other hand, Ahmedabad certainly will be different but we hope to have an equally good time there, too. I have played lots of a cricket at the Sardar Patel Stadium. Hopefully, we will have two nice homes now,” he said.

Dravid said he was glad to see that the bowlers were doing well in the IPL this time.